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Must-Watch Movies for Single-Parent Families

More often than not, single moms and dads are their own one-person village. Hollywood seems to see this as a pretty gripping plot point, since there are plenty of must-watch movies out there for single-parent families. Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club is positioned as the next must-see for parents, and follows a group of (you guessed it) single moms from different walks of life. As a well-deserved nod to the moms and dads that go it alone, a look at some other great single-parent movies.

 

Chocolat

When a jaded single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop (during Lent), they shake the moral rigidity of an entire community and teach them a thing or two about living life to the fullest.  

 

Spanglish

Acclaimed chef John Clasky and his fitness-fanatic wife Deborah have fallen out of love and out of touch with their children. When Flor Moreno, a single Mexican mother who speaks very little English, enters their lives as a housekeeper, they’ll be forced to face certain truths about themselves while rediscovering their love of family.

 

My Girl

Being a neurotic hypochondriac preteen with a widowed undertaker for a father and a funeral parlor for a home can’t be easy. Vada Sultenfuss knows. Lonely and teased at school, she has only her Alzheimer’s-stricken grandmother and best friend Thomas J. to count on, until the new woman in her dad’s life (Jamie Lee Curtis) rescues her from her own demons.

 

I Am Sam

Sam Dawson is a developmentally disabled father with a lovely little daughter named Lucy, who only has eyes for him. As she gets older and eventually surpasses her father’s intellect, Social Services places her in a foster home. Sam bravely enlists the aid of a seemingly heartless lawyer named Rita Harrison to get Lucy back. 

 

Sleepless in Seattle

A grieving widower's son calls a radio talk show in an attempt to find someone for his father Sam (Tom Hanks) to love again. Annie (Meg Ryan), a woman listening clear across the country, hears his tale and falls in love with the idea of him… eventually falling in love with the man himself.

 

Look Who’s Talking

This throwback never gets old. The story of accountant Mollie and her unexpected pregnancy by a married client is made funny thanks to her baby’s hilarious inner monologue and her cab driver love interest. Better yet, it proves you don’t need blood ties to be a family.

 

About a Boy

Self-centered and shallow, Will Freeman is a 38-year-old bachelor on a perpetual quest to meet women. After joining a single-parents group in an effort to meet single moms (feel free to insert gagging sound), Will meets and befriends Marcus, an introverted 12-year-old boy with a suicidal single mom in need of adult guidance.

 

Erin Brockovich

Based on a true story, this Oscar nominee tells the story of down-on-her-luck mom Erin Brockovich, who uncovers a massive cover-up by a California power company that knowingly poisoned a town's water. She launches one of the biggest class-action lawsuits in U.S. history against a multi-billion dollar corporation, and in the process, shows everyone what it means to take care of family.

 

Where the Heart Is

When pregnant 17-year-old Novalee Nation is abandoned by her boyfriend at a Walmart in Oklahoma, she secretly lives at the retailer until her daughter is born six weeks later. Ultimately, she’ll find a surrogate family in the local townspeople – plus a second chance at love.

 

Stepmom

In this tearjerker, a terminally ill stay-at-home mom has to come to terms with the fact that the new woman in her ex-husband's life, an ambitious fashion photographer, will soon be her kids’ new stepmother. Reconfiguring a family is never easy, and this one tackles the heavy issue head-on. Watch with tissues.

 

Got a favorite single movie parent that we missed? Tell us in the comments. Then get tickets for Single Moms Club, opening Friday.

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