Director: Anne Fletcher
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen
Joyce (Streisand) is a loving, but nagging mother who seems to spend most of her time leaving messages on her son’s mobile. Andy (Rogen) loves his mother dearly, but owing to her annoyingly nagging ways tries to see as little of her as possible. What they both have in common is that they can’t have a fulfilling relationship with anybody. Andy decides to take his mother on a week long road trip with him, where he has meetings set up to promote a cleaning fluid he has invented. He also secretly plans to have her visit the first love of her life; the man she named her son after, hoping the love they had for each other may be rekindled. Along the way they spend quality time together. Old wounds are reopened and finally they reconnect.
As glorious as it was to see the wonderful Barbra Streisand back on the silver screen, this movie was unfortunately a huge disappointment and understandably it was snubbed by movie audiences when screened in the USA. Its major drawback was that as a comedy it failed to deliver, where laughs were few and far in between. The story had potential, but owing to a flat script the excitement of seeing Streisand wore off rather quickly. Disinterest settled in as the nagging mother/son relationship storyline was tediously stretched to the maximum. What also compounded to the boredom was the lack of a musical score. No music and no laughter resulted in this very dull comedy.
Barbra Streisand is a wonderful actress who has had many successes over the years including Funny Girl, Funny Lady, What’s Up Doc and Meet The Fockers . She brought a lot of spunk and personality into the character of Joyce and proved that she can still be the leading lady at the tender age of 70. Given the right script Streisand can still attract moviegoers, but she alone could not save this movie. JAKE