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Don’t have anything big planned for Mother’s Day? Sometimes quality time with your mom is all you need. Grab some apps before heading to the theaters to catch a movie, or make some fancy drinks and turn on a movie in the comfort of your own home.
If you’re thinking of heading to the theaters, there are some movies you should avoid, despite their Mother’s Day themes.
Released just in time for Mother’s Day, Mothers and Daughters hits the big screen with its dramatic take on the holiday for moms, tackling subjects like cancer, teen pregnancy, abortion, adoption and bankruptcy.
Though it sounds like an enjoyable film in theory that would be perfect to see with mom, critics are less than impressed with its execution. The Washington Post writes, “Channeling the tone of both a Lifetime movie and an after-school special, Mothers and Daughters shambles into theaters oozing schlock and melodrama, just in time for Mother’s Day. This is no way to honor a beloved family member.”
While the film has plenty of star power with a cast that includes Selma Blair, Mira Sorvino, Courteney Cox and Christina Ricci, it seems to be missing an important element: fun.
Garry Marshall’s Mother’s Day, also currently in theaters, is a star-studded comedy that features Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts. However, it’s been called “superficial, predictable and generic,” garnering an 8% “Tomatometer” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Maybe this one’s not worth the watch, either.
The Meddler, on the other hand, released back on April 22, is still in theaters and earning rave reviews. The Philadelphia Enquirer’s Steve Rea notes that with “[Susan] Sarandon in the title role, Scafaria has a winner: The actress tackles Marnie headlong, with heart and soul, trolling the fancy outdoor shopping mall for products to buy and for people to intercept and hang on to.”
Brett Wheeler of the Globe and Mail calls it a “Sarandon-wrapped Mother’s Day valentine.”
The Meddler might be your best bet if you are going to be hitting up the theaters!
If you’re planning on enjoying a movie at home, there are a wealth of classic options on Netflix, including 1983’s Oscar-winning Terms of Endearment which examines a 30 year mother-daughter relationship (Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger) and requires at least a few boxes of Kleenex.
The more lighthearted remake of Freaky Friday (2003) is lots of fun to watch, following a stressed out mom (Jamie Lee Curtis) who magically switches places with her teenage daughter (Lindsay Lohan). And if you’re looking for lots of laughs along with a few dramatic moments, you can’t go wrong with 1993’s Mrs. Doubtfire starring Robin Williams, a divorced dad who poses as a British nanny in order to spend time with his kids.
Finally, 2012’s Brave is a fantastic girl-power fueled movie by Pixar. An anomaly in a landscape of fantasy films that typically promulgate the passive “princess needs saving” mythology that’s been embraced for decades in Western culture, in this one the princess relies on her bravery and archery skills to battle an ancient curse and restore peace in the Scottish Highlands.
Though most of these movies are focusing on mother-daughter relationships, sons shouldn’t be afraid to take some time with mom and watch these movies, too!