Marilyn Kentz: I have four kids, so I figured I knew a little about the lifestyle portrayed in the latest Uma Thurman movie, "Motherhood." In it, she plays Eliza, a stressed out mom with two cute kids and a clueless husband.
My mommy instincts were assaulted because Eliza seems to have none. Who shops for their kid's birthday party the day of the party? No offense to my procrastinating friends, but that is one thing all moms take care of days -- even months, in some cases -- before. I understood the deep-down need to get the bargain on the $400 dress, but not if the party is in a few hours and you haven't done a thing to prepare. The daughter was so quirky-cute that I worried through the whole movie as to whether or not she was going to be disappointed.
The husband, played by Anthony Edwards, wouldn't answer his phone when his wife needed him most, gave no encouragement to her regarding her little writing project, AND did not know how to help his choking son. I was even more frustrated with him -- even after he did something nice.
The ending is tied up in the unsatisfying Hollywood ribbon, but I still left the theater ready to yell at my own husband.
|Marilyn Kentz is the brunette half of the '90s comedy duo "The Mommies" and author of "A Ten-Step Guide to Fearless Aging."|