So I heard the buzz about this movie and figured it would be a great “Date Night” movie with my wife, hopefully leading to a nice romantic evening with our clothes off.
We were both expecting a heartwarming film about a lesbian couple, who, while having the normal host of relationship problems, overcome them while letting go of their oldest daughter as she heads off to college. I expected the sperm donor father to act as a foil for the lesbian parents, showing how well (or not) they raised their kids in different aspects of life. But ultimately, I was expecting a mostly positive movie with an upbeat ending.
What I got instead was a typical excuse driven movie which was really centered around Jules and her inability to bang the first person who showed her any positive attention, and then blame her controlling domestic partner. I get the subtext, Jules feels repressed by Nic, who may or may not have forced her to be a stay at home mom. But Jules comes off as a sniveling and weak person as she bounces around the movie.
I was really hoping this movie would be an uplifting commentary on same sex parenting and relationships. What I got instead was a movie essentially about a cheating partner who was willing to blame her actions on everyone else. If Nic was really that bad to her, leave, and then you can go bang whomever you want. Take control of your own life for God’s sake.
Obviously I didn’t enjoy the movie, but at the same time I couldn’t bring myself to give it a 1 out of 5 either. Go figure.