By Leah Greenblatt
August 10, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

Motherland

B-
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If Motherland had a subtitle, it might be The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Bourgeois Brooklynite. This sequel to 2009’s enjoyably snarky haute- parenthood chronicle Prospect Park West features many of the same privileged, procreating New Yorkers — none of whom seem any better off since we last left them. They’re still kvetching in the borough of beautiful brownstones, $1,200 status strollers, and, apparently, nonstop marital discord (though they do have enough graphic, mostly adulterous sex to fill several Penthouse Forums). Motherland‘s intertwined narratives move along at a satisfyingly soapy clip, but its characters’ perpetual misery — and Sohn’s penchant for strenuously current, celebrity-saturated cultural references — eventually curdles like so much sour breast milk. B-

Motherland

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  • Amy Sohn
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