Mother’s Day: Five Mother Related Movies


Stepmom

I knew mother day was different depending on the country; in Italy we celebrate it the second Sunday in the month of May. Researching to know when to publish this article, I realized that many other countries celebrate mother day the second Sunday in the month of May, so you might be reading this at the right time, for those of you who aren’t, I decided to follow the second Sunday in the month of May.

Before I start listing the movies there is one thing I noticed while researching the movies. Of course after going through my DVD collection, I went and searched at the widely used movie data base: IMDB, only to notice one thing; movie in 1998 have black and white still images.

Now, I was born in 1988 and I’m pretty sure that when I watched those movies in 1998, they were colored. The new generation might think that in 1998 we had black and white movies, well we didn’t. 1998 yes is technologically old, but still we had colored TV!

Stepmom

Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris

The 1998 drama movie starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris, is probably Roberts and Sarandon most touching movie about mothers.

A terminally-ill mother has to settle on the new woman in her ex-husband’s life, who will be their new stepmother. Roberts totally changes the vision we had about stepmothers; evil, cruel and hating children as always portrayed in cartoons such as Cinderella.

But Stepmom shows another side of stepmothers; the side where they are truly caring, loving and do their best they can, to fit in and be loved by the husbands children.

The movie will touch the motherly and daughterly strings of your heart.

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Director: Callie Khouri
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn and Fionnula Flanagan

One of the most funny movies that show the relation between mother and daugher. With Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn and Fionnula Flanagan, the movie tells the story of years of mother-daughter tension, Siddalee receives a scrapbook detailing the wild adventures of the “Ya-Yas”, her mother’s girlhood friends.

This book will fix these tensions that have been tearing the two women apart, and also tell us the adventures of the now aged sisterhood and the problems they faced while trying to live their lives at the best they could.

The movie. despite the mother – daughter tension, is a fun and enjoyable movie that also teaches a moral lesson that will never age.

Erin Brockovich

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Stars: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney and David Brisbin

Julia Roberts again plays a mother, but this time she is a determined woman, that not only wants to help people, but also has to deal with her children.

An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply.

Based on a true story, the movie shows how a woman can deal with a job, a job that takes most of her time and also be a good mother fighting for a cause that won’t only help her children, but also children of many other families that now suffer, and make the lives of the ones to ocme better.

The movie is based on true events, meaning this is a movie that will show you the courage of a mother that lived through all these events for real.

Hope Floats

Director: Forest Whitaker
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr. and Gena Rowlands

Sandra Bullock again plays the mother in Hope floats the 1998 movie that tells the story of a woman who comes back to her home town in Smithville, Texas, with her daughter after a painful divorce and has to deal with the people in her town.

Also starring Harry Connick Jr. and Gena Rowlands the movie is quite touching; we have once again a mother that has to deal with her child, Bernice so attached to her uncaring father, that almost disregards her mother.

Bullock, Birdee Pruitt, also has to deal with a new growing love, that her daughter at first does not accept, and in order to make her child happy, she pushes Justin Matisse away as much as she can.

Nine Month

Director: Chris Columbus

Stars: Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore and Tom Arnold

The motherhood starts the day a woman knows she is pregnant. Usually, men like to leave things as they are, so when Rebecca tells Samuel that they will be three instead of two, his life is has a drastic change.

Samuels life is perfect. That is, until he finds out his girlfriend is pregnant. Now he must face the issues that come with being an expecting father, in a most entertaining way.

Hugh Grant knows how to make us laugh, and in Nine Months he has proved it. Not only we experience his dilemmas and confusing on what to do know that he will be father, but we also experience in a funny way.

Julienne Moore, is Julienne Moore, high performance though the script isn’t really in her favor. Also in the cast is Robin Williams who I have to admit saves the movie more than once.
Of course there are many other movies out there related to motherhood, those above are only a few. What is your favorite?

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