“Oh, he blew another man’s whistle!” is a line from the new trailer for Garry Marshall’s newest everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-but-also-the-sink holiday name film, Mother’s Day. It’s also not about what you or me or anyone else would like it to be about. It is, however, indicative of the kind of harmless, escapist, mind-numbing fun found in this mercifully brief trailer.
With Mother’s Day, called here “the mother of all comedies,” Marshall and his extensive team hope to celebrate the “most important job in the world.” And, you know, I’m not going to argue with that. Being a mom is really tough, and also really important. But I will argue that it doesn’t help the cause of motherhood to have the job be illustrated by a divorced, bitter Jennifer Aniston and a Julia Roberts who has a very serious career-bob and also a long-lost daughter who tracks her down at a book signing.
Mother’s Day has soccer, Margo Martindale, and a whole family driving across the country in order to save itself with a hopefully transcendent reunion. Watch the trailer below. The film comes out on April 29, which is not Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is May 8. Good try, though.