There’s Motherhood, and then there’s Otherhood. Kicking off this list is a movie that starts with three long-time friends and mothers who feel marginalised and forgotten when their three grown up sons forget to call or wish them for Mother’s Day. Taking matters into their own hands, Carol (Angela Bassett), Gillian (Patricia Arquette) and Helen (Felicity Huffman) decide to drive to New York to reconnect with their adult sons, and what ensues is a hilarious journey in which the mothers bemoan the fact that their sons are not children anymore, come to grips with the reality of their sons love lives and habits, and realise that their sons are not the only ones whose lives need to change.
Hi, Bye Mama! isn’t a movie. We can help but to put this series in the list. In this tear-jerking series, the ghost of a woman gains a second chance at life for 49 days and reappears in front of her remarried husband and young daughter whom she had left behind. Through a series of twists, Yu-ri shows that a mother’s love is relentless as she picks up all sorts of jobs to be close to her daughter, such as becoming a kitchen assistant. Ask any mum and they will tell you that being a mother comes with learning and teaching many life long lessons and here, Yu-ri learns and teaches her loved ones the art of letting go. This heart-wrenching series will surely make you appreciate having your mama around.
There is really nothing that can compare to a mother’s love. While Khabhi Kushi Khabie Gham revolves around family, it is apparent that it’s mothers who glue the family together. Whether it’s Nandhini or Anjali, both mothers are committed to their children. They are there to support them, comfort them, instill values, as well as tell them off when they’re being rude in true asian parent style. It’s also no secret that we can rarely surprise our mother’s due to their gut instinct (which should really be classified as a superpower) and Nandini’s mom-instincts are dead on in this film, much like our own mother’s almost all the time.
This one goes out to all the women around the world who might not be our biological mothers but love us with a pure maternal love. Many of us are blessed to have these women, who sometimes might be an aunt, a family friend or someone you met along the way who has taken you under her wing and showers you with the same amount of love and affection, and will protect you just as fiercely as a biological mother.
Julie & Julia is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nora Ephron starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina. The film contrasts the life of chef Julia Child in the early years of her culinary career with the life of young New Yorker Julie Powell, who aspires to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s cookbook in 365 days, a challenge she described on her popular blog that made her a published author.
A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the super bowl for moms: christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.
Four moms whose only common ground is their kids’ preschool class, decide to get together for a harmless “fun mom dinner.” The night begins as a disaster, but the combination of alcohol, karaoke, and a cute bartender, leads to an unforgettable night where these seemingly different women realize they have more in common than motherhood and men.
Ben (Paul Rudd) is a retired writer, actually suffering from writer’s block due to personal trauma. Needing a new job, he takes a six-week course to become a caregiver. He gets a job from an English woman named Elsa, a registered caregiver and an office manager at a bank, whose 18-year-old son Trevor (Craig Roberts) suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Trevor is a sarcastic, sardonic, anxious and sexually frustrated teenager fascinated with American roadside attractions, and Ben suggests that they visit several. Trevor initially refuses, and Elsa worries Ben is becoming too close to him. Trevor’s father left when he was diagnosed at age 3, only sending him letters throughout the years. Ben is hounded by a court tracker hired by his wife to serve him, and avoids his visits.