You might have noticed that Eva Mendes has laid pretty low for the past few years (let’s be real–you would, too, if you’d appeared in that heinous and unnecessary remake of The Women in 2008). But never fear–we’ve forgiven her for her bad decision (we can’t say the same for Meg Ryan or Annette Benning) just in time for her latest film to come out. Girl in Progress is the heartfelt tale of a mother who’s more concerned with having a good time than with raising her kid, who was an unexpected product of Mendes’ wild teenage years. Sound familiar? That’s because it is. But if you haven’t seen Young Adult yet, or Juno, or pretty much any film from the ’90s with a scene where a child cries out to their absent parent: “You’re never there for me!” then chances are you’ll be totally moved. As for the rest of us, the adult-unprepared-to-be-an-adult plot line is growing tiresome, and we find ourselves wondering whether we’ll ever see a film where a mother is depicted as actually doing it right.
Maybe that’s just not interesting. But we’d hate to think that it’s unrealistic.