The Mommy Market

The Mommy Market
Anna Chlumsky

Anna Chlumsky

Screen Time: 70%
Role: Elizabeth Martin
Age: 13 years old


The Mommy Market

Trading Mom
Rating: 7.5 (2 votes)
Directed: Tia Brelis
Country: USA
Language: English
Genre: Comedy


Three kids wish their mother away, then try to get her back when her replacement turns out to be horrible.

Movie Reviews

Anna is the cute girl who played "Vada Sultenfuss" in "My Girl", and
later she did a sequel called "My Girl 2". She took time off from
acting between 1998 and 2005 during which time she was writing for some
food magazine (I'm told).

This movie is about three siblings who get totally fed-up with their
mom, so they say this magic spell they learned from an old woman down
the street and make their mom disappear. Then they go to the magical
"mommy market" and get a new mom. Predictable, yes, but the story is
kinda fun. I'm sure we've all wished we could do that when we were

The movie could have been made so much better though. The cast isn't
given a fair chance to do their job, instead the director was probably
satisfied with the first take in almost every scene. I hate it when
this happens. Here you have this potentially very good material, but
the direction really, really, really! sucks, hence the movie suffers,
badly. I am positive that Tia Brelis' intentions were good, but getting
all worked up about a book or short story, and then making a great
movie from it, are two different things. Probably why we haven't seen
her doing any movie work since. I, too, would hide my head in the sand
if I was her.

So, is it a total waste of time, you might ask? Depends. Are you a huge
Anna fan, it's totally worth it. Cutie factor is way off the scale in
some scenes. If you on the other hand, are looking for a good movie,
then don't bother. If you want to watch something similar, but a
helluvalot better, go find a copy of "Nanny McPhee (2005)". Even though
it isn't about a mommy, it carries roughly the same high and mighty
moral pointers as "Mommy Market".

© Review by Pepi