Spring Break went by in a blink of an eye. We enjoyed family days at the park, parties, and lots of movie nights both here at home and on the big screen. This week, we’re bringing you two movies we saw over the Holiday. First up? Mars Needs Moms.
I went into this movie, not really knowing what to expect. I figured it would depict an over-worked Mom and a bratty kid. Was I right? Well, yes and no. I left the movie theater with an odd feeling. A feeling that, as a Mother, I may be too hard on my kids, but like Milo? I think they know we’re the epitome of that “Crazy Love Thing.” At least that’s what I like to think. So, was Mars Needs Moms family friendly?
About Mars Needs Moms:
Take out the trash, eat your broccoli—who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) when she’s nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Produced by the team behind “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” and “The Polar Express,” “Mars Needs Moms” showcases Milo’s quest to save his mom—a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling). With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian girl called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), Milo just might find his way back to his mom—in more ways than one.
We all know how hard it is to get our children to eat veggies. Mars Needs Moms captures it quite nicely…. and almost disgustingly.
We were invited to a special Press Screening of Mars Needs Moms and I decided to take along with us one of my friends. She’ll be contributing more articles here at Momma Findings as she helps me with local events and product reviews. She brought along her daughters and we had a great time. Gloria is a little camera shy, so she’s not in any of these pictures. Funny because this chick is a PHOTOGRAPHER.
So, what did we think of the movie? Well, first off it’s an attention getter for both parents and children alike. I got teary eyed listening to Milo talk to his Mother the way he did, but I also thought Man, she is nagging him pretty hard. That being said, I saw myself in her…..
…..and it broke my heart.
The sweet part about it is, all the “Alien Mommas” wanted to emulate Milo’s Mom so it made me feel good that I could relate to her so well. I won’t give the ending away, but you see just how deep the Mother/Child relationship goes in this movie. It was a REAL tear jerker for me.
The kids? Well, they loved it too. My 4-yr-old had lots and LOTS of questions throughout stating, “Momma, why are they taking his Mom away. He’s all alone. What is he going to do without her?”
Well, that’s just it. Mars Needs Moms just like the rest of us. I, personally, feel the nurturing and love a Mother gives is essential and this movie showed that.
Although, we loved the movie there were a few things that had me frowning.
1.) The “Nanny Bots” were shown just spanking their babies simultaneously for no apparent reason. It was troubling to see for both me and my children. They had lots of questions.
2.) The notion that Moms do nothing, but nag and discipline. This movie made it out to look like Moms don’t know how to have fun, like Dads are only capable of being laid back and enjoying life. That bothered me.
3.) Lastly, the whole “Mom Look”. Ugh. I hated the way they made Milo’s Mom look all frumpy and tired. When I wake up in the morning, I make it a point to get dressed in trendy clothes, put my make-up on, and fix my hair. I don’t walk around w/ a handkerchief in my hair vacuuming all the time. Just wish Disney displayed a Mom who rocked the heels AND the house.
|Come on. Do we ALL Moms look like this? All the time?|
Although, I had some issue with the movie, overall? I’d definitely recommend it as a family-friendly movie (as opposed to a DIFFERENT movie we saw over Spring Break. More to come on that one later this week). It was funny, touching, and evoked emotion on both sides of the spectrum of both child and parent.
Mars needs Moms is in theaters now, as of March 11th, 2011.
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