MOTHER

Content:

(Pa, LL, S, M) Pagan worldview where personal problems are solved by self-analysis; 6 obscenities & 12 profanities; sexual talk & implied adultery; and divorce

Summary:

MOTHER captures the idiosyncrasies between mother and son when a grown son decides to move back in with his mother in order to discover why his relationships with women fail. Written, directed by and starring Albert Brooks, it also features the return of Debbie Reynolds to the big screen. Pitted with dry but witty sarcastic humor, it contains some obscenities, profanities and implied fornication.

Review:

What happens when a grown man decides to move back in with his mother? We discover the answer in the new Albert Brooks’ film MOTHER. Brooks plays John Henderson, a science fiction writer whose life seems to be heading downhill. Recently divorced for the second time, every woman involved in his life loathes him. John, a quasi-successful writer, concludes that both his failure with women and his writers block stems from his dysfunctional relationship with his mother. In order to unravel this past mystery, Henderson takes it upon himself to move back in with his widowed mother to sort things out. When John’s brother Jeff finds out about this plan, he becomes very jealous over their mother. Through situations and conversations, we discover that Jeff may have some dysfunction to conquer, too.
The film is hilarious with its dry, sardonic wit. This movie offers a godless solution to the dilemma of human relationships. Though arriving at a truthful and workable solution, the means were entirely the result of human effort. This movie also has some obscenities, profanities, implied adultery, and fornication. This movie is not for children, but adults who have always wanted to patch things up better at home may find themselves laughing at the stupidity, misunderstanding and odd ball behaviors of the characters in MOTHER.

In Brief:

MOTHER

Content:

(PaPaPa, FR, Pa, LLL, VV, SS, NN, AA, DD, MMM) Very strong pagan worldview with no redeemable content, some New Age elements of acupuncture; 74 obscenities, seven profanities and several uses of the derogatory term, “retard”; strong violence includes hit and run, teenager vandalizes a car, girl is murdered with a blunt weapon and her body is hung over the roof of a building for people to see, car crash, women are pushing, shoving and slapping each other, man tells a story about his mother trying to poison him when he was only 5-years-old, prisoners fight each other, guy beats up two thugs and breaks one child’s teeth to get information out of him, thugs shove girl to the ground, woman bludgeons man to death with a pipe wrench and burns down his house; strong sexual content includes depicted fornication, mother watches her son urinate, woman is groped, unmarried kissing, woman keeps explicit photos on her cell phone of the men with which she has had affairs, and sexual dialogue; upper female nudity, upper male nudity in several scenes, woman in bra and her panties are seen, and woman’s upper thigh; drunkenness depicted in several scenes, woman vomits from drunkenness; cigarette smoking and pot smoking depicted; and, vandalism, lying, blackmail, and arson.

Summary:

MOTHER is a dark, disturbing, violent Korean movie about a poor woman who will go to any lengths to prove the innocence of her mentally handicapped son, accused of murdering a girl in a small village. MOTHER has a very strong pagan worldview with no redeemable aspects, strong violence, explicit nudity, lewd content, substance abuse, and other immoral content.

Review:

MOTHER is a dark, disturbing, violent Korean movie about a poor woman who will go to any lengths to prove the innocence of her mentally handicapped son, who she believes has been wrongfully framed for the murder of a local girl in a small, South Korean village.
Mother lives a quiet life, selling herbs and providing acupuncture services to the people in her village as well as taking care of her mentally challenged son, Do-joon. However, when a young girl is discovered dead on a rooftop in town, the police piece together some circumstantial evidence and arrest Do-joon, tricking him into signing a confession.
The lonely old woman, along with Do-joon’s best friend, struggle to find evidence and track down who she believes may be the real killer. Her vigilante hunt leads her to a series of possible perpetrators, but when she learns the truth about the murder, Mother will stop at nothing to protect her son.
MOTHER is a quirky, foreign language movie that does have beautiful cinematography, yet the story is unsettling and, ultimately, violent. The movie starts as a love story, portraying the protective bond that exists between an old widow and her son, but even that bond is depicted in an uncomfortable, Oedipus-style dynamic. Then, the movie takes a turn toward becoming a dark, crime thriller with surprising and violent results.
MOTHER has a very strong pagan worldview with no redeemable aspects at all. It also has a lot of foul language, including several derogatory names for the mentally handicapped boy, as well as strong violence, sex and explicit, including depicted fornication and lewd dialogue. There is also drunkenness, pot drug use, and various immoral elements such as lying and blackmail. This is definitely not the kind of MOTHER that most media-wise audiences will want to see.

In Brief:

MOTHER is a dark, disturbing, violent Korean movie. Mother lives a quiet life, selling herbs and providing acupuncture services to the people in her village as well as taking care of her mentally challenged son, Do-joon. A young girl is discovered dead on a rooftop. The police piece together some circumstantial evidence and arrest Do-joon, tricking him into signing a confession. The lonely old woman, along with Do-joon’s best friend, struggle to find evidence and track down who she believes may be the real killer. Her vigilante hunt leads them to a series of possible perpetrators. But, when she learns the truth about the murder, Mother will stop at nothing to protect her son. MOTHER is a quirky, foreign language film that does have beautiful cinematography, yet the story is unsettling and, ultimately, violent. The movie starts as a love story, portraying the protective bond between an old widow and her handicapped son, but even that bond is depicted in an uncomfortable, Oedipus-style dynamic. Then, the movie takes a turn toward becoming a dark, crime thriller with surprising, violent results. It also has plenty of foul language, violence and lewd content.