The Single Moms Club is a dramedy focusing on a group of single mothers, from different walks of life, who are brought together by an incident at their children’s school. It stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Nia Long, Cocoa Brown, Zulay Henao & Amy Smart. For those of you who follow my blog, you’ll remember that I interviewed the actresses last week. I was also fortunate to attend an early screening of the film with my friend, who is a single mother of two kids.
Wendi McLendon-Covey plays a tightly wound executive who is lobbying for a much desired promotion at a publishing house, while at the same time raising her tween daughter as a single parent. Work life balance has no meaning for her. The film makes it a point to show her trying to juggle everything – work, motherhood & even her own love life (or lack thereof), but failing on all fronts.
Is it possible for women to have it all? When this question was posed to Wendi during last week’s interview, she had responded “You can have it all, but not all at the same time. If you had all of those things, could you service all of those things? I couldn’t! I’m just trying to get 6 hours of sleep in a night & say hello to my husband, Monday thru Friday. I really only see him on Saturdays & every other day of the week is preparing to go to work. So don’t feel bad if you don’t have it all cause nobody does & people who say they do are liars or in their 70′s.” Amen Wendi…preach!! 🙂
Nia Long’s character is a journalist who is just trying to keep her “ish” together, while raising her 12 year old son. Here’s a fun fact (which I didn’t know until after the movie was over): the son in the movie is Nia’s son in real life! There is one particular scene between mother & son that had me tearing up. I won’t give it away, but once you see the movie, you’ll know exactly which one I am referring to.
Much of the comic relief in the movie is provided by Cocoa Brown’s character Lytia. The scenes between Cocoa & Terry Crews (who is desperately trying to woo her) had the audience laughing throughout the movie. Here is a clip of one such scene:
Zulay Henao plays Esperanza, a divorced mom trying to raise her strong-willed daughter. Esperanza finds herself at odds constantly with her ex-husband, played by Eddie Cibrian. I couldn’t help but wonder during some of those scenes if it was art imitating life for Eddie, but I digress… 😉
Amy Smart’s character is a newly separated mom to three kids, struggling to find her way in this new chapter of her life. By leaning on the other women in the Single Moms Club, she learns to stand on her own feet.
I enjoyed the movie & found it entertaining. I think the film is something that all women (single, married, moms or otherwise) will find relatable & funny. The message of sisterhood rings so clear in the movie that after it was over, I couldn’t help but hum that Eurythmics song “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” on the drive home. No, that song isn’t in the movie, but it really should be!
Tell me: Are you planning on seeing this movie? If so, who are you bringing with you? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
Disclosure: I attended a media event for this film. Images used with permission from Lionsgate. All opinions are my own.