By Christian Jay B. Quilo
GRAB a bowl of popcorn, have a seat and spend some quality movie time with mom and the rest of the family. Whether it’s a good cry or a good laugh you’re after, check out these movies that tackle different experiences of motherhood.
This Academy-award nominated coming-of-age film stars Laurie Metcalf and Saoirse Ronan as a mother and daughter with a dysfunctional relationship, the former dealing with family troubles while the latter faces problems of her own as a senior in high school.
In this Disney classic, Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan play a mother and daughter who, after a visit to a Chinese restaurant, wake up the next day to realize they switched bodies. Until they find a way to undo this, they assume each other’s lives.
Hoping to provide a better life for her family, a single mom played by Vilma Santos works as a nanny in Hong Kong, much to the dismay of her kids who feel abandoned. As she returns home, she tries to repair her relationship with her kids.
The Kids Are All Right
Conceived through a sperm donor, the teenage kids of a lesbian couple played by Julianne Moore and Annette Bening get in touch with their sperm donor father played by Mark Ruffalo.
Three overly exhausted, stressed out moms form a bond and decide to ditch the household responsibilities for a while and live a little more. Let’s just say things get a little crazy.
Based on the real-life stories of OFWs, the film stars Sharon Cuneta as an elementary teacher who quits her job to go to the UK to reunite with her husband and work as a caregiver. Soon enough, she faces challenges at work as well as problems with her husband.
This musical romantic-comedy is about bride-to-be Sophie played by Amanda Seyfried who dreams of being given away by her father on her big day – but here’s the catch: she doesn’t know who her father is. Unknown to her mother, she invites three men, one of which might be potentially her father.
Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler reunite in this hilarious family comedy about a single mother of two boys and a single father of three girls who, due to unforeseen circumstances, have to spend a holiday together in Africa.
This psychological-horror film top-billed by Jennifer Lawrence follows the story of a couple whose peaceful way of life in a secluded farmhouse is suddenly disturbed when they welcome an older couple into their home. There’s a lot of symbolism in this one so expect a post-viewing discussion and Googling with mom.
In My Life
In another film starring Vilma Santos, she plays a mom who follows her son to New York and there, she not only has to come to terms with her son’s sexuality but also get along with his boyfriend.