The Cinema Snob - MOTHER'S DAY 2010 by The Cinema Snob

The Cinema Snob - MOTHER'S DAY 2010 by The Cinema Snob

The Cinema Snob reviews this film

Mother's Day is an American psychological horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman.[1] It is a loose remake of Charles Kaufman's 1980 film of the same name[2] and was written by Scott Milam and produced by Brett Ratner.[3]


The film is about three brothers who fail to rob a bank then run to their mother so she can help them get away. The brothers discover that their mother has lost her house in a foreclosure. The brothers hold the new owners and their guests hostage. When their mother arrives, she takes control of the situation.


An unknown woman enters a Maternity Ward dressed as a nurse. She passes a security guard, ignoring his request for identification. She takes the elevator and enters the nursery, where she removes a baby from its bassinet. The attending nurse calls security. The security guard calls to the woman to stop. He tries to reason with the unknown woman, only to be stabbed in the neck by an unseen male accomplice.

Beth Sohapi (Jaime King) is having a birthday party for her husband, Daniel Sohapi (Frank Grillo) with the help of their friends, married couple Treshawn (Lyriq Bent) and Gina Jackson (Kandyse McClure), Dave Lowe (Tony Nappo) and his fiancee, Annette Langston (Briana Evigan), George Barnum (Shawn Ashmore) and his girlfriend, Melissa McGuire (Jessie Rusu), and Daniel's co worker, and friend, Julie Ross (Lisa Marcos). The news reports a tornado is heading their way; Daniel assures his guests that the basement is tornado proof.

After a bank robbery gone wrong, three brothers, Ike (Patrick Flueger), Addley (Warren Kole) and Johnny Koffin (Matt O'Leary), are on the run from the law. Johnny, the youngest, has been shot. Johnny is hysterical and his brothers are panicking. The brothers decide to head for home, so that their mother can provide them with a getaway.

The three brothers reach their mother's house to find it unrecognizable. Addley smashes some glassware and tries to kick in a door. The brothers place a screaming Johnny on the living room sofa. Hearing the noise upstairs, Daniel, thinking it's his friend, Charlie, goes upstairs to greet him, only to be attacked by the brothers. Beth appears from the basement. Confused, and not knowing what she is seeing, Beth runs outside screaming for help, but only reaches the front lawn before Ike drags her back inside.

Addley and Ike are screaming at each other and in the confusion and noise Beth tells them that George is a doctor. Ike makes her bring George upstairs to help Johnny.

Ike makes a phone call on his cell phone, reaching his sister Lydia (Deborah Ann Woll), who informs him that she and their mother lost the house and will be on their way to help the boys. Just as Ike hangs up Julie emerges from the basement and is chased back down by Addley, who forces all the guests down on the floor. Julie tries to run out the basement storm doors, but Addley pulls her back and she knocks herself out on the steps.

George tells Ike that Johnny needs a hospital, but Ike is adamant he will not go. With help from Beth, George does what he can to stop the bleeding from Johnny's wound. Addley stays downstairs harassing the hostages by pretending to rape Annette and tearing Dave's wig from his scalp.

An RV pulls up to the house and the brothers' Mother (Rebecca De Mornay) appears. She is angry with Ike for losing their emergency phone. She also tells him that she has someone who will take them across the border to Canada, but it will cost them ten thousand dollars.

Mother is taken to the basement and meets the hostages. Initially, she is nice to them, thanking George for helping her son and apologizing to the others for Addley's behavior towards them. She learns that her sons have been sending her money every month since she lost the house. She asks Beth and Daniel, politely, for the money. Mother believes Beth when she says no mail has arrived for Mother, but Mother does not believe Daniel. Addley and Ike try to get Daniel to talk by smashing his hand with a billiard ball.

Mother collects all the hostages' wallets and cell phones and makes them write down their ATM pin numbers. As she tells Beth to go with Ike to withdraw all the money from the guests bank accounts, Melissa jumps up and runs upstairs with Addley in pursuit. George attempts to protect Melissa; Addley knocks him to the floor with his gun, turns and shoots Melissa in the face. After loading Melissa into the back of Beth's SUV, Beth and Ike take off, leaving Mother and Addley to clean up the mess, while Lydia syphons the hostages' gas. After cleaning the mess, Mother confronts Addley for hurting Annette. He breaks down as his Mother punishes him. George wakes up, and is told that his life depends on Johnny, while he threatens to kill Johnny if anything happens to his friends.

Meanwhile, Ike and Beth stop at a dumpster they find to be locked. They dump Melissa behind the dumpster instead.

