Reese Witherspoon is back to SNL for the first time since 2001 and for her second turn at hosting Saturday Night Live, she got in the Mother’s Day spirit with a special tribute to the mothers. Witherspoon and the SNL cast apologized to their mothers for their mistakes, and for the awkward or awful things they made during their younger years.
Joe Berkowitz dubbed Witherspoon on Vulture as full of surprises. One time, she is into indie films that were acclaimed critically, such as Mud, or This Means War. She got arrested for defending her husband from drunk driving, stayed on hiatus for months, then returned in full force. While currently promoting her new project action comedy film, Hot Pursuit, she was recently in a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live. It was all-smiles, in a supposed emotional but somewhat funny Mother’s Day Special.
Berkowitz said the recent Saturday Night Live episode was unpredictable, just like its host. The show got into the spirit of mom’s day during its monologue, and host Reese Witherspoon invited the members of the SNL cast and their respective mothers, the night’s Mother’s Day special guests. The cast were apologizing to their moms for their bad behavior when they were young and each honored the moms with flowers.
In this age of smartphones and social media, anyone can see the latter loaded with photos of mothers all over the world, and it is not surprising for special events like Mother’s Day. While that is not a problem, displaying a bond between mother and child should be good enough to be presented to the public. The SNL Mother’s Day episode is exactly all about that, and many found it adorable.
SNL rarely shows something like it just did with the Mother’s Day special – emotionally connecting the players to the audience, who only see them as performers from which they can be admired or criticized. However, getting a glimpse of their younger years goes a long way, said HitFix, and the home movies the mothers showed at the end about the cast when they were young got the audience engaged with SNL on an entirely new level. The moms adoringly played along as well.
Kate McKinnon apologized to her mom for being a “weird” daughter, to which her mom Laura responded that it is good as being weird “got you here.” Jay Pharoah said sorry for the sandwiches she made for him, which were put in the trash, while Kenan Thompson expressed how sorry he was for playing with fire that almost burned their entire house.
The Oscar-winning host Witherspoon also called her own mom, Betty, to apologize for her wrongdoings when she was younger, such as for sneaking off with a boyfriend. Betty accepted her daughter’s apology. The best part was when she disclosed that the mothers put together some home videos from the cast.
Reese Witherspoon’s mom Betty, in the SNL Mother’s Day Special had the footage of her and the SNL casts showing their silliness and cuteness as children or youngsters. Two-year-old Jay Pharoah was screaming when his mother went out. Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong, performed in school plays, showcasing their talents that early.
By Judith Aparri
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