Lady Bird (2017): Mother’s Day

Lady Bird

This film follows the turbulent relationship between a strong willed girl and her equally stubborn mother in 2002. Christine, who goes by Lady Bird, is navigating her way through her senior year and dreaming of going to college on the east coast. She doesn’t quite have the grades, or money, but she is determined to get out of Sacramento somehow. Her mother is opinionated and thinks Christine’s life choices are always the wrong ones, a misguided attempt at parenting. I strongly related to this movie because I was the “getting out of this town, I know everything” kind of teen and my mom was just doing the best she was to guide me, even though sometimes she hurt more than helped. I think this movie will resonate with a lot of mothers and daughters as it shows how the resentment eases and relationships improve as daughters age. I think this is a great watch for Mother’s Day movie marathon.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 10 moms

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Freaky Friday (2003): Mother’s Day

Freaky Friday

So I think there’s a very specific generation that will like this for Mother’s Day, but it’s honestly a really great family film in general. It’s a remake of the 1970’s film and it’s definitely better in my opinion. It follows a mother and daughter who don’t see eye to eye, Jaime Lee Curtis plays a straight laced author and Lindsay Lohan is her rebellious punk rock daughter. They switch bodies and begin to be able to empathize with each other. It’s cheesy and probably a little dated, but I absolutely love it and think it’s perfect for a relaxing movie day with mom. Definitely check it out.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 8 moms

Mermaids (1990): Mother’s Day

Mermaids

This is one of my favorite movies of all time, this movie features Cher and Winona Ryder as Rachel and Charlotte, a mother and daughter whose lifestyles clash. Rachel goes through flings with men and when it doesn’t work out she relocates the family to a new state. Charlotte resents her mother and wants to be a nun. Meanwhile her little sister Kate, played by a young Christina Ricci, is obsessed with swimming and all things aquatic. The movie follows Charlotte’s adolescent struggles as well as Rachel’s relationship woes, and is a great display of a family’s love despite their struggles and differences. I think this is a great mother-daughter movie and I recommend watching it with your mom if you want to laugh and cry.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 9 moms

Mother’s Day (2016): Mother’s Day

Mother's Day

This movie is really shitty. It’s in the same vein of Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, all Garry Marshall holiday films with an ensemble cast that is too convoluted for its own good. I guarantee you if you asked the actors their characters names in like a year they wouldn’t be able to tell you. It’s substance-less and and you could probably watch it and then forget you ever saw it, but if you’re looking for a cutesy rom-com to watch with your mom, it will definitely do the trick. I would recommend checking it out if you need something light to enjoy on the holiday.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 10 moms

Thirteen (2003): Mother’s Day

Thirteen

So this is one of my favorite movies and it’s interesting how it’s aged with me. I first saw it when I was about 15 and I thought the girls in it were so cool and badass. Now I work with troubled kids and I’m like “ladies, you are children, get back in school”. Anyway, this movie follows a thirteen year old girl, Tracy, who falls in with the wrong crowd and begins to get deep into the world of sex, drugs, and alcohol. It also follows her working class mother who is doing everything in her power to save her daughter and get her away from the negative influences. This movie is very heartwrenching because it was written by one of the stars, Nikki Reed, who was only 15 at the time and based in on personal experiences. It shows a mother doing anything she can think of the help her daughter and turn their lives around. It’s sad, but contains some wonderful mother-daughter moments and shows the deepness of a dedicated parent’s love. I definitely recommend checking it out.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 8 moms

Juno (2007): Mother’s Day

Juno

This movie celebrates a different kind of mother, and one that is equally important as others: the mother who puts her baby up for adoption to provide a better life for her child. This movie follows a teenager who gets pregnant and decides to put her baby up for adoption. She begins to search for a good adoptive family for her child and meets one who she thinks is perfect. The film follows her pregnancy and her emotions surrounding it. It is a great coming of age comedy that was met with critical acclaim. This is a great film for an often overlooked type of mother. Teen moms and mothers who put their children up for adoption to better their lives are usually under-appreciated and not represented in films. Check this film out as a nice change from the typical mother daughter relationship movies.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 7 moms

Laguna Beach: Spring Break

“Cabo, Cabo, Cabo” Season 2, Episode 9

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Once again, we follow the California teens as they hit Cabo for spring break, and once again I wonder how on earth they had such extravagant spring breaks while still in high school. This episode has more drama than the previous spring break episode, with Jessica and Alex fighting over Jason, which peaks during a fight at a nightclub. 90% of the episode is either Alex or Jessica talking about the other and the rest of the episode is pretty much shots of everyone dancing and drinking. As I’ve said in previous reviews of this show, I don’t really think it’s worth watching if you didn’t watch it back in 2004 because it’s so ridiculously dumb, but if you were a fan of it the nostalgia factor will keep you entertained and dreaming of Cabo Cabo Cabo.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Amazon Video available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 6 bikini tops