Downstairs, back at the house, the hostages begin to split into two groups - one group wants to fight back, while the other wants to listen to the family.

Beth and Ike pull over at an ATM where Beth begins to withdraw money. Two young party girls, Vicky Rice (A. J. Cook) and Jenna Luther (Alexa Vega) pull up in their car and get in line behind them, mocking Beth for taking so long. While Ike tries to get the women to go to another ATM, Beth gets Vicky's attention and warns her to leave, but before the two girls can get back to their car, Ike realizes what is going on, and pulls his gun on the girls. Ike drops a large knife between Vicky and Jenna and tell them to fight to the death - the survivor will live. Vicky picks up the knife, but drops it, unable to kill her friend. Ike threatens to kill them both, so Jenna picks up the knife and repeatedly stabs Vicky. Jenna hears an ambulance and runs towards it, but is shot down by Ike as she runs away.

Back at the house, Annette tries to get the others to cooperate with Mother, only to be ignored by Treshawn.

Two sanitation workers pull up to the dumpster to empty it, finding a badly injured Melissa behind it. She is transported to the hospital.

Lydia is in the bathroom trying to wash blood from her shirt, when George walks in. He startles her and she spills pills on the floor. She informs him that she must take them because of her sensitive skin. George tells her that the pills are sugar. He tells Lydia that Mother has been lying to her so she would cover herself up, so that boys don't notice her. He gives her his shirt, and she takes it just as Mother walks in on them. Mother warns George to stay away from Lydia.

Police Officer Skay (Mike O'Brien) pulls into the Sohapi's driveway. Mother tells Daniel to send the officer away, threatening to hurt Beth. Daniel co-operates and sends him away. Seeing how Daniel handled Officer Skay, Mother realizes Daniel is a good liar, and tells Lydia to look for the money downstairs. There, Lydia finds a Valentine's Day card from Daniel to Julie.

Meanwhile, Ike tells Beth that they don't have enough money. Beth tells him that Treshawn owns a dry cleaner's. Beth is forced to call Treshawn for the safe's pass code. Treshawn gives Beth the code and also tells her there is a gun in the cabinet in his desk.

As Johnny begins to bleed again, he breaks down to his Mother, and tells her he doesn't want to die a virgin.

Down in the basement, the hostages are trying to keep calm when Addley comes down the stairs and tells them that one of the women is going to pop his younger brother's cherry. Everyone turns their back on Julie so Addley drags her upstairs. An angry Treshawn grabs a pool stick and runs after them, but Mother quickly brings Julie back downstairs stating she is not worthy of her son. Treshawn's aggressive behavior has drawn Mother's attention to Gina. As Addley drags Gina upstairs, she breaks down telling Mother that Dave works at a bank and that he and Annette are not friends of hers, nor Treshawn's. Mother, not knowing who to pick, forces Treshawn and Dave to fight - the loser's woman will be forced upstairs. When the two men decline to fight she threatens to take both women for her son. As Addley plays the song Whack-A-Doo, Dave and Treshawn fight. Treshawn wins and Annette is dragged upstairs by Addley. Back upstairs, Johnny has stopped breathing. As Johnny is revived, Addley walks in with Annette and calls his mother.

At the Dry Cleaner's, Beth mixes up the order of the combination numbers to buy some time to find Treshawn's gun. When she finds the gun, she give Ike the numbers in the correct order and he opens the safe and gets the money. Beth points the gun at Ike. As he gives her his cellphone, Ike reaches for the gun and holds the barrel as Beth empties the gun into a wall. Beth grabs an iron and hits Ike in the head, allowing her to escape. She runs and hides in the clothing racks after finding the doors locked. Ike begins taunting her while Beth dials 911, but is placed on hold. Just before the operator gets back to Beth, Ike catches her.

Back at the house, Mother makes Annette change into something "decent".

While waiting for Annette to change, Mother finds a box that contains pictures of a boy, and various newspaper articles. She realizes that Daniel and Beth have been having problems after their son was killed in a motor vehicle accident.

Annette tells Mother that she trusted her promise not to hurt anyone. Mother ignores her and takes her to Johnny. Annette is forced to strip for Johnny and to touch him, but the pain from Johnny's wounds prevents him from having sex with Annette.

Downstairs, Treshawn has loosened the hinges on the basement storm doors, but retreats when Addley bursts downstairs with Annette. Addley taunts Dave by smacking Annette's butt, which causes Dave to attack Addley. As Gina runs to open the basement doors, Treshawn runs to help Dave - Addley accidentally shoots Dave in the face at close range. As Addley apologizes, a hysterical Annette runs to her dead boyfriend.

