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September 27, 2009


It looks like an interesting movie; I'm sure I'll go see it.

Thank you so much for reminding us that where we spend our dollars has incredible power. The "mainstream" media and "mainstream" culture badly need disrupting, and I am thrilled that we are part of this innovation. How wonderful that we can add our voices, votes, and dollars on issues that reflect our values. Keep up the great work, Whitney!

I'm glad you highlighted this movie because now I might actually go see it. On first glimpse at the ad, I found the whole pacifier image offensive and didn't even go past that impression to see what the movie was all about. I must admit that I love how the previously silent, seemingly insignificant and invisible work of mothers is being legitimized and celebrated by blogging and hopefully this movie.

Janika - I agree with you about the pacifier. Have flagged this with 42 West. Do all of you agree?
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My heart ached just watching the trailer - it looks like a VERY true to reality movie.

As for the pacifier, the imagry reminds me of wanting to 'plug up' someone, to damped their voice, which is NOT the point of the movie at all - not a smart marketing move...

Sounds like a very intriguing film. I will be interested in seeing how "hollywood" portrays "motherhood." I often feel like we oversimplify what "motherhood" really refers to--as if it's this one narrow thing we can actually capture and define. Motherhood is so varied and complex because it is/has been experienced by the vast majority of females who have ever lived on the earth. There are commonalities, just as there are commonalities to the overall human experience. But I don't think Hollywood would ever endeavor to do a film called, "The Human Experience." So my knee-jerk reaction to a Hollywood film about Motherhood is, "How condescending!" I don't really want Hollywood to define what I find to be a extremely personal experience (I think that's why I'm not really into the whole Mommy blogger movement--I don't think that just because somebody is a mother means they fit neatly into a category.) But I really like Uma Thurman and Anthony Edwards, so I will hold off judgment and will wait and see!

There really are no movies about the reality of motherhood. I have high hopes for this to the first of it's kind, even knowing that motherhood is a fluid and ever-changing idea which cannot be kept neatly in a tiny spot on the pages of Webster's. I think that's what I like about the idea of this film. It goes through the ups and downs, which can be comical but not because it was written that way - as those of who are mothers understand.

I don't know if I would have seen the movie without your comments.
I visited some of the other sites, and have to say your's is the only one with purpose and real content! I appreciate your efforts to promote women and the value they have on families, society as a whole, and everything that's good in our world today. I'm glad some small part of this is being promoted in a hollywood movie.

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  • When I took a sabbatical from Wall Street to pursue a different dream and help others live theirs, I learned that women in the U.S. may be placated, even pampered, but because we aren't dreaming, we are also desperate and depressed. Drawing on a variety of sources, ranging from academic studies to pop culture, dare to dream encourages us to dream. And then to act on our dreams.


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