Films To Watch With Your Mum This Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Films

If all mum wants to do this Mother’s Day is put her feet up, then a movie day with all her favourite goodies is the perfect gift to give this year.

Mother-children relationships have been popular film plotlines for decades now, from the hilarious (looking at you Mamma Mia!) to the ones that give all the warm and fuzzies (hello Forrest Gump).

So, pop the popcorn, get your comfy spot on the couch and stick one of these films on this Mother’s Day:

1. Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! follows the story of 20-year-old Sophie, who’s organising her wedding to long time love Sky on the Greek island of Kalokairi, where her mum Donna owns a villa. The bride to be is keen to have her father attend her upcoming nuptials but doesn’t know which of three men is her father so invites them all to the without Donna knowing. What follows is a tale of laughs, tears and lots of classic Abba tunes sung by the cast, including the fabulous Meryl Streep.

2. The Joy Luck Club

Based on the bestselling book by author Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club tells the story of four Chinese-American women and their relationships with their mothers. Their mums emigrated from China and meet regularly to play mahjong, and discuss their daughters’ lives, and their own histories, struggles, and journeys. Although they’re from different generations and different upbringings, after each family story is told (Jong, St. Clair, Hsu, Woo), your mind is opened to the wonder of family history and you might find yourself delving into your own after watching this ‘90s gem.

3. Forrest Gump

A magical story that will give you all the warm and fuzzies. Featuring the sweet-natured Forrest (easily one of the best characters in cinematic history) and the iconic line, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get’, this feel-good film will make you smile, laugh and cry.  

4. Freaky Friday

Can you imagine switching lives with your mum and experiencing the world as she sees it? Well, this ‘00s Disney movie starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis gives you a taste of what that could be like. The mother and daughter swap bodies thanks to a magical spell via a pair of fortune cookies. Curtis’ character Tess has to relive the ups and down of high school, teen crushes and mean girls, while Lohan’s teen character Anna learns to appreciate the men in her life more; including her little brother Harry and Tess’s love interest (later second husband) Ryan. 

5. Crazy Rich Asians

This hilarious romcom starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding was one of the best movies of 2018. It tells the story of Rachel, an economics professor in New York, and her romance with Nick Young. As their relationship is moving into a more serious phase, Nick invites her to his native Singapore for a wedding where she will meet his family for the first time. He hasn’t told her much about his family and she didn’t think of Googling them but once she arrives, she quickly discovers that his family are extremely wealthy and well-known and worries his high-society family, particularly his mother Eleanor, will not accept her.

6. The Big Sick

The story follows Pakistani Uber driver/aspiring comedian Kumail whose parents frequently try to set him up with young Pakistani women, expecting him to follow their example of an arranged marriage; he is uninterested but tolerates his parents demands. He meets white grad student Emily after one of his stand-up gigs, and their one-night stand soon develops into a relationship – something he needs to hide from his parents.

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