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Neal P. Corpus

Posted on May 17, 2021

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Films to watch and bond with your mom over the month of May.

Mother’s Day may be over, but the celebration continues — it’s only what our moms deserve. Whether or not you’re living with your mom during this lockdown, there are still a lot of ways you can spend with her beyond the second Sunday of May.

One of these great ways is to bond over a movie. And since the powers of technology have introduced the wonders of screen sharing and synced playback, we’ve come up with a list of movies that show motherhood in different forms, all that you can enjoy with your beloved mama.

Mamma Mia! The Movie (2008)

Mamma Mia! The Movie (2008)

You’ve probably already seen this before, but it’s always worth the rewatch. It’s got everything: a mother-daughter storyline, Mediterranean views, and an ABBA soundtrack. Plus, its all-star line-up includes Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfried, and of course, mom magnet Pierce Brosnan. What more could you ask for?

Stepmom (1998)

Stepmom (1998)

This movie is about the tension that arises when a woman, played by Susan Sarandon, is introduced to the fiancee of her ex-husband, played by Julia Roberts and Ed Harris, respectively. When Susan’s character is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it becomes a touching story about acceptance, love, and of course, family.

Mamu: And A Mother Too (2018)

Mamu: And A Mother Too (2018)

Mamu, a transgender sex worker, has her world turned upside-down when her sister dies and has to assume care of her niece, a trans teenager discovering her sexuality. Directed by Rod Singh, Mamu is an uplifting story of discovering motherhood and coming of age in the trans community.

Brave (2012)

Brave (2012)

This Pixar animated film is a coming-of-age story about defying expectations and customs, but is also about the bravery and lengths we take for our mothers — in this case, saving her from a curse that’s turned her into a bear.

Juno (2007)

Juno (2007)

After considering an abortion for an unplanned pregnancy, the titular character Juno (played by Elliot Page) decides to look for an adoptive family for her baby instead. Written by Diablo Cody, Juno is a story about the different paths to motherhood, and becoming one on your own terms.

After your movie marathon, why not a dance party? Check out our Mother's Day Disco playlist here.

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