Movie Review: “My Mom’s New Boyfriend”

My Mom’s New Boyfriend (2008) is a rollicking romantic comedy written and directed by George Gallo.

Meg Ryan plays Marty Durand, the seriously overweight mother of Henry Durand (Colin Hanks, the son of famous Tom!). When she drops Henry off at the airport, so that he can go off to become an FBI agent, she flops down on the floor to have a cup of coffee. Someone who walks past drops a coin into her cup, clearly under the impression that she is a homeless beggar. This one little incident prompts her to turn her life around: she loses weight, becomes fit, and metamorphoses into a stunner (of course – it’s Meg Ryan!). When Henry returns home, together with his new girlfriend Emily (played by Selma Blair) who is also an FBI agent, he is astounded at her transformation.

One day, when the three of them go shopping, Marty is knocked unconscious by the model airplane piloted by Tommy Martinez (played by the deliciously hunky Antonio Banderas). Of course, the sparks immediately fly between the two of them.

Unfortunately, it turns out that the FBI suspects Tommy of being the leader of a sophisticated gang of international art thieves. And poor Henry is given the difficult assignment of doing surveillance on his mother (phone taps, bugs hidden all over the house, the works…). Predictably, this gives rise to some awkward and acutely embarrassing moments for Henry.

All in all, a nice bit of fluff. Not too intellectually challenging, just a little bit of slapstick humour, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end.

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