The classic 1915 song Mother starts off: “M is for Many things she gave me, O means only she’s growing Old. T is for the Tears she shed to save me, H is for her Heart of purest gold. E is for her Eyes with love light shining, R means Right and right she’ll always be. Put them all together they M-O-T-H-E-R; a word the means the world to me.”
Barring the fact that you were born in a test tube, everyone reading this article has a mother and in some cases, is a mother (if your name is Shaft, then you’re a bad mother–). Mothers are the glue holding our lives together; they are the reason we all had clean clothes, hot food and soft bed to sleep in. Yes, we should all love, honor and cherish our mothers and what is the best way to do that? Why sitting down with her and watching a movie that you and her can enjoy together, of course.
So in honor of Mother’s Day, Screen Rant has compiled a list 6 films that every geek can watch his/her mother and have a great time together. These aren’t just any films for any mother either. You won’t find Fried Green Tomatoes or Waiting to Exhale on this list. These are films that have many different types of moms doing all sorts of different things. So, fire up your NetFlix account and start filling out your queue because here we go.
My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988)
A great sci-fi comedy with Saturday Night Live legends Dan Aykroyd, Jon Lovitz and the ever so attractive Kim Basinger. This is a movie that all moms are sure to enjoy. Be prepared to either fast forward or walk out of the room for the more, um… sexual parts of the film. The only thing more awkward than watching a scene of a sexual type nature with your mother, is watching a commercial about feminine hygiene products, and I’m not talking about the iPad.
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)
What could be better than watching a short old lady treating her grown up police officer son as if he still lives at the house with her? Estelle Getty holding a .44 Magnum going all “Dirty Harry” on a bad guy, that’s what is better. The late Golden Girl hams it up as the mother doting on the muscle bound Sylvester Stallone playing her hot shot detective son. You should both enjoy this film although your mom might have aspirations for you to be a police officer afterward.
Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
Okay, so maybe a movie about a man talking his friend into helping plot to get rid of his mother during a train ride to collect the life insurance payout isn’t the absolute perfect theme for a Mother’s Day movie. It does however, happen to one of the funnier films to come out starring Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal and the late Anne Ramsey. Ramsey is brilliant as the overbearing and mostly obnoxious mother who seems clueless that her rough and gruff ways has her son conspiring for her demise. Of course, you would never want to throw your momma off of anything (I hope).
Mr. Mom (1983)
With a story that seems like something closer to our current economic times, Mr. Mom stars Michael Keaton as a father who loses his job and decides to become a stay at home father while his wife, played by Teri Garr, continues to work. Sounds like a good plan except for the fact that Keaton has never taken care of the kids and household responsibilities before. Your mom is sure to love Keaton, and Garr is easy on the eyes. Let the hilarity begin!
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Mrs. Doubtfire is another movie where the man becomes the woman to ensure that comedy hi-jinks occur. Robin Williams plays a father who is so intent on spending time with his 3 kids after a bitter divorce that he transforms himself into an old English woman to get the job of their nanny. The movie has many great, funny and memorable scenes including my favorite with Williams face covered in meringue saying “Hellllo!” It’s a proven fact that all moms love Robin Williams and this movie is no exception.
Technically this is a movie about a male scientist becoming pregnant and not a woman but because he gives birth, I think that still qualifies him as a mom. Granted the gender bending mother in question is played by Arnold Schwarzenegger which makes him a thick neck mom but regardless, the movie is still funny if only when watching with your own mother. The beauty of watching Junior though, is that your father can join in on the festivities as well and make it a family affair.
So those are our Mother’s Day movie suggestions for geeks to watch with their beloved moms. It’s not a perfect list (and not a top 6 list by any means) but it’s a solid list of films that most people have probably forgotten about. Speaking of forgetting, I need to go get a card and some flowers before my own mother comes over for lunch. I think we’ll watch Junior.
What movie are you going to watch with your mom on Mother’s Day?
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