Netflix's 'Mother of the Bride' Tops Charts Despite Dismal Reviews

Netflix's romantic comedy "Mother of the Bride" tops the platform's charts despite receiving largely negative reviews from critics. The movie, starring Brooke Shields and Benjamin Bratt, follows a mother navigating her complicated past during her daughter's wedding preparations in Thailand.

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Netflix's 'Mother of the Bride' Tops Charts Despite Dismal Reviews

Netflix's 'Mother of the Bride' Tops Charts Despite Dismal Reviews

Netflix's new romantic comedy, mother, movie, "Mother of the Bride," starring Brooke Shields and Benjamin Bratt, has taken the top spot on the streaming platform despite receiving largely negative reviews from critics. The movie, which debuted on May 9, 2024, currently holds a dismal 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, up from an initial 0% score.

Directed by Mark Waters, known for his work on "Mean Girls," the film follows Lana (Shields), whose daughter Emma (Miranda Cosgrove) returns from abroad with surprising news of her engagement. The twist? The groom's father, Will (Bratt), is Lana's former college love. As the wedding preparations unfold in Thailand, Lana must navigate her complicated past while ensuring her daughter's happiness.

Critics have panned the movie for its predictable plot, lack of originality, and lackluster performances. Lindsey Bahr from the Associated Press remarked, "I won't go so far as to say that Mother of the Bride feels like an AI creation, but it does feel at least a little stitched together from pieces of other romantic comedies of varying quality." motherBenjamin Lee from The Guardian echoed this sentiment, stating, "It's clear that we're being spoon-fed more of the same unremarkable competence, sugar with no salt, calories with no nutrition."

Despite the critical reception, "Mother of the Bride" has found an audience on Netflix, topping the platform's charts. The film's success comes on the heels of Shields' previous Netflix collaboration, "A Castle for Christmas" (2021), which earned a solid 75% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and stands as the highest-rated installment in the streaming giant's interconnected Christmas universe.

mother, movieShields, who began her career as a model at eleven months old and took her first onscreen role before the age of ten, has been a fixture in the entertainment industry for decades. "Mother of the Bride" marks her first live-action release since 2022's "Holiday Harmony." The film's ensemble cast also includes Sean Teale, Chad Michael Murray, Rachael Harris, and Wilson Cruz.

As "Mother of the Bride" continues to draw viewers on Netflix, it remains to be seen whether its popularity will endure or if audiences will ultimately side with the critics. With a runtime of 88 minutes and a PG rating, the film offers a brief escape into a world of romantic entanglements and family dynamics, set against the backdrop of an idyllic Thai resort.