In honor of Mother’s Day, which is right around the corner, I compiled a short list of movies that spotlight the women we love the most. Some of them are lovable and supportive, and a few are a little cooky! Check out the list below and see who made the cut.
Freaky Friday (2003)
Jamie Lee Curtis as Tess Coleman, mother to Lindsay Lohan’s character Anna
In this family-friendly comedy, mother and daughter experience a body swap and hilarity ensues. This movie proves that sometimes all you need to do is step into someone else’s shoes and experience their life for a few days. A little empathy goes a long way- just look at how it worked out for these two!
Soul Food (1997)
Irma P. Hall as family matriarch Mother Joe aka “Big Mama”
Hall portrayed a strong, loving, no-nonsense mother and grandmother in this classic film. She really was the glue holding everyone together. Her illness and subsequent death threatened to tear the family a part. It was the antics of her precocious grandson Ahmad that ultimately brought everyone together again.
Get Out (2017)
Catherine Keener as Missy Armitage, mother to Allison William’s character Rose
Rose and her entire family are incredibly sketchy, but her mom Missy takes the cake as creepiest of the bunch. The hatred she has for Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), and people like him is pretty awful, but what’s worse is that she instilled the same values in her kids. Thankfully, she’s only scary when she has that darn teacup in her hand. Without it, Missy is just a terrible mom (and person).
Monster In Law (2005)
Jane Fonda as Viola Fields, mother to Kevin (Michael Vartan) and *potential* MIL to Charlie (Jennifer Lopez)
In this silly comedy, Fonda plays a woman who loves her son, but despises his girlfriend (and later fiance) Charlie from the very start. She goes to great lengths to ensure that the wedding doesn’t happen and she’s almost successful! The movie gets the most ridiculous when Viola and Charlie are battling it out, but it’s a fun watch and anyone with a difficult mother in law can probably relate!
Rhea Perlman as Matilda’s biological mother Mrs. Wormwood and Embeth Davidtz as her dream mom Miss Honey
This was one of my very favorite movies as a kid and now that I’m an adult I realize just how messed up Matilda’s home life was! Her parents didn’t love her and never really wanted her in the first place, which is surprising since she was such an extraordinary kid. Thankfully, Matilda’s sweet teacher Miss Honey (pun intended) ended up adopting her and they lived happily ever after.
Real Women Have Curves (2002)
Lupe Ontiveros as Carmen, mother to America Ferrara’s character Ana
Carmen is a resilient lady who has had a difficult life. She and her daughter Ana don’t see eye to eye, but I believe that there is love between them. Though the movie ends abruptly and we don’t see what becomes of their relationship, deep down I believe that they came to a place of understanding and Carmen ultimately supported her daughter’s decision to pursue a college education.
Mother Gothel as “mom” to Rapunzel
Gothel wins the title of “most manipulative mom” in Disney history. She wasn’t actually Rapunzel’s mother, but after kidnapping her as an infant, she “raised” her for 18 years. While she made an awful mother (in every sense of the word), Gothel was pretty adept at tricking the young princess for so long. Her wit and snarkiness are outmatched only by her relentless quest for beauty. This woman was committed to a dream!
To all the moms out there: thank you for all that you have done for us kids and enjoy your day 🙂
Who are some of your favorite movie moms? Let me know in the comments below!