If you’re going to make a movie about a Mom blogger, the least you could do is base it on Dooce, that way Heather Armstrong gets a few schickels, and you start off with a fairly substantial built-in audience. And if the movie captures the spirit of the blog, it could actually succeed.
No such luck, it seems, with Katherine Dieckmann’s Motherhood, at least based on the trailer. It looks like yet another generic blogger movie that fails to really capture the life of the average blogger, which is probably for the best. The average blogger doesn’t look like Uma Thurman. It’d also be difficult to extract anything compelling out of a blogger’s life — it’s a lot of sitting in front of the computer, drinking coffee, and cursing at readers. Although, as father who works from home, I can tell you that Motherhood will fail in the authenticity department unless one of her kids repeatedly slams her laptop closed while she’s trying to write and yells, “All done! Mommy’s all done!”
She is now that you’ve crushed her fingers for the third time today.
Anyway, Motherhood is about the woe-is-me stay-at-home mother who is forced to raise her children in Manhattan with only the help of her loving husband. You poor, downtrodden lady. But don’t worry — the former fiction writer still has an outlet: Her blog, where she can prattle on about the difficulties of being forced to be with her children all day in the greatest city in the world. I’m not saying that stay-at-home parent isn’t one of the hardest goddamn jobs in the world, I’m just saying that the effort is worth the reward. And I have very little tolerance for complainers in that situation.
Plus: If I ever bitched about having to work from home and take care of my kid part time, Mrs. Pajiba-hyphenate would slap the ever-loving shit out of me, even if she is a domestic violence lawyer.