Otherhood: Heartwarming tale that falls short of something new

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The three ladies take on New York to re-build relationships with their sons. Netflix

NETFLIX’S Otherhood finally makes it to the small screen after a couple of postponement issues due to the college scandal that Felicity Huffman was involved in, the movie was initially supposed to have been released on Mother’s Day.

A heartwarming tale of three mothers who come to realise that the relationship they once had with their sons have been deteriorating over the years. The movie starts off showing the three ladies come together to celebrate Mother’s Day and soon thickens when one of them, Carol Walker (Angela Bassett) sends herself some flowers with notes on the pretense that it was sent by her son.

The two others, Gillian Lieberman (Patricia Arquette) and Helen Halston (Felicity Huffman, yes the Felicity Huffman who is embroiled in the college scandal) going through a similar ordeal decide to make their way to New York to surprise visit their sons and rebuilt relationships. While on the mission, they each realise there is more to than just a distance between the mothers and sons.

Relationships and boundaries get tested along with each discovering that there’s more to life than their sons. The movie does a good job exploring a mother’s point of view in pining for a long-lasting relationship with their children but makes a good point to show that perhaps sometimes it’s equally important to focus on their own selves too.

They soon discover there’s more to life through self-discovery. Netflix

However, the movie is soon swallowed by a cliché storyline showcasing typical storylines where one of the mothers have to go through a makeover and gatecrash her son’s work party in order to truly have fun. The same trope applies to the other two. Arquette’s character takes almost the whole movie to realise that her son’s lack of self-esteem and ruined love life was part of her doing and Huffman’s character, well, she had to portray the most typical rendition that Hollywood has seen. The plastic surgery covered mom who just could not stand her son being too close to his dad.

Plots of the sons are buried throughout the movie as the movie keeps going back and forth, taking away attention from focusing on the relationship the sons were supposed to rebuild with their mothers.

Dramatic scenes in the movie are short-lived.

Credit has to be given to the three ladies who add spice and quality acting to the movie, deeming it more watchable than it would have been if in their place were mediocre performers.

While Otherhood tries hard to make it a heartwarming story about the self-discovery journey of the three mothers, the ending feels a little too rushed in order to wrap up the story. The movie eventually falls flat on a weak and cliché storyline despite the star power of three award winning ladies but if you are looking to watch something without a critical eye, I think Otherhood is a decent choice to give a go as they rank a step higher than a Hallmark movie.

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