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Paramount Defends Jennifer Lawrence's 'Mother!' after Rare 'F' CinemaScore: 'Audacious and Brave'

20 September 2017, 12:52 | Lowell Little

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The Jennifer Lawrence-starring mother! earned itself the disastrous grade this weekend, something the film's studio, Paramount Pictures, refuses to accept as defeat, having released a statement defending the film and slamming Netflix for being "safe". Even at the end of the film, we feel that the puzzle is incomplete because of the different elements in the movie that we could not link, and we realize that every person will have their own perception of the movie and their own puzzle. Which makes people want to watch it a few times.

"I just had a lot of rage and anger, and I just wanted to channel it into one emotion, one feeling", the Academy Award nominee told reporters.

The result is an apocalyptic metaphor, rich in religious, environmental and political undertones.

Unfortunately it has essentially resulted in Paramount getting too big for its boots, attempting to open the film nationwide as opposed to select theatres like "Black Swan"; its festival buzz projected the film to open at $11 million, but it managed to secure only $7.5 million, making it the lowest open ever for a Jennifer Lawrence movie. While he is trying to overcome a serious bout of writer's block, she is busy restoring his family home. Their marital bliss is interrupted when two unexpected guests - a man (Ed Harris) and his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) - arrive at their doorstep.




Lawrence, whose roles usually focus on strong female leads, is thrust into portraying someone living to make her husband happy and asked to give and give until she can give no more.

The movie received mixed reaction in Venice and was booed after its first screening, but Aronofsky remained undeterred.

While an "F" CinemaScore is not a guarantee that a film will be a box office failure (The Devil Inside went on to gross more than $100 million globally), the score tends to hurt a film's word-of-mouth, as friends and family warn others to stay away from the theater. "I don't think that's how it's supposed to work!"



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