Rated R · 126 minutes · 2010

There’s no requirement that a film must feature likable main characters. That’s good news for Mother and Child, which supports two thorny female leads played by Naomi Watts and Annette Bening. Karen (Bening) gave up her only child at the age of 14; Elizabeth (Watts), a cold, manipulative lawyer, had her tubes tied when she was 17, just to avoid dealing with kids later in life. The motor in Mother and Child, though, is Kerry Washington, who offers a fierce but fragile portrayal of a woman who wants nothing more than to have a child, but is unable to conceive. This is one of those films that start with multiple storylines (three, in this case) that eventually intersect. What a shame that only one of them is a story worth the audience’s attention.
Director: Rodrigo Garcia
Producer: Lisa Falcone, Julie Lynn and Alejandro Iñárritu
Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits, Samuel Jackson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Cherry Jones, Elpidia Carrillo, Shareeka Epps, David Morse, Eileen Ryan, Amy Brenneman, David Ramsey, Britt Robertson, LisaGay Hamilton, Elizabeth Peña, Marc Blucas, Carla Gallo, Gloria Garayua, Tatyana Ali, Simone Lopez, Lawrence Pressman, LaTanya Richardson and Michael Warren


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Real Detroit Weekly Mother and Child by Kirk Vanderbeek 06/02/2010
Portland Mercury False Hope Mother and Child takes a myopic look at adoption. by Alison Hallett 05/20/2010
Indy Week Mother and Child is a circle-of-life tale reaching for universality Mother and Child is a postracial story of maternal relationships. by David Fellerath 06/02/2010
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Charleston City Paper Mother and Child is a literary-like feast of good characters Moviegoers have become used to the tapestried, vaguely apocalyptic portraits of modern life in films like Babel, Crash, 21 Grams, Magnolia, and Short Cuts. But rarely — in this often dire genre — has a multi-character composite offered the sweet finish of the poetic Mother and Child. by Felicia Feaster 06/23/2010
Memphis Flyer Oh, Mother Mother and Child, a multigenerational study of mothers, daughters, and adoption. by Chris Herrington 07/01/2010

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