“The Mother” Needs Family Therapy

by Christian Ramos on May 19, 2023

in Print Reviews,Reviews

[Rating: Minor Rock Fist Down]

On Netflix now.

I feel like in the last few years, Jennifer Lopez has had a few movies just not work for me. Who was once a star of rom-coms that work very well, now stars in B-movies thrown onto more streaming services to get buried in the next weeks or so. Her latest film, The Mother (directed by Niki Caro) is J-Lo doing action, something she’s done before and familiar with.

However and overly long film and somewhat complicated and boring plot line leads this to a terrible mess with a godawful post that reflects the movie. 

An unnamed woman only known as The Mother (Lopez) works as a military operative. She brokers a deal of guns and ammunition (as a lot of these Netflix original movies seem to do these days) to Adrian Lovell (Joseph Fiennes) and Hector Alvarez (Gael Garcia Bernal). However, when it is discovered that the men are doing much more than just smuggling arms, and instead using this all as a cover-up for human trafficking, the mother becomes an informant for the FBI.

She in turn as revenge is attacked by Lovell and it is revealed she is pregnant. To keep the mother safe from Lovell and any other advisory, the mother sends her newborn into hiding and secluded herself in Alaska in an attempt to protect her daughter. Years later however, her past comes back to bite and the mother has no choice but to protect the ones she loves. 

I’ve seen this before. I’ve seen this in Lopez’s other film Enough from twenty years ago. I’ve seen this in maybe every other Netflix film in the last two years and I’m over it. I never once was interested in the plot of this. From the opening scenes that does one of my least favorite setup’s (putting us into a story where we should already know the people but don’t) to the way Lopez just looks and sounds like she’s forcing these words out, make it more exciting! 

Lopez is a good actress. It’s a shame she’s picking so many projects that are making her seem like somebody as an amateur because she’s not by far. The Mother is too familiar and with so many streaming movies, it’s following too many. 

Christian Ramos is a classic film fan, having had the dream to host Turner Classic Movies for years now. He also has a large amount of Oscar trivia in his head, remembers dressing as Groucho Marx one Halloween, and cherishes the moment Julianne Moore liked his tweet.


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