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Otherhood is a 2019 American comedy film, directed by Cindy Chupack, from a screenplay by Chupack and Mark Andrus. It is based upon the novel Whatever Makes You Happy by William Sutcliffe, and follows three suburban mothers who show up to the New York City homes of their sons unannounced. It stars Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett, Felicity Huffman, Jake Hoffman, Sinqua Walls, and Jake Lacy.

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Official poster
Directed byCindy Chupack
Produced by
Written by
Based on
Whatever Makes You Happy
Music byMarcelo Zarvos
CinematographyDeclan Quinn
Edited by
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • July 21, 2019 (2019-07-21) (51Fest)
  • August 2, 2019 (2019-08-02) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

The film had its world premiere at 51Fest on July 21, 2019. It was released on August 2, 2019, by Netflix. The film received generally mixed to negative reviews, although Huffman's performance was critically praised.[2][3]



In April 2018, Patricia Arquette and Angela Bassett joined the cast of the film, with Cindy Chupack directing the film, from a screenplay written by Chupack and Mark Andrus, based upon the novel Whatever Makes You Happy by William Sutcliffe. Jason Michael Berman and Cathy Schulman will produce the film, under their Mandalay Pictures and Welles Entertainment banners, respectively. Arquette and Bassett will executive produce the film. Netflix will distribute.[4] In May 2018, Sinqua Walls joined the cast of the film.[5] In June 2018, Felicity Huffman, Jake Lacy and Jake Hoffman joined the cast.[6]


Principal photography began on June 11, 2018, in New York City.[7]


It had its world premiere at 51Fest on July 21, 2019.[8][9] The film was originally scheduled to have been released on April 26, 2019. However, because of Felicity Huffman's involvement in the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal, the release date was postponed to August 2, 2019.[10]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 29% based on 14 reviews, and an average rating of 3.83/10.[11] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 37 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[12]


  1. ^ "Otherhood". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
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  4. ^ Galuppo, Mia (April 16, 2018). "Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett in Talks for Netflix Comedy 'Otherhood'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  5. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (May 25, 2018). "Sinqua Walls Cast In 'Otherhood'; Madelyn Cline Boards 'Once Upon A Time In Staten Island'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Felicity Huffman Joins Angela Bassett And Patricia Arquette In ‘Otherhood’ At Netflix
  7. ^ Busch, Anita; Fleming Jr, Mike (April 16, 2018). "Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett In Negotiations To Star In Netflix's Feature Comedy 'Otherhood'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  8. ^ Lewis, Hilary (June 27, 2019). "Harvey Weinstein Doc 'Untouchable,' Cindy Chupack's 'Otherhood' Set for Female-Focused 51Fest". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "Otherhood". 51Fest. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  10. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 9, 2019). "Felicity Huffman Netflix Pic 'Otherhood' To Stream In August Amid College Scandal – Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "Otherhood (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  12. ^ "Otherhood 2019". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 4, 2019.

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