A group of women from very different walks of life are all brought together when they are called into school to talk about their misbehaving kids. When forced to spend time together getting involved with the school to ensure their children aren’t expelled, the women eventually set aside their differences and find happiness and laughter in their shared experiences.
Single mums are often represented in romance films and the majority of the time they spend the film looking for love. Despite the themes of female-power that appear prevalent in the title and synopsis of the film The Single Moms Club is far from a show of female independence, so if that’s what you’re looking for, look away now.
Either The Single Moms Club is a sad yet true depiction of the modern single mum or it’s just a big bundle of tired stereotypes, either way, the struggling single mum who ends up under scrutiny for the slightest mistakes in parenting while the father of the kids hardly sees them and barely pays his share is as frustrating as it is tired. The film is made up of five mothers, all in different walks of life but all capable of handling the trials and tribulations of single parenthood, who come the end of the film simply have to have a man because, that’s how life has to be, right? That’s not to say it isn’t a formula that works, and equally that depiction could well be a true representation of real life single mothers, however it is just a little tiresome.
The film is nowhere near as funny as it could be, it has a good cast all more than capable of taking a script and making it laugh out loud funny, and the heart of the story; single mums finding solace in sisterhood and trying to do right by their kids is a pretty good storyline, however the film loses it all on the romance which takes over the majority of the last half of the film and we see very little of the mothers with their kids, so the heart of the story is totally lost on this apparent need for the women to find men. Keeping it simple, in this case, would have been a good move.
For all its faults however, The Single Moms Club is an easy to watch, feel good film. Wendi McLendon-Covey of Bridesmaids fame is brilliant and there are some real laugh out loud moments, albeit very few. The Single Moms Club is nothing special and it certainly isn’t some kind of empowering must see movie for all single mums in the world, however it is a nice easy to watch little film, just not worth going out of your way for.