Mother sees Gina running across the yard. She sends Daniel to bring her back, threatening to kill Beth if he does not. Daniel and Beth argue about going back to the house. Gina squeezes Daniel's broken hand and runs again - Daniel stops her by pushing her to the pavement.

At the hospital, Melissa is rushed into the ER, but is unable to say what has happened to her.

The tornado has brought a heavy storm. On the way back to the house, Officer Skay stops Ike and Beth to send them to a shelter or to another safe place. Officer Skay asks for ID to confirm Ike and Beth live nearby. Beth gives Skay the insurance documents for the vehicle, telling him they've left their licenses at home. Seeing the names and address on the insurance form, Skay realizes that Beth is being held hostage as he questioned the real Daniel Sohapi earlier in the evening. Skay asks Ike to turn off the car and walks back to his cruiser. Ike, knowing the officer is on to him, gets out of the car, and shoots Skay down. Returning to the car, he makes Beth drive. Seeing that Skay is still alive, he orders Beth to run him over, but Beth flips the car over at the last minute.

Meanwhile, Gina wakes up in the basement with Mother standing over her. Mother tells Gina she will have to be punished. Treshawn is tied to a column with plastic wrap. Addley picks up a kettle of boiling water, and pours it over Treshawn's head, scalding his ears and eyes. Julie, Annette and Daniel, also tied to a column with plastic wrap watch in horror.

Back on the street, an injured Officer Skay goes to the flipped vehicle to help Beth. At first Ike is not moving, but as Skay approaches he opens his eyes and shoots Skay in the head.

Mother roams the house trying to come up with a way to make Daniel give up the money she is still convinced is hidden in the house. She grabs the box filled with mementos of his son and takes it to Daniel, using it to taunt him. Daniel cries as Mother burns a picture and asks for the money. Daniel swears that he doesn't have it, angering Mother, who continues to burn the contents of the box. Mother then turns to Julie and has Addley pour liquor on her head and light it. Mother smothers the fire with a towel and continues her search of the house for the money.

Gina, now tied up with plastic wrap on the floor turns on the electric fireplace, and puts her bound hands near the flame, burning off the plastic wrap. She unties herself, and quickly goes to Treshawn. At the hospital, Melissa awakens and tells the doctor that Beth is in trouble. The police are called.

Meanwhile, Annette tells Gina to open a gift box wrapped in gold. As Gina opens it and finds knives, Mother finds a painting in the restroom behind which is the money that her sons have been sending her. At the same time Addley has gone to the basement and sees that Treshawn is missing, but before he can react, Daniel grabs him and Gina puts plastic wrap over his face. Daniel and Annette then take turns stabbing him. Treshawn, now half deaf and having difficulty seeing, grabs Addley's gun, and goes upstairs to try and kill Mother. Gina goes after him, trying to stop him, but Treshawn does not hear her. She surprises Treshawn, who reacts quickly, and shoots her in the side. As he realizes what he did, Mother shoots him in the back. Mother goes to the basement, and finds Addley dead.

George confronts Mother, telling her that none of her kids look like one another, and look nothing like her. Mother, enraged, threatens to kill him, but Lydia convinces her that they need George. Ike and Beth then burst through the front door with the money. Mother instructs Ike, Lydia and George to take Johnny to the RV while she has a chat with the ladies.

Mother reveals to Julie and Annette that Beth was the one who hid the money and is the one responsible for all the deaths. Beth reveals that she was hiding the money for the baby she is expecting. She also reveals she knew Daniel was cheating, and wanted to leave him.

In the RV, Ike shoots George in spite of Lydia's pleas to let him live.

Mother tells Beth she is lucky to have life in her belly. As she turns, Beth knocks Mother out with a toilet lid and frees Annette and Julie, telling Annette about a rifle in the garage. Julie reveals that she was Daniel's mistress. Annette gets the rifle, but finds it is empty. As the women try to escape, Julie runs into Ike, who shoots her. Beth and Annette look for bullets, but hide when they hear Ike coming. He is able to grab Beth, but Annette shoots him in the face with a nail gun. They make a run for it, but Ike attacks again. Annette and Julie choke Ike before filling his face with Drano and then dropping a television on his face. The two hear Mother coming. Annette goes looking for help, while Beth faces Mother.

Mother, filled with rage that her oldest son is dead, goes after Beth. The two fight and Mother knocks Beth out. Mother fills the house with gasoline and lights it just as Beth wakes up. Beth grabs a cutting board and bludgeons Mother, running outside just as the firefighters arrive. She hugs Annette as the firefighters remove Gina, who is severely injured, from the burning house. Beth tells the firefighters that Mother is still inside, but the firefighters find noone.

