Do Writers Make Bad Moms?
If you’re a mother AND a writer, does that necessarily mean that you’re a narcissistic and potentially emotionally neglectful mom? That’s a question that was plaguing me as I recently left the theater after watching the latest indie flick from filmmaker Noah Baumbach, “Margot at the Wedding,” starring Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jack Black.
Kidman played Margot Zeller a short story writer from New York City who seemed to exist in her own world where she has no notion of how her hurtful and brutal non-stop commentary, largely aimed at her son Claude (Zane Pais) and her sister Pauline (Leigh), whose Hamptons wedding she was slated to attend with Claude, wounded all of those who she supposedly loved. As she openly toyed with the notion of leaving her two sons and her writer husband Jim (John Turturro), Margot was engaged in an affair with another writer, who just so happened to live near her sister’s home in the
As I watched the film unfold – I won’t spoil plot surprises for those of you who will wade through the well-acted-though-melancholy and occasionally darkly amusing scenes – I wondered if we were in the midst of some kind of mini-trend when it came to silver screen depictions of writers who happened to also be mothers with young kids. Was it just this character, who only saw herself and her own desires, who was portrayed as a mom-writer-on-the-edge, or were there other theatrical portrayals of mom-writers in recent films?