Writer Dan Fogelman and director Anne Fletcher don’t make it easy on us, because we have to get past the initial part of the movie, where her character is established as being nudgy and annoying. She’s effortlessly convincing as a New Jersey widow whose habits drive her grown son crazy. A story contrivance inspires him to ask her to join him on a cross-country road trip, during which he calls on a variety of businesses to pitch a newly developed cleaning product. Having his mom along leads to a series of colorful and embarrassing misadventures—some amusing, some silly.
It takes a while to kick in, but once the film gets into gear, Streisand becomes so loose and relaxed it’s a treat to watch her in action. There isn’t much else to be said for this piece of fluff except that it serves as a reminder of what star quality is all about.