Months later, a very pregnant Beth goes into labor and is taken to the hospital by Annette, Gina and Melissa. That night, Beth wakes up to the emergency alarms going off in the maternity ward. She gets up and goes to check on her baby, but his bassinette is empty. Beth screams in horror.

The film ends with the revelation that Mother was the woman who broke into the maternity ward in the opening scene, and Johnny was the unseen accomplice who killed the security guard. Lydia is driving the RV, while Mother sings Beth's baby a lullaby before the end credits roll.


  • Rebecca De Mornay as Natalie "Mother" Koffin, 'Mother' of Ike, Addley, Johnny, and Lydia. She is controlling and very manipulative, and uses the hostages' personal problems to her advantage.
  • Jaime King as Beth Sohapi, wife of Daniel, who is also pregnant.
  • Patrick Flueger as Izzak "Ike" Koffin, eldest son of Mother.
  • Warren Kole as Addley Koffin, second eldest son of Mother. He has problems controlling his anger and vents his frustrations via the hostages.
  • Deborah Ann Woll as Lydia Koffin, only daughter of Mother.
  • Briana Evigan as Annette Langston, the younger girlfriend of Dave.
  • Shawn Ashmore as George Barnum, boyfriend of Melissa and a doctor.
  • Frank Grillo as Daniel Sohapi, husband of Beth.
  • Lisa Marcos as Julie Ross, colleague of Daniel and friend of Beth. Julie is the most isolated out of all of the hostages and is constantly labelled as a whore by Mother.
  • Matt O'Leary as Jonathan 'Johnny' Koffin, youngest son of Mother, who has been shot and injured in a bank robbery gone awry.
  • Lyriq Bent as Treshawn Jackson, husband of Gina.
  • Tony Nappo as Dave Lowe, the older boyfriend of Annette.
  • Kandyse McClure as Gina Jackson, wife of Treshawn.
  • Jessie Rusu as Melissa McGuire, girlfriend of George.
  • Jason Wishnowski as Charlie (scenes cut).
  • J. Larose as Terry.
  • Alexa Vega as Jenna Luther, a party girl Beth and Ike encounter at an ATM.
  • A. J. Cook as Vicky Rice, another party girl Beth and Ike encounter.
  • Mike O'Brien as Officer Skay, a police officer.


Principal photography began on August 24, 2009, and wrapped on October 9 and began filming in the Fall in Manitoba[4] and Winnipeg.[5] Bousman said that the film will have a realistic gritty tone.[6] The film is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and produced by Rat Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and Jay Stern;[7] Genre Co.’s Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten; and LightTower Entertainment’s Curtis Leopardo".[8] The special effect was created from make-up FX artist Francois Dagenais, who formerly worked with Darren Lynn Bousman on the Saw franchise.[9]

The two brothers, Charles and Lloyd Kaufman respectively, director and producer of the original Mother's Day have cameos.[10] Filming of a post-bank robbery scene was interrupted by the Winnipeg Police Service, who were actually investigating a real-life robbery that occurred in the city earlier in the day.[11] Alexa Vega also worked with the director in Repo! The Genetic Opera and J. Larose has been in one of Bousman's projects as he starred in Repo! The Genetic Opera, Saw III, Saw IV and the Fear Itself episode "New Year's Day".[12] The film was finalizing the editing process in the begin of April 2010.[13] Bousman announced on April 9, 2010 that post-production was completed and the film was ready to begin screening to studios.[14] Bousman stated at a The Devil's Carnival screening that a 20-minute scene, his favorite moment in the film, was cut because it did not flow with the rest of the film.


Mother's Day features both an original score and nine songs that play in the film, primarily at the housewarming birthday party for Daniel. These songs are as follows.


The film was planned for release on April 30, 2010,[15] but in March, the date was revoked and the film had an unknown release date.[16] It was announced on September 29, 2010 that Mother's Day was bought by Gigapix Releasing and would be released theatrically in the first quarter of 2011.[17] Briana Evigan announced on her UStream that the film would be released in May 2012. The film was released in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles in selected theaters on May 4, 2012. The film was released on a DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on May 8, 2012. The film features commentary with director Darren Lynn Bousman and actor Shawn Ashmore. Mother's Day was released into cinemas in the United Kingdom on the June 10, 2011.[18]


Mother's Day received mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 43% rotten rating, based on 42 reviews.[19]

The film made the UK top 10 box office chart where it opened at number 9 following its release on June 10, 2011. The film grossed £94,385 ($155,003) from 79 sites.[18]


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