Movie Review: We Are Family (2010)
Okay, WE ARE FAMILY is the official adaptation of Chris Columbus’ STEPMOM  and lots of us have already watched this Julia Roberts – Susan Sarandon starrer. Even otherwise, the story of a woman, diagnosed with a terminal illness, entrusting her kids to the ‘other woman’ before she does the final salute, gives the feeling of deja vu. But WE ARE FAMILY is not a tear-jerker. Sure, it has dollops of emotions, but also integrates the light moments wonderfully in those 12 reels.
In the good old days, in the 1960s and 1970s specifically, well-made family films struck an instant chord with viewers across the spectrum. But with the changing times, the quantum of well-made socials made a rapid decline. WE ARE FAMILY belongs to the Rajshri gharaana and tells the story of a family facing two life-changing developments: The woman of the house is diagnosed with a terminal illness and two, there’s a stepmom on the scene. A difficult subject to handle, without doubt.
Maya [Kajol] is the perfect mother. Her life revolves around her three children, Aleya [Aanchal Munjal], Ankush [Nominath Ginsberg] and Anjali [Diya Sonecha]. Despite being divorced from her husband Aman [Arjun Rampal], Maya has ensured that everything runs smoothly in her house, under her watch, and that they continue to remain a happy family unit.
When Aman introduces his girlfriend, Shreya [Kareena Kapoor], a career-oriented woman, the situation takes an unexpected turn. However, Maya is diagnosed with a terminal illness and circumstances bring the two women under the same roof. Can two mothers make a home?
|Good Reviews | Average Reviews | Bad Reviews|
|4.0||“Go for this one”
|3.5||“WE ARE FAMILY is a perfect family film with a good mix of emotions and humour”
|3.0||“Watch it for the all-woman show. “
|3.0||“This is the kind of film where all the moms and stepmoms of the world are assured to cry buckets”
|3.0||“Go for this one.”
|3.0||“‘We Are Family’ is a factory tear jerker made watchable by the wonderful Kajol and Kareena.”
|2.5||“The film may pull audiences to theatres but it may not convince!”
|2.5||“Watch the film for Kajol, if you must. “
|2.0||“This is an Indian family drama over a dying single mom”
|1.0||“We Are Family is no Stepmom”