A Mother deserves to be treated to something special on Mother’s Day. It should be her choice to do what she wants to do. One of the things that any mother would love is to spend some quality time with her family. She wants to be pampered and taken care of for a change so watch a good show together, go to the theater, rent a feel good movie, buy one or just watch an old favorite on the movie channel. It is usually a rare treat for any mom to just sit uninterrupted. These are some of my favorites.
My #1: Freaky Friday
2003, rated PG, Freaky Friday stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan, this movie is hilarious and tells the story of a high strung Mom and her punky daughter who switch places and become aware of what the other one goes through on a daily basis. Their relationship takes on a new course and the mishap brings them to level of compassion and understanding.
My #2: Mamma Mia
2008, rated PG-13, Mamma Mia stars Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried. This too is a fun movie about a rebellious, independent, protective, good Mom who only wants the best for her spirited daughter who wants to know who her real father is. This Musical captivated me and I found myself jumping out of my seat more than once to try and dance and sing along. I love a good musical and I loved Abba music when I was younger. Meryl Streep is the best in my book.
My # 3: Because I Said So
2006, rated PG-13, Because I Said So. Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore team up as mother and daughter in this twist of fate. As a meddling Mom tries to fix up her youngest daughter with Mr. Right on the internet. The daughter feels she doesn’t need any help. My daughter suggested I watch this so she watched it again with me. I absolutely love Diane Keaton.
My # 4: RV
2006, rated PG. RV‘s Robin Williams and Cheryl Hines team up as parents who only want to go on vacation. Mom of course having the notion that this year Hawaii sounded nice, but Dad has other plans. As chaos and mishaps take control and leave you laughing out loud the family draws closer together and decide that the RV is pretty cool.
My # 5: Little Miss Sunshine
2006, rated R, Little Miss Sunshine stars Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette who are parents that always want what their kids strive to achieve. At first the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest seemed a little farfetched but as the family embarks on an adventurous trip to the contest it proves to be a test of strength and courage.
My # 6: Mad Money
2008, rated PG-13, Mad Money stars Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah. A posh housewife suddenly is thrust into the working class and starts a new job at a bank. The money is so tempting that her group of new friends decides to rob the place. Inspired by actual events this comedy doesn’t make taking money that is within your reach an easy task.
My # 7: The Game Plan
2007, rated PG, The Game Plan stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a fun loving bachelor, Football superstar who becomes a father to his long lost 7 year old daughter that he didn’t know about. His daughter needs him to be the father she’s never had and this fun adventure proves to be a family bonding experience that leaves you wanting more.
My # 8: Pacifier
2005, rated PG, Pacifier stars Vin Diesel, one of my all time favorites. He’s a tough Military Navy Seal who takes a job guarding a family with 4 kids. He manages to be the over protective body guard, that I would love to have, but irritates the children and cramps their style, as he befriends them they end up liking the skills he possess to keep them safe.
My # 9: Imagine That
2009, rated PG, Imagine That stars Eddie Murphy and Yara Shabhidi. Murphy plays a busy executive who needs help with his failing career and finds it in his over imaginative daughter. He uses her to gain insights to make his job easier.
My # 10: Juno
2007, rated PG-13, Juno stars Ellen Page and Michael Cera. While this might not be a comedy it certainly makes up for it in creativity. To me this movie shows a profound statement of what a teenage pregnant girl goes through. Juno makes the wise decision to have the baby adopted by a loving married couple. I love Juno’s Mother who offers sound advice and encourages Juno to be herself and make good choices. When Juno tells her parents that she is Pregnant they assume the bad news is a whole lot different than what Juno tells them. They try really hard to be supportive.