Mother’s Day 2018 – Best ‘Mum’ Movies

For your Mother’s Day viewing, here are some of the most memorable Mum movies over the years.

1. Terms of Endearment (1983)

Terms of Endearment portrays a 30-year journey of mother/daughter push and pull. Aurora, played by Shirley MacLaine, is neurotic and overbearing after the death of her husband, and Emma, Debra Winger, is the charming, free spirited daughter who loves her mother but is desperate for her to find love again after her father died, perhaps so she’ll stop meddling in her own marriage! The relationship between these two goes down in history as one of the most heart wrenching and heart warming tales of all time. If there’s ever been a movie more perfect for Mother’s Day viewing, I’d like to know.

2. Juno (2007)

Juno portrays three variations of ‘mother’. Juno is sixteen, pregnant, but technically not a mother-to-be. The potential mother of this baby is Vanessa (Jennifer Garner), who despite her successful career and seemingly perfect marriage, believes that she is destined for motherhood. Then there is Bren, played by Alison Janney, who is Juno’s stepmother. The fantastic relationships that form between these women will touch your heart, it’s a wonderfully witty and good natured film, with lots of laughs along the way. Jennifer Garner’s desperation for a child creates one of her most vulnerable and moving performances of all time, but Ellen Page steals the screen as the smart-mouthed, naïve yet incredibly mature young girl faced with a challenge.

3. Freaky Friday (2003)

What would happen if you swapped bodies with your mother? Freaky Friday, the hilarious body-swap classic starring Jamie Lee-Curtis and Lindsay Lohan, is the story of a mother and teenage daughter whose fate is just that… the must endure a stint in the life of one another. The mother, who is a sort-of control freak about to embark upon her second marriage, and the daughter, a teenage rebel who would rather play loud electric guitar in the garage than help her mother prepare for her wedding. They both disapprove of one another, so what better way to create understanding than to force them into each others’ shoes. The result is definitely amusing, perfect for some hearty laughs with your Mum.

4. The Kids Are All Right (2010)

Here, we are presented with a supposedly unconventional family, who have all of the conventional issues. ‘The Kids’, Joni (18) and Laser (15), have been raised by two gay women, both of whom bore one of the children each. They are great kids, and the mothers are great too, but they are imperfect humans and seem to be in the middle of some sort of midlife crisis. Their worlds are turned upside down when the kids get in touch with their sperm donor father, and bring him into their family. After a lifetime of maybe wondering what it would be like to have a dad, they discover that he’s actually pretty cool. He’s a hippie and owns his own organic farm. The mothers’ reaction to this imposter is brilliantly portrayed, as they put on their liberal, brave-faced façade in front of their kids, only to crumble into complete frenzy behind closed doors. It’s a wonderful portrayal of family madness, and you get two mothers for the price of one.

5. I, Tonya (2017)

Every now and again we are presented with an on-screen mother who is so wonderfully mean and vicious, it is impossible not to love her while whole heartedly disapprove of her. Alison Janney, (who recently won the Oscar for this performance) plays LaVona Harding, the tough, chain smoking, ‘tiger’ mother of Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie), the real life Olympic skater who struggles to mince her words. LaVona’s treatment of her daughter is awful, truly, the pushy mother from hell, yet she makes Tonya and the movie what they are. It is impossible to take your eyes off her. It also might make you thankful that your own mother isn’t quite as relentless!

6. Carrie (1976)

Stephen King’s novel-turned-horror movie is perhaps not the cosiest of mothers day viewing choices, but it is brilliant if you’re looking for a scare. This mother, played by Piper Laurie, is so terrifying, so sinister, she will send chills down your spine. She is a raving religious fanatic and every teenage girls worst nightmare, believing that sex is sinful, and prohibiting her daughter from creating any friendships that would most certainly make high school more bearable. When her daughter traumatically gets her first period in the showers at school, she tells her that periods are a punishment from God. You couldn’t really ask for a worse mother, but trust me, Carrie gets her revenge. The discovery of her telekinesis comes in handy in terms of showing her mother who’s boss. Hopefully this film will not remind you of your mother, but rather allow you to appreciate that very fact.

7. Psycho (1960)

“A boy’s best friend is his mother”. The iconic words spoken by Norman Bates; a shy, peculiar hotel owner with a nightmare mother. When Marion Crane rents a room at the Bates Motel, she meets Norman, and inquires about his relationship with this screaming woman. He is trapped, unable to escape his mother’s grasp, but he loves her, and wouldn’t know what to do without her. Yes, this may seem like a caring boy who wants to look after his mother, but the reality is quite different. This is the most chilling, unique portrayal of mother –son co-dependence that has probably ever been, probably tormenting the psyche of men and women all over the world. It’s a brilliant, albeit unconventional choice for a few Mother’s Day scares.

8. Lady Bird

Another brilliant mother-daughter movie option is Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s feature about a teenage girl and her relationship with her Mum (played by Laurie Metcalf). It is wonderfully real, hysterically funny, and extremely touching. She is experiencing everything for the first time, entering womanhood, and feels her mother doesn’t understand her. There are some brilliant interactions between the two of them, including Lady Bird (Saiorse Ronan) hurling herself out of a moving car in order to escape her mother’s scolding. Another scene which will have you laughing out loud is when Marion takes her daughter shopping for the prom, and the all-too-familiar “don’t yell”, “I’m not yelling” dialogue occurs that I’m sure most of us can remember from adolescence. Make this trip for Mother’s Day and you won’t regret it.

To All the Great Mums, grand mums, Happy Mothers Day!