Mother’s Day 2016 is looming and with it comes all the hype about “How Best to Treat Your Mother.” After all mothers have treated you the best haven’t they? You could treat your mum to a weekend away, take her out for a lovely meal or even surprise her something a little more special such as a canvas print from Photobox. To celebrate this special day Buzz Mag has decided to take a long look at Movies/TV Shows you could watch with mum. Just be glad you haven’t got some of these mothers?
1. The Goonies. (1985)
Hats off to Anne Ramsay who plays Mama Fratelli, mother to Sloth, Jake and Francis. Sure, she’s a rough diamond, but she does care about Jake and Francis (and Sloth), urging them on to achieve the better things in life (like diamonds, jewels and “neat stuff”.) Without her they would still be fighting under that derelict house. Who else could have driven the get away car with such skill? Those bozos would have been caught with their fingers burned, in the first five minutes of the movie. In fact without Mama Fratelli, there would have been no “Goonies.”
2 Home Alone (1990)
My vote goes to Catherine O’Hara playing Kevin’s mum Heather McAllistair. With all those kids, including the bratty Kevin, she does her best in a difficult situation. Haven’t we all faced a crisis moment in airports? It’s her sheer determination that creates one of the more enjoyable moments in the film when she is stuck with John Candy (Gus Polinski) and his Polka Band in trying to get back home. Mother’s can identify with this sort of determination.
3 Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
I am sure that they dragged Robin Williams “Granny” character out of the imagination of so many people. Would we all want a Grandma like this? That soft lilting Irish accent, the well padded, cuddly, security “blankie” type grandma.
4 The Addams Family TV Series (1964)
Mortica Addams portrayed by Carolyn Jones had many a 60’s teen wishing he too could be part of the Addams family. Cool headed to hot headed Gomez, unflappable in a crisis, able to deal with small children (Wednesday and Pugsley) and ’looney’ Uncle Fester, plus that classic cool unfazed expression and a belief in humanity that really wasn’t deserved.
5 The Munsters (1964)
Come on, haven’t you been Herman Munster?” This 60’s comic TV classic, was a cooky copy of The Addams Family, and you just had to love them. Lily Minster (Yvonne De Carlo) presided over Herman an accident prone Frankenstein look-a-like, Grandpa Dracula, and kids Eddie (Wolfman) and Marilyn (the unfortunate good-looking blonde). Lily and the Munster clan were incredibly middle class normal people whose suburban lifestyle was constantly interrupted by a wild assortment of ‘weirdos.’ Lily was unflappable as Herman and Grandpa lurched from one catastrophe to the next.
6 Forest Gump (1994)
Sally Field played “Mrs Gump,” whose death scene brought a “choking feeling” to the old heart strings. You get the feeling that Forrest would not have amounted to anything without the love and devotion that “Mrs Gump” brought to the upbringing of Forrest in his life prior to the storyline. Not a major role, but if you think about, Forrest Gump as a movie would not have been made without her pivotal role in raising young Gump to the movie.
7 Miracle of 34th Street (1947)
Maureen O’Hara as Doris Walker features with a young Natalie Wood (Susan Walker) in this 1947 Christmas Classic. That’s right Christmas and Mothers seem to be a nice combination in this classic comedy about a man who believes he is Santa Claus. Maureen O’Hara is the mother with the disbelieving little girl, whois actually won over to the idea, a new beau in her life and changed little girl who eblieves (rightly so) in Santa Claus. She could have called the cops, got Santa thrown in jail and kicked out the beau Fred, but she didn’t, so she makes my list of worthwhile screen mothers
8 Cheaper By The Dozen (1950)
This 1950 feature about a family with a dozen children and an eccentric father was made into a modern awful remake we won’t mention. But have a look at this classic for a mother who held it together and raised 12 children and overcame tragedy to make a life for herself. Inspirational stuff, plus I like Clifton Webb and I like Myrna Loy more.
9. Gypsy (1964)
Rose Hovick is the mum behind Stripper Gyspy Rose Lee in this 1962 version of the Broadway musicl. You feel the need to burst out in song with “Let Me Entertain You” or just a switch from the dramatic nature of too many mother movies. Of course Natalie Wood my favourite 60’s female lead plays the role of Stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and Rosalind Russell her dominating mother. Just for comparison but more of a sub-catergory in a more comic performance check out “Bye Bye Birdie” and the role of Dick Van Dyke As Albert and his mother Mamma Mae Peterson. Both mothers are sadly all too real.
10 Game of Thrones (2014)
Take your pick, which mother is the one least likely to get a rose on Mother’s Day? I think I will go forDaenerys Targaryven as she has the title of “Mother of Dragons,” and has potentially the chance of being a gamer change and aren’t most mothers game changers? Would you cross your mother?