Garry Marshall, the legendary filmmaker behind some of your favorite chick flicks—think Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride-–celebrated his latest film with its star Kate Hudson at last night’s Cinema Society screening. The cast is full of Marshall staples, like Hudson, who starred in Raising Hellen, as well as Julia Roberts. “I actually had a lot of the cast’s families visiting on set,” Marshall told us. “In the old days, Julia [Roberts] used to have young, hip Hollywood friends visiting—now she has friends from the PTA. They’re other mothers with kids; they hang out.” The film also stars Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, and Jennifer Aniston, who Marshall was excited to work with for the first time. “I always wanted to work with Jennifer Aniston because I think she’s wonderful. She can make so much honest and takes scenes and makes them so genuine. It’s a pleasure because that’s the humor I do—things you can relate to.”
The film is centered on the interwoven stories of a group of women who share one thing in common: motherhood. The plot follows the week before the one day of the year when “Mom” comes first, focusing on the group of women—ranging from a divorced mother dealing with her kids’ new stepmom to a young mom trying to find her birth mother—serving as an emotional (and funny) reminder that every mom is her own kind of hero.
“I’m surprisingly strict in some capacity, but pretty easygoing when it comes to TV and video games, as long as their grades are good,” said Hudson, dishing to us on her mommy-style. “To me, I’m really more about how they’re treating people, politeness, and manners.” On her relationship with her mom, Goldie Hawn? “I feel like we do everything together, even though we’re both so busy and traveling. But every time we’re both in L.A., we really just end up talking and filling each other in into the night. That’s what we like to do—talk.”
Other attendees at the screening, which was co-hosted by Open Road Films and Lands’ End, include the film’s stars Jack Whitehall and Aasif Mandvi, who played Hudson’s husband. “When Gary offered me the role, he was like, ‘You’re going to be Kate Hudson’s husband!’ I thought he was kidding, but hey, it was a lot of fun.” Olivia Palermo and Johannes Hubel also made an appearance, as well as John Varvatos, Tony Danza, John Corbett, Dean Winters, Paul Haggis, Bill Wackerann, Amy Sacco, and Dylan Lauren, who’s getting ready for her second Mother’s Day this year. “Mother’s Day is the day before my birthday, so we’ll probably do a combo celebration with my mom, my twinkies, and my husband. I’m hoping I can go to an animal farm though in upstate New York,” said the candy queen.
Post-screening, the gang headed to Ladurée Soho, where we saw Desiree Gruber, Pat and Anna Cleveland, Dale Moss, Scott Lipps, and Nicky Hilton, who stunned in a not-so-maternity Valentino pastel frock. “The film was so adorable—I love chick flicks,” she said while hunting for Ladurée’s famous macaroons. Though she won’t celebrate her first Mother’s Day until next year, she already has her ideal holiday in mind: “I just want to chill and relax at home with my family and eat home-cooked food.” We’re on board with that.
With Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and New Year’s Eve on Marshall’s list of holidays-turned-movies, we can’t help but wonder what calendar day he’ll tap next. “Well, I don’t know…I may do a picture in Monaco that Prince Albert wrote. It was quite good,” he said. It’s no surprise then that the Prince’s daughter, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, was in attendance.