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Selma Blair

MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS in Time for Mother’s Day

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!

SEX, DEATH & BOWLING – Bring a Tissue!

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to theatres this week from director/writer Ally Walker and Monterey Media is family, secrets and sports with SEX, DEATH & BOWLING.

Eli McAllister (Joshua Rush) is an 11-year-old boy whose life is turning upside down. His father Rick (Bailey Chase) is seriously ill, his mother Glenn (Selma Blair) is emotionally absent and Grandfather Dick (Daniel Kelly) is avoiding everything.

Coming home after a long absence, Sean (Adrian Grenier) comes home to spend time with his brother. The memories come flooding back of their growing up together yet there is a secret that is haunting Sean.

Eli is actually thrilled to see his Uncle Sean. The town has a tournament, The Fiesta Cup, and with his father ill, Eli needs someone else. Knowing that things are rocky between Sean and his grandfather, it also becomes an opportunity to bring the family together and do one last thing for his father.

Healing and forgiveness can start even while wearing bowling shoes!

Grenier as Sean is a young man who has made a success of his life. Getting away from small town living and the secrets, he has relocated to Europe. Coming back to visit his ill brother, the character of Sean is also trying to fix his relationship at home long distance. There is so much emotion here for Grenier yet he doesn’t rob anything from each story he must address. From his love life, to memories past, the relationship with his brother, father and even Eli – Grenier portrays his character so deeply.

Rush as Eli is amazing as a young man dealing with so much for his age. Wanting to make his father proud and trying to keep life normal for his mother. This young man is smart and totally endearing as Eli. It constantly amazed me that he had things more together than the adults who should have been his support system. Rush gives a performance that stands out as one I will remember for a long time.

Blair as Glenn is a woman falling apart and falling away from her son. Of course this is understandable but seeing the effect on son Eli is hard. Blair gives this character such believability and sadness, well done performance. Chase as Rick is a husband and father who tries to reconnect with is brother and father while watching his wife sadness. Kelly as father/grandfather Dick is a bit like Eli in that there are secrets and unresolved issues that have followed him for years.

Other cast include: Melora Walters as Evie, Drea de Matteo as Ana, Mary Lynn Rajskub as Kim, Drew Powell as Tim, Richard Riehle as Father Joe, Erica Gimpel as Shanti and Joseph Aviel as John.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give SEX, DEATH & BOWLING four tubs of popcorn out of five. This is such a lovely story about the history of a family that isn’t all roses. When Sean returns, it is as if no one can move forward until the family issues are spoken about openly. I’m going to take a wild guess in saying that there are many who can relate to the duality of loving a family member and wanting to scream at them simultaneously.

The film is shot extremely well not relying on over played with a loud sentimental soundtrack but instead letting the viewer take each event moment by moment. The characters are so well done that the twists and turns will get an honest reaction from viewers. That’s so important when telling a story filled with such intensity.

There is also humor here that I love, it’s a little twisted in places but it reminds me of my own family which, again, makes the entire film relatable.

Director/writer and actress Ally Walker isn’t new to the emotion game. To her credit Walker has given television performances on such shows as Longmire, Colony, The Protector and the most amazing show Sons of Anarchy. As Agent June Stahl she gave me more than one occasion to scream at the screen.

The script is well done and Walker obviously knew exactly what she wanted to put on screen and she does it beautifully. I dare anyone who sees this film not to laugh, get a little choked up and even sniffle a time or two.

In the end – sometimes coming home means going back!

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