Cate Blanchett's New Film 'Where'd You Go Bernadette' Nails Why Moms Just Can't Win

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Cate Blanchett Where'd You Go Bernadette
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Have you ever felt like no matter how well you appear to have it all together, what you do is never quite good enough, especially when it comes to how organized, content, and successful other women seem to be? Even though as moms it's driven into our heads that we need to stop comparing ourselves to others, it can be so tough not to play the "how do I stack up" game, particularly with how much "perfection" we see all around us these days. This is something Cate Blanchett's character in her new movie, Where'd You Go Bernadette, knows all too well, and let me just tell you -- this is a must-see flick for any mom who is overworked, over-scheduled, and just flat-out overwhelmed on any given day of the week.

  • Bernadette is a former architect turned stay-at-home mom.

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    At first glance, she looks like someone who should be the envy of everyone around her. Handsome and crazy successful husband -- check. A home that may be a major fixer upper and is literally falling apart, but is also massive and quite impressive -- check. A teenage daughter who is kind, smart, driven, and has a thirst for adventure and living life to the fullest -- check. Financial security -- check. 

    But underneath the surface, Bernadette is a mom who has no idea who she is anymore and is struggling with her sense of identity, which is something all of us can relate to.

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  • Without spoiling the movie, let's just say that there are a couple of key reasons as to why Bernadette lost herself along the way.

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    After all, as a mom, it's impossible to have it all, right? You can't be at the height of your career and give 100% of yourself to your kids all at the same time ... or can you?

  • I had the pleasure of chatting with Cate and with Richard Linklater, the director of the movie. They gave more insight into Bernadette's struggles. 

  • Ahhh! Is Cate right, or what?

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    It's OK to NOT BE OK. And when it comes to other people around us, we have to remember that what we are seeing in person and on social media is nothing more than a highlight reel. No one is sharing their struggles, challenges, and failures, and you never quite know what is happening behind the scenes. 

    The bottom line is that we're all doing the best we can, and we're all on a journey to stay true to who we are while taking care of the people we hold dear to us.

  • 'Where'd You Go Bernadette' is in theaters August 16. 

    Trust me. This is one summer flick you absolutely don't want to miss.