JoJo Whilden
Owen Gleiberman
October 23, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Motherhood

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/23/09
performer
Anthony Edwards, Uma Thurman, Minnie Driver
director
Katherine Dieckmann
distributor
Freestyle Releasing
author
Katherine Dieckmann
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B-

Director Katherine Dieckmann’s comedy is about the messy everyday hysteria that too many odes to parenthood leave out. As Eliza, a former bohemian trying to hold on to her ”creative” side even as she’s become a frazzled mother of two, Uma Thurman turns every task — shopping for a birthday party, retaining a parking space — into an operatic fit of neurosis. She’s quite funny, but her performance is at once winning and overstated. Parenthood seems only half aware of Eliza’s real problem: that she thinks she’s superior to the choices she’s made. B-

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