10 Netflix titles to watch with mum this Mothers’ Day
Everyone knows that nothing says ‘I love you’ better than a Netflix night in. So in case you’re one of those disorganised types who hasn’t got anything for mum yet this Mothers’ Day, show her you really do care by sitting down with one of these perfectly selected titles that any mum will love! Whether you and your Ma like a laugh, a shock, or a good ol’ cry, we’ve got your evening’s viewing covered this Mothering Sunday. You’re welcome!
Still Alice (2014)
If you and your mum love watching a bit of a weepy together, we’re laying it out there that you’ll be blown away by Still Alice, which stars Julianne Moore in an Oscar-winning role as a linguistics professor and mother of three who fights to maintain her sense of self after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
The Guilt Trip (2012)
Next for something a little lighter! Granted, not every Seth Rogen film is appropriate for watching with mum, but this mother and son road comedy keeps clear of the crude, and the result is surprisingly touching. Rogen plays an unsuccessful travelling salesman who invites his overbearing mother (Barbra Streisand) on a cross-country trip to reunite her with a lost love from her younger years.
The Big Wedding (2013)
It just isn’t Mothers’ Day without a bit of Diane Keaton / Katherine Heigl appreciation. This star studded American remake of the 2006 Swiss/French film Mon frère se marie sees Keaton and Robert de Niro as long-divorced parents of three who are forced to play the happy couple when their adopted son’s conservative biological mother unexpectedly flies in for his wedding. Obviously some awkward hilarity ensues!
Theresa Is A Mother (2012)
If your mum’s a bit of an indie fan, treat her to this festival favourite comedy drama about a financially struggling single mother who’s forced to give up her music career in New York City and move back to her parents’ home with her three kids. Written and directed by husband-and-wife duo Darren Press and C. Fraser Press (who plays Theresa), and also starring their real life children, this one’s a real family affair!
Anywhere But Here (1999)
Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman play an unforgettable mother-daughter duo in this oldie but a goodie. When the two women leave behind their lives in Wisconsin and move to California, irresponsible and impulsive mother Adele pushes her straight-laced daughter Ann to become an actress, but Ann isn’t having any of it, and just wants to focus on her studies.
Helen Hunt wrote, directed and starred in this surfy comedy drama, so it should come as no surprise that she gets to make out with Luke Wilson in it. Who wouldn’t? Anyway, Hunt plays a magazine editor who decides in the spur of the moment to follow her college-dropout son (Brenton Thwaites) to the beaches of Los Angeles.
Big Momma’s House (2000)
If your mum’s anything like mine, she’ll love this momma of all comedies, in which Martin Lawrence is a tough FBI agent who must take on the most challenging task of his life; to adopt the role of a Southern grandma. In order to protect a mother and her son from a robber, Lawrence must do everything from cooking soul food to delivering babies to testifying at the local church – all whilst pretending to be Big Momma.
Serial Mom (1994)
If your mum has a wicked sense of humour, treat her to this critically acclaimed black comedy starring Kathleen Turner as a seemingly perfect suburban wife and mother from Baltimore, who gains celebrity status as a serial killer. Featuring some very mother-friendly cameos from Suzanne Somers, Joan Rivers, and Brigid Berlin.
Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club (2014)
When their children face expulsion from school, a diverse group of struggling single mothers comes together to organise the school’s upcoming dance and fundraiser. Finding out they have more in common than they thought, the women form the Single Moms Club, to help ease one another’s burdens and reclaim their freedom in this sassy, feel-great comedy.