The Oren Loni Perspective on Movies
While I wasn’t impressed with the movie Snatched, it did get me thinking about the number of movies that have been made over the years that explore the relationships mothers and daughters share.
4 Great Mother-daughter Movies and One That’s Iconic
Some of these movies are lots of fun, some are serious and tug at you heart strings, others are simply good dramas that explore a specific aspect of the mother/daughter dynamic.
Hands down, The Monster is my absolute favorite mother-daughter movie. Most are just a little to touchy feely for my taste, but mixing the mother-daughter concept into a horror movie is pure gold. Sure, like all horror movie, it’s a bit cheesy, but the relationship between Lizzie, played by Ella Ballentine, helps add some depth to an otherwise tired film
Like all the best horror movies, The Monster is a low budget delight.
Terms of Endearment
In 1983 when Terms of Endearment debuted in movie theaters, fans went specifically to watch a Jack Nicholson film. While Nicholson was good in his role, the heart of the story revolves around the mother-daughter pair played by Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger. The film spans a 30-year timeline that explores the highs and lows of the mother-daughter relationship. The bulk of the movie manages to be both fun and touching. My only problem with it is the ending which considering how full of love the first chunk of the movie is, seems particularly tragic and brutal.
My girlfriend loves this movie and watches it at least once every six months. She gets around the rough ending by stopping the dvd early.
Okay, strictly speaking, Wonder Woman isn’t a mother-daughter movie but actually an origins movie, but since I A) love the movie and B) believe that had it not been for Diane’s relationship with both her mother, Hippolyta, and her Aunt Antiope who served as a mother figure, Wonder Woman would never have left the island and fought with the Allie’s during WWII. Every decision Diane Prince made was influenced by these two women which in my mind, makes this one of the best mother-daughter movies ever made.
Without the mother-daughter angle at the beginning of the film, I don’t think Wonder Woman would have resonated as well as it did with fans.
I wasn’t crazy about Steel Magnolias the first time I watched it, but when I caught it a few months later while flipping channel surfing, the story line pulled me in. After watching it a second time, I truly appreciated what the writers pulled off. The combination of a fun, relateable, and touching script and a powerhouse cast that include Julie Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, and Dolly Parton make this one of the greatest mother-daughter movies ever filmed.
I went back and forth as to whether or not I should include Freaky Friday on this list. The truth of the matter is that I’m not really a fan of this particular movie, not the original and not the remake that featured Lindsay Lohan. However, there’s no denying that the movie did do an interesting job of exploring both how different and how alike mothers and daughters are from one another and drove home the idea that sometimes the only way you can really understand someone is to walk a mile in their shoes
In my opinion, Joss Whedon did the best job with this concept in Buffy the Vampire Slayer when he body switched two very different slayers and explored how each reacted. While that particular body switch didn’t flop a mother and daughter, Buffy’s mother, Joyce, was an important fixture in the episode.
What are your thoughts on mother-daughter films? If you think they’re great, which are your favorites?