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Parents' Guide to

Mothers and Daughters

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Some drinking, drugs in overwrought all-star drama.

Movie PG-13 2016 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 17+

Hard to sit through.

I don't know if I expected more from the cast. It all seemed cliche and mechanically acted.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This drama aims to link disparate plots with a common theme (in this case, motherhood), but it doesn't give any of the stories enough breathing room. With so many stories to tell, it's tough to truly develop the characters, so what we're left with is stereotypes: the angry daughter, the career woman who's too busy to be a parent, the mom who regrets a long-ago decision. We also get speeches focusing on the endless love that pours from the fountain of motherhood, on the life-changing transformation of becoming a parent, and other tender topics.

It doesn't help that the stories are all pretty soapy -- plus, they're all either completely unlikely or oh-so-common. Few of these dilemmas feel like something real people would experience. And since the entire cast is wealthy and white, it's even less likely to ring true for many viewers. Even a stellar cast can't save this overwrought film.

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