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The Bad Mother's handbook!
The Bad Mothers Handbook
Member Name: stephbond89
The Bad Mothers Handbook
Date: 27/02/10, updated on 28/02/10 (38 review reads)
Advantages: A great cast, a fabulous storyline!
Disadvantages: Not easily available!
The Bad Mother's Handbook for ITV was a made for TV film based on the book of the same name by Kate Long.
I thought I had read the book a while back, but after watching this film last night, I realised I actually hadn't and it was a different Kate Long book I had read! So I am afraid I cannot comment in this review about the transformation from book to screen! So please don't mark down for that! The book is by Kate Long and can be purchased in most book shops or from Amazon.
The film was on ITV on a one off special in February 2007 and was released on DVD after that. I hadn't ever heard of the TV film which lasts 90 minutes until I was looking on Robert Pattinson's IMDB profile when writing about the Twilight films, and noticed he had starred in this, having thought I had read the book, I decided I would go out and find the DVD.
I finally got around to watching it last night so I thought I would write a quick review on it!
The film stars some quite big names in Britain:
Catherine Tate, Anne Reid, Holly Grainger, Robert Pattinson, Steve John Shepard all have large parts in the film, but for all you Robert Pattinson lovers out there...although Pattinson's character has a large impact on the outcome of the film, he doesn't play a large part in the film, so please don't go out and watch this thinking he is the main character!
The story is about a mother Karen Cooper and her family, her mother who has Alzeimer's, her 17 year old daughter Charlotte who causes more trouble than she is worth! And their lives together.
Charlotte/Charlie is doing her A Levels and her mother has her life completely mapped out for her, she will leave Bolton where they live with 5 A grades and go to York University where she will live her life before meeting a wonderful man, a doctor, a lawyer or someone as equally sucessful, and then have children. But Charlotte isn't as caught up in having her life spelled out for her. And when she get's her first boyfriend, she makes short work of going against her mother's advice and jumping into bed with him.
She soon finds out she is pregnant with his child and when he says he wants nothing to do with it, she confides in the new guy Daniel Gale, a posh Doctor to be with geeky glasses and a birds nest of hair, not her usual type of friend, he soon becomes her only outlet who is always there for her when she needs him to be, especially when her mother disowns her for doing exactly as she did herself.
(Don't worry I'm not spoiling the film here, this all happens in the first 10 minutes of the film and sets the story up!)
When her mother get's her own problems, Charlie get's on with her pregnancy alone with only her friend Dan there to help to out.
The film is really quite good for a made for TV film, which can sometimes be very weak. This film is very good with a great number of characters, not too many to confuse us, but enough to keep the story going, as I said I actually haven't read the book so I don't know how well it keeps to the books story, but as a film it's excellent.
Catherine Tate is brilliant as the mother in the film, she plays a great part and makes the film very funny along with bringing up real issues which happen in everyday life for normal families all over the country.
It makes some good points and makes you really think about your life, which I didn't expect from the film!
The film has definitely made me want to go out and buy the book, and I am actually going onto Amazon now to see where I can get it!!!
The DVD is available from Amazon, but isn't always in stock,, I haven't actually seen it anywhere else so you might have to be lucky to find it!!! ITV player may have it...but I haven't looked so I'm not sure!
All in all the film is great if you can get it on DVD!
Summary: A great film for all the family!