Mother of the Bride Review
Netflix’s Mother of the Bride delivers a touching message about never losing hope, the importance of family, and not letting others control your life. The film boasts an incredible cast including Miranda Cosgrove, Brooke Shields, Benjamin Bratt, and Sean Teale.

When Emma (Cosgrove) and RJ (Teale) get engaged and plan a destination wedding, everyone is shocked to discover that the mother of the bride and the father of the groom have past. The two were deeply in love in college before he left without a word. To say this throws a wrench in the wedding vibes is an understatement. Throw a hunky doctor who has the hots for the mother of the bride in the picture and there is nothing quite like this family drama.

Mother of the Bride is very clearly a made for television movie. It is predictable and low budget, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. There are lots of laugh out loud moments, especially between Shields and Bratt. The two are seasoned actors so it should come as no surprise that they have an incredible chemistry on screen. No matter if they are fighting or awkwardly trying to reconnect, it is very much there.

Cosgrove and Teale have an on screen chemistry as well, but this movie is not called Bride and Groom, it is Mother of the Bride, so it is understandable that they are not the focus of the film. We mostly follow Brooke Shields and her struggle with being abruptly faced with the love of her life after things did not end well for them – he abandoned her with no explanation.

(L-R): Brooke Shields as Lana and Benjamin Bratt as Will in Mother of the Bride. Photo by: Sasidis Sasisakulporn/Netflix

One of the most special things about Mother of the Bride is that viewers see these two generational love stories play out side by side. Neither one is without their issues, which further proves the point that real love is out there, and it is worth working through the struggles for.

There are heavy lessons weaved throughout the fun and silliness though which touch on the importance of family, as well as sticking up for oneself. Sometimes it is important to do what you want to do, especially for something as important as a wedding. There is nothing quite like family, even through difficult times, which is where the saying blood is thicker than water comes from.

These are important lessons for everyone, no matter your age. Speaking of age, Mother of the Bride also focuses on the fact that age is just a number. You can still have fun and fall in love, even if you think that ship has sailed for you. Never give up is another prominent theme throughout the film and one that hopefully audiences will remember.

Mother of the Bride is silly and fun, but it is also quite predictable. It doesn’t take long for viewers to know exactly how things are going to end up. There are a few “twists” and “turns” but even those are easy to spot a mile away. Still, the cast is a lot of fun together, there are several hilarious moments, and a lot of life lessons.

Overall this movie is just okay, but it is still a great watch. This is the perfect film to put on and watch with your mother this Mother’s Day.

Mother of the Bride Synopsis: Lana’s daughter Emma returns from abroad and drops a bombshell: she’s getting married. In Thailand. In a month! Things only get worse when Lana learns that the man who captured Emma’s heart is the son of the man who broke hers years ago.

Mother of the Bride starts streaming on Netflix May 9th.

Rating: 3 out of 5


Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She owns Mama’s Geeky, but also is a freelance writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for more than ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Critics Choice Association. Her passion for film, television, video games, and comic books started when she was a little girl and has only continued to grow. 

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