Mothers and Daughters


Jeri Jacquin

Coming to theatres this week and on VOD from writer/director Paul Duddridge and Screen Media Films is what happens between MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS.

Rigby Gray (Selma Blair) is a young photographer who is in the middle of her career doing very well for herself. Rebecca (Christina Ricci) is another young woman in the middle of a family situation she could have never seen coming.

Georgina Scott (Mira Sorvino) is coming to terms with a past that is stopping her from moving forward in her life. Finally there is Gayle (Eva Amurri Martino), a woman who is supportive of her husband except when it comes to asking her mother for help.

What do these ladies have in common? Well, they all have mothers. Millie (Susan Sarandon) is trying to understand daughter Gayle but isn’t being true to herself in the process. Beth (Courtney Cox) is trying to fix the family that includes Rebecca. Nina (Sharon Stone) also has to decide how to tell her daughter of secrets that include them both.

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This is a story of love, loss, mistakes, joys and most of all forgiveness because that’s what it takes to be mothers and daughters!

I love this cast, starting with Blair as Rigby who portrays a woman who has the dream job. What she doesn’t expect is to find a little surprise that will be taking over the rest of her life. Blair is actually quite funny! Ricci as Rebecca is an angry young woman who doesn’t know where to really put her anger. Needing time to put it all together is something I can relate to absolutely.

Sorvino as Georgina is so lovely in this role. It’s difficult to come to terms with the past, especially when you wake up one morning and it wants answers. Martino as Gayle is feeling like life went on without her. I know many women will understand this character and embrace her.

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Sarandon as Millie is the character I understand the most. As a mother you want to be able to talk to your child but when its talk on egg shells, it’s the worst! I just love Sarandon’s ability to be soft and then flip the switch. Cox as Beth is the mother who reaches out and is shut down but won’t give up. Stone as Nina is a strong woman who may be afraid of secrets but it doesn’t stop her from being a Mom.

Other cast include: Elizabeth Daily as Momma Quinn, Luke Mitchell as Nelson Quinn, Paul Adelstein as Peter, Natalie Burn as Young Lydia, Gilles Marini as Bill, Liana Mendoza as Grace and Quinton Aaron as Dr. Hamilton.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This is certainly the film that will bring mothers and daughters to tears. These stories cover so many emotions because they are all close to many of us.

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It is hard for husbands-boyfriends-brothers etc., often have a difficult time understanding the complex relationship of women but it’s even more so with mothers and their daughters. We try so hard not to be like the one person we are almost exactly like that we all need to embrace it and even laugh about it.

When deciding what film us gals want to see this weekend, perhaps it’s a good time to see ourselves on the big screen with MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS.

In the end – love is the one thing they can all agree on!