What’s on TV Monday: ‘Otherhood’ and ‘Non-Fiction’

OTHERHOOD (2019) Stream on Netflix. A lesson for sons with mothers who expect them to get in touch on Mother’s Day: Call, don’t text. Otherwise you might set your mother up for the kind of retort Patricia Arquette’s character has in this movie when her adult son (played by Jake Hoffman) replies “I texted” to her complaint that he didn’t call her on Mother’s Day. The line she slams back with? “I birthed you.” They’re not the only baggage-laden mother-son pairing here; the comedy brings together a trio of moms who journey to New York to reconnect with their children. The film was written and directed by Cindy Chupack, whose past as a writer and executive producer of “Sex and the City” increasingly pokes through as the three women travel from the suburbs to the city. The two other mothers are played by Angela Bassett and Felicity Huffman, whose involvement in the recent college admission scandal may taint this breezy movie.

MUM Stream on BritBox. For more on moms (or one, at least), see this British sitcom. Lesley Manville stars as Cathy, a widow who spent the first two seasons grappling with grief, dealing with bumbling family members and heading more and more clearly toward romance with Michael (Peter Mullan), who was a close friend of her deceased husband. The third and final season, which ran overseas earlier in the year and is now available for audiences in the United States to stream on BritBox, changes the way the show handles time: Where the first two seasons each followed Cathy over many months, the third takes place over the course of a single week. The results received some strong reviews from critics in the show’s native country. “Before now, ‘Mum’ probably made you cry once a year,” Jack Seale wrote in a review for The Guardian. “Prepare for that to become three or four times an episode.”

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