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Rated PG-13 · 118 minutes · 2016

Comedy, Drama, Romantic comedy
Director Garry Marshall continues his streak of holiday romances (Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve) with another star-studded, woman-targeted movie that's as flimsy and trite as a Hallmark card. A divorced mom (Jennifer Aniston) is friends with a married mom (Kate Hudson) who is friends with an unmarried mom (Britt Robertson), and the first of these keeps meeting cute with a widowed dad (Jason Sudeikis), so attractive white people with beautiful homes and bourgeois problems are widely represented. Bigoted grandparents introduce issues of racism and homophobia, which are handled with sitcom hamminess and then neatly resolved. Some may delight in the references to earlier comedies by Marshall (Pretty Woman) and his sister, Penny (A League of Their Own), but the jokes settle at the level of Sudeikis's groan-worthy quip "There's no texting in soccer!" With Julia Roberts, Timothy Olyphant, Shay Mitchell, and, as always, Hector Elizondo.
Director: Garry Marshall
Producer: Mike Karz, Wayne Rice, Daniel Diamond, Brandt Andersen, Howard Burd and Mark DiSalle
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, Timothy Olyphant, Hector Elizondo, Jack Whitehall, Shay Mitchell, Aasif Mandvi, Loni Love, Sarah Chalke, Jon Lovitz and Margo Martindale

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