I don’t live in a cramped New York walkup apartment – I’m a suburbanite. And although I don’t smoke or swear, I definitely have other flaws as a mother that embarrass me around my kid. Perhaps these are the only minor differences between me and Uma Thurman’s character in “Motherhood“. (Oh, that and I’m not a 6-foot tall goddess even when wearing glasses and frumpy bathrobes.) “Motherhood”, released on DVD on February 23, 2010, gave me pause at first. I know I don’t ever review mainstream movies on dkMommy Spot. I do the nature stuff generally, or educational DVD’s for kids. But the fact that Uma plays the part of both frazzled mother and mommy blogger (also frazzled) appealed to me for obvious reasons; even more obvious if you’ve ever seen me frazzled.
Through much of “Motherhood” I caught myself feeling slightly uncomfortable, almost embarrassed. It’s not that the acting is bad – Thurman does a great job. And it isn’t because it’s a heavy drama. It’s more of a comedy with drama mixed in. What I found was making me uneasy was the reality of it. How often as mothers have we watched Hollywood’s version of what they think our lives are? Perfect houses with manicured lawns and Ethan Allen furniture, while our unruly children throw toys on our white carpet. (Anyone? Me neither.) But “Motherhood” gives such an accurate portrayal of the day-to-day chaos that most of us accept as part of life made me squirm in my seat that Hollywood nailed it this time. It was the perfect blend of chaos mixed with “darn-I-adore-these-kids” that I think most of us experience. Sheer exhaustion we wouldn’t trade for anything the minute we look at our kids.
As a blogger, I loved seeing that portion of my life portrayed; so often mommy bloggers are cast aside as not “real” bloggers or not “real” writers, but it’s a big part of who we are and how we connect with other mothers in our shoes. The movie did a great job of portraying that.
Fortunately, most of us don’t experience days to the extreme that Thurman’s character did in “Motherhood”, but I think we can all relate to having had a few of these from time to time. Helping Thurman cope was Minnie Driver; her husband was played by Anthony Edwards.
I’d recommend checking out “Motherhood“. Probably not one your husband will go for, but if you have a precious evening alone with a hot cocoa and perhaps a tissue or two, it’s a good one to watch. Or grab another mom friend; you’ll have lots to talk about by movie’s end!
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