In 2004, a popular series named ‘Desperate Housewives’ started dominating the television arena. Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo was well acclaimed and even won an Emmy for her performance. Even though she was seen in a different company in ‘Otherhood’, everything about their conversations, shots of their homes, the lawn outside, reflected the lifestyle in Wisteria Lane. Back then, they were women who hated uninvited guests, who didn’t like it when their parents showed up at their porch without some sort of notice. Their morning began with a cup of coffee in their hand while updating themselves about the latest gossip in their neighbourhood and ended with tucking their kids to sleep. It is 2019, and now these ladies have become parents to young adults who work in the New York city. Three mothers have now become the uninvited guests. ‘Otherhood’ may not have any formal connection with ‘Desperate Housewives’, but the frames, the narration, the plot line, was a nostalgic walk back to the memorable show. ‘Otherhood’ normalises mothers who love alcohol; Here, they have fun and drink like there’s no tomorrow, only to wake up to worried sick sons. Becoming a parent does not bar one from spending time with your friends, or hanging out at a pizza joint. All this we realise, when a middle aged woman, walks into a bar full of adults in their late 20s to spy on her son, (who is an art director at a magazine), only to get busted when she starts enjoying the aura of the party. She reminds her embarrassed son that deep within she was a girl who just loved to have fun. The film does not morally judge any action but reflects the reality of different circumstances. The issue of adultery is also dealt in a mature manner. ‘Otherhood’ tells the story of the cheater and does not necessarily show the one cheated on as the victim, because in life, victims and perpetrators sometimes exchange places. Overall, 'Otherhood' remains a relaxing watch, and maybe next time you spot one of your parent at a bar, you may want to think thrice before shaming them for being parents who drink. Rating : 3 stars 'Otherhood' is available on Netflix.
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