Nancy Meyers: Infinity War

This Labor Day, celebrate the most important career on earth — motherhood— when Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, and the rest of of your favorite moms from the Nancy Meyers Cinematic Universe unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet: the evil Patriarchy. 

Giving a nuanced performance as Patriarchy is Mel Gibson, who returns to the Nancy Meyers Universe after starring in her 2000 hit, What Women Want. Not since Lake Bell’s turn as Alec Baldwin’s new wife in Meyers’ It’s Complicated have we seen such a complex and layered villain in one of her films. It’s complicated, indeed!

On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, each of which is symbolized by an emblem of post-divorce, post-menopausal bliss — chardonnay, a younger boyfriend, Dansko clogs, a book club membership, a flirty yet sensible haircut, and architectural blueprints for that open floor plan kitchen you’ve always wanted, respectively — Patriarchy plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on middle-aged, affluent Caucasian women everywhere in Nancy Meyers: Infinity War

Something’s Gotta Give, but it won’t be our heroines! Donning casual-chic, off-white wardrobe by Eileen Fisher (Labor Day’s not over yet! White linen pants are still de rigueur) with glowing skin powered by La Mer, the Meyers Moms challenge Patriarchy in style against the aspirational backdrops of Santa Barbara, the Hamptons, and Cape Cod, bolstered by the help of an ensemble of heartwarming male allies played by Steve Martin, Jack Nicholson, and Keanu Reeves. 

The perfect film for grown children to take their moms to see after a tense, guilt-ridden Labor Day barbecue, Infinity War’s millennial audience members will be pleased to know that Lindsay Lohan, who last appeared in a Nancy Meyers movie in the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap, makes a special cameo appearance as the sober adult daughter of Goldie Hawn’s Judy Benjamin from Private Benjamin. Millennial audience members will also be pleased to know that Anne Hathaway, the star of Meyers’ 2015 meditation on the myth of the work/life balance, The Intern, does not make any appearance whatsoever in Infinity War.  

Nancy Meyers: Infinity War boasts an action-filled plot as the threat of the actual patriarchy and the personified Patriarchy looms nearer and nearer. By the close of the second act, the fate of adult female friendships and existence itself has never been more uncertain. Everything the Meyers Moms have fought for leads up to the final battle on Kitchen Island. With masterful special effects and impressive stunts, there is sure to be some blood back splashed on the Mediterranean tile backsplash. 

 Nancy Meyers: Infinity War…in theaters Labor Day 2019! Also presented in 3-D and IMAX.

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