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Five Offbeat Films for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the most important woman in your life than watching a few films? While there are plenty of movies in the sentimental vein, if you’re looking for something different, consider these films to celebrate the unconventional mom.

Serial Mom
Even if your mom was a stickler for manners, hopefully she never took them this far. John Water’s campy Serial Mom pokes fun at suburban normalcy and the media’s obsession with criminals. Beverley Sutphin (Kathleen Turner) is a homemaker who kills anyone who commits a faux pas, such as forgetting to rewind videotape or for wearing white after Labor Day. This over-the-top comedy also stars Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake and Matthew Lillard.

Serial Mom (1994)

While Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) isn’t a mother per se, she definitely forms a matronly bond with Newt, and of course, there is the Alien queen. Watch these two women duke it out for the survival of their species in James Cameron’s classic horror-action movie, perfect for a mom who loves sci-fi. Also stars Carrie Henn and Michael Biehn.

Aliens (1986)

Sordid Lives
This “black comedy about white trash” features Delta Burke as Noleta Nethercott, a mother and daughter in a small Texas town. This movie is set on the day of Noleta’s mother’s funeral, and with her problems dealing with the sordid details of her mother’s death and her son’s sexuality. This movie is great fun, especially for those who are familiar with the south’s social mores. Also stars Olivia Newton-John and Beau Bridges.

Sordid Lives (2000)

Mommie Dearest
This cult classic will make you thankful for your own mother. Faye Dunaway stars as the Hollywood legend Joan Crawford in this tale of her abusive relationship with her adopted daughter Christina. The melodramatic acting and ridiculous situations make this movie more laughable than sad, and it will make you cringe any time you find a wire hanger in your closet. Also stars Diana Scarwid.

Mommie Dearest (1981)

All About My Mother
This film, dedicated “To all actresses who have played actresses. To all women who act. To men who act and become women. To all the people who want to be mothers. To my mother,” covers a wide range of topics in its 101 minutes: motherhood, grief, loss, love, faith, and alternative lifestyles. Nurse Manuela (Cecilia Roth) loses her son to a car accident and then quits her job to move to Barcelona. She befriends a pregnant nun, Rosa, and helps her cope with both her pregnancy and diagnosis with HIV. This masterwork by Pedro Almodóvar explores all types of motherhood and also stars Penélope Cruz and Marisa Paredes.

All About My Mother (1999)

Now, for your enjoyment, a mashup of Mommie Dearest and ABBA’s “Mamma Mia.”

By Theo Estes 5/5/11

This article was first published on Examiner.com.


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