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5 movies about moms to help you celebrate Mother's Day

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted May 13th, 2018 @ 2:47pm


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HOME — Today is Mother’s Day, and hopefully you’ve got a full day of flowers, gifts, home-cooked meals and other niceties to give your mom.

Why not throw a movie in the mix, too? If you don’t have some gifts lined up, you can always just sit down for a nice evening on the couch. (That was the plan all along, right?)

There are many ways to be a mother. Here are five movies that explore the various ways moms fulfill these important roles.

“Freaky Friday” (2003)

This early-2000s classic features a less-than-perfect mother-daughter relationship. In fact, the characters of Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis fight so much that it takes a magic fortune cookie to fix their problems.

So many great scenes in this body-switching movie come from watching Jamie Lee Curtis act like Lindsay Lohan, and vice versa. For example: Curtis plays a pretty mean guitar solo. If you watch this movie with your mom, hopefully it won’t take any magic to make you appreciate her.

“Grey Gardens” (1975)

Unlike some of the other movies on this list, you won’t find a typical story about a mother and her teenage daughter in “Grey Gardens.”

Instead, you’ll get a fascinating documentary about an eccentric mother and daughter who live in a dilapidated New York mansion, talk strangely and don’t get out much. The documentary’s unique subject was enough to earn it a spot in the Library of Congress, and it’s become so well-known that Bill Hader and Fred Armisen parodied the movie on their satirical “Documentary Now!” show.

This might not be a Mother’s Day movie of the feel-good variety, but it will provide an interesting look at a one-of-a-kind maternal relationship.

“Mr. Mom” (1983)

Michael Keaton and John Hughes were reversing stereotypical gender roles all the way back in 1983 with this zany comedy.

When Keaton suddenly loses his job, he and his wife (Teri Garr) agree that she should go back to work while he is a stay-at-home dad. The problem is — you guessed it — he’s not very good at the whole “dad” thing.

Hilarities ensue in the way that only a Hughes-penned '80s comedy could pull off. It’s fun to turn back the clock and see Keaton in a completely silly comedic role, since he is now mostly known for his dramatic work in movies like “Spotlight” and “Birdman.” And while this movie is technically about a dad, it shows the influence mothers — and the things they do — have on all of us.

“Lion” (2016)

“Lion” is widely known as a tear-jerker, so be careful choosing this one to watch on Sunday if you don’t want your mom to see you cry.

Nominated for an Oscar for best picture in 2017, “Lion” stars Dev Patel as an adopted Indian who sets out to find his biological family 25 years after being separated from them. It’s based on the incredible true story of Saroo Brierley, which he detailed in his 2013 autobiography “A Long Way Home: A Memoir.”

With a supporting cast that includes Sunny Pawar, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman as Patel’s adoptive mother, “Lion” is one you don’t want to miss this weekend — especially since it’s currently on Netflix.

“Lady Bird” (2017)

This dramedy about a teenager’s complicated relationship with her mother earned near-universal praise from critics last year, as well as five Academy Award nods.

The titular character, played by Saoirse Ronan, often argues with her mother (Laurie Metcalf) as she prepares to head to her freshman year of college. But the movie reveals that through the rocky times, their mother-daughter relationship is deeply loving at its core.

“Lady Bird” is set in an early-2000s Sacramento, so be ready for some pings of nostalgia if you grew up during that time. If you’re not with your mom this weekend, you’ll definitely want to call her after you see the movie’s final moments.

“Lady Bird” is rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying.

From all of us at KSL.com: We'd like to wish all the mothers out there a wonderful Mother's Day.

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com
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