Director: Salomé Breziner
Stars: Nia Vardalos, Jason Dolley, Mark Boone Junior, Skyler Samuels, Lisa Loeb
Even with good intentions and an abundance of love, parents can sometimes become smothering. Such is the case with Maggie, who decides that she will not only accept her son Lloyd as gay, she will encourage it. In fact, Maggie becomes so convinced that Lloyd is indeed gay that she "outs" him to his entire high school. Like any good helicopter mom Maggie hovers over every aspect of her son's life. She takes control of his social life, sets him up on dates with boys whom she has approved, and files for a gay student college scholarship. There's just one wrench in her grand plans: Lloyd doesn't even know whether he's gay or not, and he's just asked a cute girl to prom.
There are more mothers out there that act like this than you think. It is pretty sad that some mothers do not have a life of their own, so they just hover and control their children's lives. In the movie, this woman is hoping that her teenage son is gay, but the problem is that he does not even know if he is gay, straight or just bi. His mother does what she can to "help" him out with dating. I mean this mother is way too much, but at the same time, she is really cool. You do not dislike her in the movie at all. In an odd way, you would want your own mother to be little like this.
I think that the cast did a really good job in the movie. Nia Vardalos was great in the movie, so was the rest of the cast. The cast was not the problem in the movie at all. I think that the story and the writing was the real problem here. The story has been done way too many times that people really just do not care about it anymore. It is done. This show and story are over.
There were way too many gay stereotypes in this movie with the son just acting more normal than a typical young gay character. He was not written to be too flamboyant, but they did throw around all of the gay cliché. That was a bit annoying.
The movie was a flop with lots of bad reviews. I did not think that the movie was that bad, but it was not good either. It was just a watchable movie, and that is about it. I think it is worth watching once, but I just do not know about it being a rewatcher. Enjoy.
Helicopter Mom (2014) Trailer