The first person you ever laid eyes on (literally); the first to pick you up from your hardest fall; the first person whose arms you cried into when you broke up with your first boyfriend – yes, your dearest mother. It’s that time of the year again when Mothers are celebrated all over the world.
While the earliest origins of Mothers’ Day can be traced back to the ancient Greek and Roman times, the clearest modern precedence of Mothers’ Day was celebrated by Christians in England, called Mothering Sunday. Annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent, children would bring gifts and flowers to honor their mothers. Children who stayed far away from their families were also encouraged to take some time off to bring gifts of appreciation for their mothers. A celebration that seemed born of noble and pure intentions, however, almost completely disappeared by the 19th century. By the end of World War 2 though, this custom was brought back by American servicemen, as well as merchants who looked upon this as a sales opportunity.
Capitalist or not, Mothers’ Day is definitely an opportunity for you to take some time off your life’s hustle to spend with this special woman who gave you life. There are possibly a thousand different ways you can spend this day with mom, so here are eight best movies to watch with your mom to wind down the day.
Director:John Lee Hancock
This movie captures the depths of a mother’s love – even to a child that may not be her own. Sandra Bullock plays Leigh Anne, a mother who willingly took in a troubled and lonely boy, Michael, into her home. Her family’s genuine care and love for him raises his confidence and transforms him from a socially awkward boy into a star football player on the field. While the family goes through some tough times, Michael realizes at the end of the day what a mother’s love and family means to him.
Director: Chris Columbus
Robin Williams plays Daniel, an eccentric voice actor specializing in dubbing voices for cartoon characters. Perceived by his wife as a poor disciplinarian and a bad role model for their three children, his wife files for a divorce and gains custody over the children. Distraught yet determined to stay in contact with his children, Daniel disguises himself as a nanny with the help of his make-up artist brother and gets hired by his ex-wife to care for his children. Through playing the nurturing and motherly role as British nanny Mrs Doubtfire, Daniel learns important parenting tips and builds strong bonds with his children. This is a great one for the whole family!
Director: Hugh Wilson
After finding out that her ex-husband had gotten married to his young mistress, Cynthia jumps to her death from her luxury penthouse. Reunited at her funeral and realising that they are all facing similar troubles with their husbands and their mistresses, Cynthia’s three best friends – Annie, Brenda, and Elise – decide to create the First Wives Club to take revenge on their exes. But what was born out of hatred and sorrow turns out to be a lesson on freedom and empowerment. The three women use their situations to compel their men to fund a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping abused women, in memory of their friend Cynthia. If you’re a Lesley Gore fan, don’t miss her hit You Don’t Own Me at the end of the show!
Director: John Madden
This is a great one to wind down the night with. A culturally charming story unfolds as a group of British retirees find a new home in India – at the Marigold Hotel that promises lush and luxury. But disappointment sets in when they arrive, upon discovering that what was set before their eyes did not match up to the pictures they saw in advertisements. As they stay on though, and explore the sights, sounds, and people in the community, each of them learns something new about themselves and continues on life’s never-ending journey of discovery; of joy, hope, loss, and sorrow. Watch this one to find out how the Marigold Hotel gloriously transforms from its former dilapidated self.
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Based on the Broadway musical of the same name, this is a classic one to revisit. What’s not to love when you have both ABBA and Meryl Streep in one movie? Meryl Streep plays Donna, a single mother whose daughter Sophie is about to get married. But there’s one problem – she doesn’t know who her father is. Earnestly yearning for her father to give her away at the altar, Sophie writes to three prospective candidates and invites them to her wedding, thinking that spending time with each of them would tell her who’s the man. What Sophie learns at the end of the day, regardless who her father is, her mother will always be there for her, and even walk her down the aisle.
Ending the list off with this all-time classic animation – a heartwarming tale that follows the story of the young fawn Bambi, born to the Great Prince and Princess of the Forest. Throughout the first year of his life, Bambi’s mother teaches him the ins and outs of living in the forest. Spending most of his time with his mother, he grows very attached to her, and between them exists a very special bond. That is until Bambi’s first winter, when we hear a gunshot and Bambi realizes his mother is dead. Although distraught and alone, that is when Bambi’s journey to adulthood begins. But in classic Disney fashion, Bambi’s mother appears to him in a dream to tell him everything will be alright, and that she will always remain in his heart.
And that’s how it is, isn’t it? Wherever we may go, our mothers will always remain in our hearts.
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