from VIENNA, VA
Reviewed on 4/19/2013...
The plot looked interesting, the cast hopeful, but appearances and blurbs are deceptive (in this case to say the least!). While following a formula can be okay for sheer entertainment, a movie about dying should do more to garner sympathy for the main character. Instead, Marley is so crude and narcissistic you begin to believe sheâ€™s getting what she deserves. Frankly, watching a character approach middle age, still behaving as a teenager toward her peers and parents â€“ whatever their faults, makes me shake my head in despair.
Most of the acting is vapid, all the writing insipid, and I felt a little sorry that Kathy Bates is so type-cast into the misunderstood-mother-in-crisis. She deserves more. Gael Garcia Bernal is the [highly unlikely] love interest, and probably did the best he could with what he had. He had the good sense to appear humiliated throughout.
Kate Hudson is still trying to ride on her motherâ€™s successful coat tails, but she hasnâ€™t got the talent, the intuition for a good script, or the class. Instead, she comes across as the spoiled middle-aged teenager, entitled to stardom.