2009-12-30 12:44

What it's about:

Eliza Welch (Uma Thurman) is a former fiction writer-turned-mom-blogger with her own site, "The Bjorn Identity". Putting her deeper creative ambitions on hold to raise her two children, Eliza lives and works in two rent-stabilised apartments in a walk-up tenement building smack in the middle of an otherwise upscale Greenwich Village. Motherhood takes place in a single day that pushes to the tipping point Eliza’s fundamental fear she’s lost herself. Starting at dawn, her to-do list is daunting: prepare for and throw her daughter’s 6th birthday party, mind her toddler son, battle for a parking space during an epic alternate side parking showdown, navigate playground politics with overbearing moms, and mend a rift with after posting her best friend’s confession on her blog.

What the critics thought:

"Whiny and self-involved, Thurman's mother of two sees judgment around every corner and believes the universe has conspired against her because the bakery misspelled her daughter's name on a birthday cake."
-  Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times

"You can see the movie wants to comment on all the frustrations of urban motherhood, but it does so only shallowly. How did having children kill Eliza’s "fiercely lyrical" fiction career? The movie isn’t that political or reflective."
-  Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

"The film treats the responsibilities of parenthood like another film would treat cancer, as a dream-killing condition to be endured until it passes or kills you. As a contraceptive device, that works brilliantly."
- Keith Phipps, AV Club

"[Thurman is] quite funny, but her performance is at once winning and overstated."
-  Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

In Manhattan, a mother of two preparing for her daughter's sixth birthday party has no idea of the challenges she's about to face in order to pull off the event.

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