‘Mother Up’: An Underwhelming Narcissistic Journey

/ Nov 12, 2013


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At first glance and first watch, Hulu’s new animated series, “Mother Up!,” starring the voice of Eva Longoria, is underwhelming. But to the extent that “Mother Up!” does in fact feel like the format you’d find on Adult Swim or TLC, Hulu can mark the show as a small win and a big step in the right direction.

Eva Longoria plays the voice behind Rudi Wilson, a former big-wig New York power-executive in the music industry, who (for reasons unbeknownst to the audience) decides to move to suburbia, trading in the limelight and glitz for mom-drama, stereotypical ‘burb types, and bickering that comes along with the single mother lifestyle.

Where the show initially goes wrong is in the disconnected storyline and poor introduction of characters. The viewer is barely given context to why Wilson is, first of all, a single mom, and secondly, opting out of her big city life in favor of the suburbs.

The level to which Wilson is ill-prepared to be a parent (even though her kids are over the age of five, which means she’s been doing this for a while) comes through with shining glory, and does so time and time again to the point that it becomes desensitizing. The stereotypical pretensions associated with high society and bad parenting run strong throughout the first two episodes.

The show succeeds in bringing to light the common neglect that runs rampant in many homes in America, and certainly not only those of the “rich and famous.” “Mother Up!” also perpetuates stereotypes about the surburban “bitch” mom, the ditzy blonde, the creepy male neighbor, and the superficiality of entertainment types.

If this show grabs momentum it will be because it feels closer to an animated version of “Housewives of New York” — playing to the thrill of mindless entertainment and shallow storylines.

Perhaps the best part of the show is that it ends with Destorm Power’s “Instagram” song.

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