Mom's Day Away

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Wholesome sitcom-style Mother's Day story is just OK.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 83 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Promotes finding a balance between family and career, with emphasis on parenting. Encourages children, in this case teens, to be thoughtful and aware of parents' needs and to acknowledge them as people. Everyone in the film learns a lesson about priorities and considerate behavior.

Positive Role Models & Representations

"Mom" is fully committed to her family, asking little in return; she learns to expect more from her husband and kids and find joy in other aspects of her life as well as her parental role. Fully engaged career woman reevaluates her priorities. Self-involved husband and kids mature, gain appreciation and respect for the wife/mother. 

Violence
Sex

Loving kisses between partners.

Language
Consumerism

Sparkling Hill Resort

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Light wine consumption in social situations.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mom's Day Away is a Hallmark Channel TV movie. This light comedy, set on a Mother's Day weekend from a mom's viewpoint, delivers messages about setting priorities and finding a balance between family and career, as well as about family members treating each other with respect and consideration. Nothing tarnishes the film's wholesome tone and intent. On the other hand, the story's predictability and conventional characters offer little in the way of originality or fresh insights. Parents are more likely than kids to be interested in this movie.

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What's the story?

Mother's Day weekend is at hand, but no one in the Miller household seems to notice in MOM'S DAY AWAY. Mom Laura (Bonnie Somerville in a winning, natural performance) takes everything in stride as she covers all the family's needs with only the slightest bit of frustration. Dad Michael (James Tupper) and the two kids, age 12 and 16, offer little in the way of help, appreciation, or consideration. A surprise visit from Laura's BFF, Trish (Ona Grauer), changes everything. Both talented architects, the two old friends have taken entirely different paths, and Trish knows Laura almost better than Laura knows herself. A weekend of fun and relaxation is what "doctor" Trish prescribes for Laura, and Laura, with only the slightest hesitation, accepts. What follows is a traditional escape: shopping, karaoke, a day spa, and then an overnight a visit to a lavish resort. Most of all, it's an opportunity for Trish, Laura, and the family she leaves behind (but just barely -- Laura's always accessible by cell phone) to take fresh looks at the lives they lead and what the future holds for them. 

Is it any good?

Good-natured but bland, this movie has situations and dilemmas that audiences have seen countless times before. Women reevaluate their life roles, a man comes to terms with his partner as an individual, kids take on responsibilities and learn what it means to be active members of a family. Nicely photographed with a number of solid performances, the film has a plot and tone that are consistently middle-brow. Situations are shopworn (messy bedrooms, a boy-crazy 12-year-old, an inept new driver). There are no dramatic peaks and valleys or intense "aha" moments, and the minor conflicts are low-key with very predictable outcomes. Harmless and mildly entertaining, this Hallmark TV movie simply doesn't add up to much.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the dynamics in the Miller family. Do you think this traditional family with the hardworking father, the overworked, selfless stay-at-home mom, and two indulged teen kids is the norm or ideal today? What different kinds of families are you aware of? How does your family set priorities and manage responsibilities? 

  • Look up the film term "montage." In what ways does a filmed montage assist in telling a story? Did the "day out" montage in this movie serve as a shorthand to insights into the characters and the setting of tone and provide opportunities for comedy? 

  • What does it mean when a movie is "predictable"? Were you surprised by any of the story's events? At what point in your viewing did you know how the movie would end? 

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