Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Movie Marathon: 6 Flicks to Watch With Your Mama

Mother's Day is Sunday, and if you've yet to think of something special to do for your mom, consider treating her (or your mother-in-law or the mother of your children) to a marathon of films that will make her smile, sniffle or sing. Be aware that you will not find classic tear-jerkers like "Terms of Endearment" or "Stepmom" on this list, because it's time to branch out!

Here are my six personality-specific picks for the movie-loving mom you want to celebrate. After you've picked which ones you're going to watch, search for the best places to watch them right here on Moviefone.

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1. 'Easy A'

For moms who were cool during adolescence (and/or still are): You might be wondering why a mom would want to watch a high-school comedy, but main character Olive (Emma Stone) has the kind of patient, funny mom (played to perfection by Patricia Clarkson) everybody wishes they had at 16. Rosemary is open about her own teen antics; is willing to listen -- really listen -- to Olive during her whole "Scarlet Letter" experiment; and she makes her kids and her husband laugh on a regular basis. For extra laughs, reminisce about the craziest thing you did as a teenager.

2. 'Brave'

For mothers of daughters: Pixar's Oscar-winning drama gives the term "mama bear" a literal meaning. Scottish princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) and her regal mother Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) don't see eye to eye about much of anything, especially the idea of young Merida picking an acceptable suitor. But when a curse turns the Queen into a bear, Merida finally learns to see things from her mom's point of view -- and vice versa. It's not a "Freaky Friday"-style body swap, but a story of mutual understanding, respect and trust that all mothers and daughters should be able to enjoy.

3. 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day'

For mothers of sons: Plenty of women (and therefore moms) prefer sci-fi action thrillers to romantic comedies, and if your mom appreciates strong, kick-butt heroines who will do anything and everything to protect their kids, she will definitely relate to Sarah Connor (a ripped Linda Hamilton). While some viewers might only remember Hamilton's biceps, mothers will understand the motivation behind the washboard abs and blazing guns -- Sarah's need to protect tween son John against the very real cyborg threat from the future. Don't forget to tell your mom why she's as awesome as Sarah Connor.

4. 'Les Miserables'

For moms who break out into song: Yeah, yeah, I mentioned no tear-jerkers, but I'm breaking that rule for "Les Mis," because mothers who love musicals will: a) be thrilled you were willing to watch a three-hour drama with her, b) probably know most of the musical numbers already, and c) sympathize with Fantine's (Anne Hathaway) desperate need to provide food, shelter, and safety for her daughter, Cosette, even if it means giving up her virtue, and, eventually, her life. To lighten the mood, sing along with the epic numbers like "One Day More" or "Lovely Ladies" in your funniest Broadway voice.

5. 'Bend It Like Beckham'

For soccer moms past and present: Any mom who has hauled a mesh bag of soccer balls, a cooler of Gatorade and a minivan full of sweaty kids to and from soccer practice will love seeing Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra in this British comedy about two girls who just want to "bend it like Beckham," even though their mothers disapprove of their tomboyish pursuits. The scenes between the two girls and their moms (one who's afraid her daughter is a lesbian and one who's afraid playing soccer will ruin her family's standing in the Sikh community) are memorably hilarious.

6. 'Parenthood'

For moms with lots of siblings: Do you have a bunch of aunts, uncles, and cousins you grew up with? Do you have a single mom? How about a mom who has issues with her own mom and dad? Does your mom enjoy big-family comedies? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, your mom is likely to love Ron Howard's iconic 1989 family comedy "Parenthood." Even if you've watched it before, it's one of the best movies to make a "Mother's Day" tradition, because it shows the importance of a strong, connected family that can overcome obstacles big and small.