It's fitting that writer-director Rodrigo Garcia (Looking at Her and Nine Lives) has teamed up with executive producer/filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (21 Grams and Babel) — both are proponents of complex, multi-threaded narratives that interweave in dramatic fashion. Garcia's latest tells the story of three California women (played by the capable trio of Annette Bening, Kerry Washington and Naomi Watts) dealing with issues pertaining to, as the title overtly suggests, mothers and children.
Like Inarritu's collaborations with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, Garcia tends to tie his narratives up a little too neatly.
Bening, Washington and Watts revel in the material, each grounding their characters' melodramatic possibilities. And check out Samuel L. Jackson, who in a supporting role does his best, most subtle work in years. Grade: B-plus
Opens June 4. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.