Brooke Shields's New Movie 'Mother of the Bride' Is #1 on Netflix and It Feels Strangely Familiar

by 24USATVMay 10, 2024, 8:01 p.m. 22
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For instance, take Mother of the Bride. This breezy new rom-com—which is currently #1 on Netflix's top ten movies list—stars the fabulous Brooke Shields as a single mother who learns that her daughter will marry the son of an ex-boyfriend who ghosted her. She reluctantly agrees to support her daughter's decision, heads to a stunning resort in Thailand for the ceremony and—you guessed it—falls for her ex all over again. The feel-good film is riddled with familiar rom-com clichés, including at least one awkward shower scene and a cheeky montage. And while it's all light and fun, if you ask me, it feels like a film I've already seen multiple times. Not that this self-proclaimed rom-com fanatic is complaining (too much).

I was instantly reminded of Ticket to Paradise, where a mother (Julia Roberts) and her ex-husband (George Clooney) team up to stop their daughter from marrying a seaweed farmer in Bali (spoiler: romantic sparks begin to fly). Then there's Maybe I Do, where a happy couple introduces their parents to discuss marriage, only to find out that they already have a history. And I can't forget about the star-studded The Big Wedding, where two divorced parents agree to fake marriage as a favor to their engaged son on his wedding day.

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