"A heartbreaker with hope to spare"

Out on:VOD 29th March 2019

Fast sell:

Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Alysia Reiner (Orange Is The New Black) go head to head in this brilliant and biting comedy about friendship, feminism and fertility. An entertaining and thought-provoking watch, just in time for Mother’s Day!

Key talent:

Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Drive)
Alysia Reiner (Orange Is The New Black)
Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect, The Help)
David Alan Basche (United 93, Lipstick Jungle)
Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Deuce, The Good Wife)

Marianna Palka (Good Dick, Bitch)


An unflinching comedy about why women choose motherhood, why they revere it, fear it, and why some women choose to forgo it. Over the course of one explosive evening, two couples and a surrogate must face their own ridiculous and sometimes heartbreaking shortcomings. With sharp cutting dialogue and complicated characters, Motherhood is about the personal, social, professional, and ideological implications of bringing new life into the world. Artist Tina (Alysia Reiner) and her passive-aggressive feminist husband (Gbenga Akinnagbe) invite her eight-months pregnant art school rival (Christina Hendricks) and power hungry, new-money husband (David Alan Basche) to their Brooklyn loft, surprising them with Tina’s new work-in-progress: a radical alternative to motherhood. But when their sensuous, non-traditional surrogate arrives (Anna Camp) the truth comes out, and the patriarchy fights to hang on by its teeth.

We like it because:

Over the course of one memorable evening, two very different couples and a surrogate must face some raw truths and sometimes heartbreaking shortcomings, in this acclaimed comedy that packs an emotional punch, that The Hollywood Reporter says “explodes cliches about motherhood, marriage and career.''

The film features standout performances from Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Drive) and Alysia Reiner (Orange Is The New Black) as old friends who clash as they realise they are approaching motherhood in extremely different ways - one traditional, one unconventional. They are given sterling support from David Alan Basche (United 93) and Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Deuce) as beleaguered husbands, and a brilliant turn from Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) as the surrogate who throws everything into disarray.

With a caustic, cringe-inducing and occasionally cruel script by Risa Mickenberg, about the personal, social, professional, and ideological implications of bringing new life into the world, Motherhood is directed with acerbic assurance by Marianna Palka, who won the New Director’s award at the Edinburgh FIlm Festival for her spiky comedy romance Good Dick in 2008.

Smartly funny, taking well aimed potshots at liberalism, class, consumer fads, and the patriarchy along the way, Motherhood is a cutting comedy of manners, and a wonderfully awkward, sometimes poignant, look at the trials and tribulations of 21st-century adulthood.

Hot Quotes:

“Terrific performances from Reiner and especially Hendricks, and with some scenes of piercing honesty” The Hollywood Reporter

“Fascinating and insightful examination of the phases of adult womanhood” The Wrap

“Biting satire... the two leads make Motherhood both funny and real” The Playlist

“Crackling pregnancy chamber piece with a feminist edge… strong character work and a buoyant sense of humor” Indiewire

Editor's Notes:

Available on: iTunes, Amazon, Sky, Virgin, Google Play, BT, Microsoft



Vertigo Releasing
Release date
29th March, 2019


Marianna Palka
  • Christina Hendricks
  • Alysia Reiner
  • Anna Camp
  • David Alan Basche
  • Gbenga Akinnagbe