A Southern comedy drama about life, love and family which follows a group of lifelong friends as they stage a rather unorthodox intervention to help a young playwright unravel the truth about her eccentric mother, find forgiveness and come to terms with her difficult past.
The sudsy film adaptation of two best-selling novels by Rebecca Wells tells of mother-daughter strife, alcoholism and other ills besetting a Louisiana family over three generations. Sandra Bullock is a New York playwright dragged home by her mother's friends on a family peace-making mission. Ellen Burstyn is Mom, a dithery drama queen, and Ashley Judd the same Mom as a harried, embittered young mother with a drinking problem. Fionnula Flanagan, Shirley Knight and Maggie Smith are the three childhood friends with whom Mom formed a pact of friendship more than half a century earlier. The connections between past and present feel tenuous, and the Oprah-ready mood of uplift is tainted with a strain of cuteness. — Stephen Holden
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