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Mother's Day review: Spreading around the parental love

By Damon Smith

Working to the same template as his films Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, writer-director Garry Marshall assembles a starry A-list cast for this ensemble romantic comedy set in the run-up to Mother's Day.

Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) is struggling to come to terms with the breakdown of her marriage and the sobering realisation that her husband left her and their two children for a younger woman, Tina (Shay Mitchell).

Meanwhile, Kristin (Britt Robertson) excitedly prepares for her wedding, but she is haunted by the knowledge that she was adopted at birth.

With encouragement from her best friend Jesse (Kate Hudson), who never sees her mother, Kristin decides to track down her birth parent and her detective work leads to successful writer Miranda (Julia Roberts), who never considered that she would one day have to face the child she gave away.

Two stars

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