Even with good intentions and an abundance of love, parents can sometimes become... smothering. Such is the case with Maggie (a hilarious Nia Vardalos), who decides that she would not only accept her son Lloyd (Jason Dolley) as gay, she would encourage it. In fact, Maggie becomes so convinced that Lloyd is indeed gay that she "outs" him to his entire high school. Like any good "helicopter mom," Maggie hovers over every aspect of her son's life. She takes control of his social life, sets him up on dates with boys whom she has approved, and files for a gay student college scholarship. There's just one wrench in her grand plans: Lloyd doesn't even know whether he's gay or not - and he's just asked a cute girl to prom (Skyler Samuels). In the end, will Maggie be willing to accept her son for who he is - or just who she thinks he is?
Charming, sweet, funny
- Helicopter Mom review by CW
Finally! A great US production sorbet movie. I wanted something light in between heavy fare. A friend recommended this one. The movie succeeds. It is not trying to be a serious drama. This is a light hearted delight. Casting is excellent. Lovely Nia Vardalos just nails her role as Maggie, a super protective she wolf of a mother. Over the top as intended yet we know the type, the loving hovering mother who would chew off her own leg to save her child. Jason Dolly plays Lloyd, a shy 17 year old who loves but can be smothered by his mother who tries to micro manage his life. Mark Boone Junior plays an old rocker dad who adores his son. Maggie learns about a scholarship for gays so she forces the issue, just deciding that Lloyd is gay. It all ends up happily ever after when the scholarship committee of one is impressed with Lloyd’s honesty when he says he is a virgin and just isn’t ready to decide if he is gay or straight. He qualifies as undecided or maybe bisexual. Most of the students at the school don’t care whether Lloyd is gay or straight and he has good friends.
I also liked that the movie was directed and produced by a woman, the very talented Salome’ Breziner. .