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The Worst Mother’s Day Movies

Tara McNamara, editor of, guests on our Fandango Freshly Popped Blog with her mom's take on some films you might want to avoid on Mother's Day…

This weekend is Mother’s Day and many people will dutifully spend the weekend with their mom in appreciation. Somewhere over the course of the weekend, most people will watch a movie.
If you’re going to the multiplex, the choice is easy. African Cats may look like a nature documentary but in reality, it’s a Mother’s Day story. African Cats highlights a mama cheetah and a mama lioness whose love for their cubs is demonstrated by sacrifice. Good choice. If you’re spending the weekend at home, you can’t go wrong with Steel Magnolias, The Blind Side or Terms of Endearment.
Mommie DearestThose are the Best Mother’s Day Movies, but what about The Worst? Here are five classics and why you should avoid them on May 8.
1. Kramer vs. Kramer. Oscar caliber, yes. Performances from Mama-approved actors Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, check. Cute little kid, absolutely. But, a mother who abandons her child to find herself and get a career is so 1979. Sure, mom may gloat over the difficulties Distracted Dad has without her in the beginning but by the end, Kramer vs. Kramer shows that maybe mom isn’t necessary.
2. Throw Momma from the Train. Danny Devito tries to convince Billy Crystal to kill his overbearing, nagging mother. The only laughter you’re hearing from mom is nervous laughter.
3. The Manchurian Candidate. We mothers just want our children to reach their full potential, is that so bad? Maybe not, but that creepy kiss is all kinds of wrong.
4. Psycho. All moms secretly wish our sons will grow up to be mama’s boys. Norman Bates seemed to be a mother’s dream come true: seeking Mother’s advice, checking in frequently, taking care of her. Keeping your mother’s memory alive is wonderful. Keeping mother alive by becoming her, well, that just makes for an awkward evening.
5. Mommie Dearest. Faye Dunaway plays Joan Crawford as The Worst Mother in The Worst Mother’s Day movie of all time. Watching Mommie Dearest on Mother’s Day is the equivalent of flipping your mom the bird.
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