Mother’s Day (2016)
Plot: As Mother’s Day draws near, a three generations of women, seemingly unconnected, in Atlanta, come to terms with the relationships they have with their own mothers.
Studio: Open Road Films
Box Office: $32.5 million
1. Are there two or more named People of Color? Yes- Russell (Aasif Mandvi) and his mom, Sonia
2. Do they talk to each other? Yes
3. About something other than White people? No- the conversation always circles back to Jesse (Kate Hudson) and the marital issues that are being caused by her racist parents
4. Asian Bonus: Is there an Asian character? Yes, Russell and his mom
Commentary: The film falls into playing at stereotypes rather than providing honest commentary on interracial marriage. There are times the characters will even point out that a[n attempted] joke is racist but then laugh it off admitting that it is also funny. “I get why they call him ‘Tanner'” is a direct quote from the film referencing the mixed-race son of Jesse and Russell. Another nonsensical story line is having the audience believe that Flo and Earl, the white, straight bigoted parents from Texas, are able to gain acceptance of their two daughters’ relationships (Jesse’s sister is gay) within one day of meeting their partners. The couples both have children who the grandparents (Flo and Earl) do not know about. Somehow their relationships and children have been kept secret for years (at least 5 given the kids’ ages) but in a 24 hour time span the homophobic racists have a change of heart. The character arcs are not only lacking plausibility, but also lack respectability by mocking entire cultures.
Blogger: Ruchi Fruitwala