Let’s face it, it’s still a man’s world, especially in Hollywood. Sure, Kathryn Bigelow became the first female director to take home that little gold statue this year, but it was for directing a war film about men. I had a sudden notion, in honor of Mother’s Day, to invite everyone to share their lists of their favorite films about mothers. There’s no shortage of father-and-son films — hell, you could make an argument 90% of all films made are in some way thematically tied to the bond or lack thereof between fathers and sons either symbolically or literally — but I’ve been wracking my brain to name even just ten films about mothers or Mother and Child— hey, there’s a plug for that new Naomi Watts/Annette Bening film that just opened in limited release this weekend to good reviews.
So what did I think of?
- The film that sunk Faye Dunaway’s career and made her a camp queen, Mommie Dearest
- Albert Brooks’ sardonic Mother
- Erin Brockovich
- The Blind Side (which I haven’t even seen yet)
- Danny DeVito’s Throw Momma from the Train
- John Waters’ underrated Serial Mom
- Mermaids (ah, if only Cher could be everyone’s mom)
- Baby Boom (ah, if only Diane Keaton would adopt everyone)
And then, of course, one of my all-time favorite films, Paris, Texas is about a father and son (there we go again) who become obsessed with reuniting with mom, and who wouldn’t if that mom was Nastassja Kinski?
So ga’head…see if you can do it.
List your favorite Movies about Mom.
Written by David H. Schleicher