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Review: Mom & Me

May 12, 2017

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

With radio host Joe Cristiano telling stories on air about his own mother and asking other men to call in as the narrative through line, Mom & Me offers an exploration of the bonds between tough guys and their mothers in Oklahoma, which is said to be the “manliest state.”

Some of the many subjects include a young man who has spina bifida and gets support from his mother who is still young in her seventies, an army veteran trying to teach his mom how to shoot for her own protection, a man coming to terms with his mom being in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, and a recovering drug addict who is in prison.

Although the film doesn’t necessarily reach a deeper epiphany as a whole, and the narrative can feel like a bit of a tapestry, Mom & Me works because of its little moments and is often emotionally affecting.  The stories are frequently sweet and also sometimes quite moving, including the heartbreaking tale of man who plays chess with his frail mother every night, having to communicate through a pen and paper because she is so hard of hearing.

Kept short and sweet at just 76 minutes, this is an enjoyable look at the often complex love between these guys and their mothers, that is as much about the men as it is about the strong women who brought them up.  Arriving just in time for Mother’s Day this weekend, Mom & Me is worth seeing, as it offers some pretty wonderful moments along the way.

Mom & Me opens today in limited release at Carlton Cinema in Toronto.

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