‘Tis the season to be jolly, to play in the snow, enjoy rarities like candy cane hot chocolate, and to spend time with our families (which usually leads to being forced to do things you don’t want to do). As a student, when I go home on any break, my mom wants to spend as much time with me as possible – so Christmas has become her ultimate chance to enforce a little family bonding. If your mom is anything like mine, she’ll like any movie involving horses or ranches, sexy dance moves, or any movie with a baby (bonus points if it has some sort of disability). A combination of these elements add up to Footloose with more revealing clothing, on a ranch to raise money for a paraplegic learning to ride, while featuring a mysterious tough-on-the-outside-marshmallow-center farm hand. To help you avoid some atrocious mom-picks throughout the Christmas season and the rest of the year, here is a list of top 5 movies you won’t regret watching with your mom.
5. Pretty Woman
Julia Roberts is a funny lady. She may not be a comedian, but she is undeniably a great actress and is all around fun to watch. Pass up your mom’s Maid in Manhattan pick, and push for a Julia Roberts movie like Pretty Woman. It’s not just a girl thing. They may not want to openly admit it, but there are boys who like this movie too. This movie follows your typical prostitute meets rich guy plot (Richard Gere) so it probably goes without saying that they fall in love in the end. This movie makes the cut because, while being the most girly movie on the list, your mom will be happy and Julia Roberts makes this movie bearable for just about anyone. Did I mention that by watching this you get to avoid watching Gigli, The Wedding Planner, or any other JLo movie most moms are drawn to?
4. Sister Act
Sister Act = the answer to every stupid dance movie your mom will ever want to watch. Forget about Save the Last Dance, Step-Up, and Center Stage; Whoopi Goldberg is the answer to your prayers. Who wants to watch a girl try to follow her dreams as a dancer when you can watch a movie about a Vegas show girl pretending to be a nun because she’s in the witness protection program? No, the movie isn’t trendy and, yes the old songs will probably get stuck in your head, but watch the look on your mom’s face as Sister Mary Clarence shakes dat ass in front of the pope and tell me you regret your decision to watch this.
3. Mighty Ducks
While Mighty Ducks might not be your mom’s first choice, this movies is a great compromise for a woman who enjoys movies like The Rookie or Coach Carter. With Mighty Ducks you get the whole package: Emilio Estevez; a group of cute, seemingly untalented kids in need of guidance; and a shaky relationship between Coach Bombay and Charlie’s mom. These three factors alone make Mighty Ducks a winner. Add the awe-inspiring quack-chant and you’ve got a must-see movie.
Whether you’ve seen Ghost or not, the image of a topless Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore being sexy together with pottery probably pops into your head anytime you hear The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” AKA the “oh my love” song. While you may be feeling a little skeptical at the thought of giving what seems to be a typical chick flick a chance, Ghost is a little different than your average mom movie. While it’s got it’s romantic bits, it’s largely a sort of murder mystery. The first time I watched this movie my mom said, “You’ll like this because it’s a little scary.” Truthfully, it’s not at, but it tries to be sometimes, and that’s part of what sets it apart. Although this movie might not be at the top of your must-see movie list, it’s a movie your mom will love and a movie anyone else can readily endure (and probably secretly enjoy).
1. Mrs. Doubtfire
There is no need to wait for your mom to watch this one because here is a movie everyone should have seen by now. I strongly believe that regardless of your age or gender, if you are a human, you will enjoy this movie. I’m not even sure what makes this movie so great; whether it’s the fact the Robin Williams can pull off playing an old woman so well; the cast which includes Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, a young Matthew Lawrence, and that girl who played Matilda; or the amazing soundtrack that put Mrs. Doubtfire at the top of the list. This is a movie that both you and your mom will enjoy, and that I’m also labeling the unsung hero of family movies.