Top Mother’s Day Movies 2!

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There are a growing number of family movies, but many of them mostly feature the dad, such as CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, FATHER OF THE BRIDE and COLLEGE ROAD TRIP, and in too many of them, the mother is dead or missing, such as THE GAME PLAN and FINDING NEMO. In a significant number of cases, the mother is the villain, such as AMERICAN BEAUTY, SOUTH PARK and SERIAL MOM. This doesn’t help children develop a positive image of mothers.

Two reasons for the missing mom or even the mean mom may be found in some of the lingering marketing rules of the entertainment industry.

First, the entertainment industry believes that little girls will go to movies that little boys like, but little boys won’t go to little girl movies. Walt Disney Company seemingly ran into that problem with the delightful entertaining movie ENCHANTED. The second rule is that the expected scenario is the bad dad or the good mother, so movies want to do the unexpected. There’s a guideline in modern journalism that you don’t want the common story about the dog biting the man but the uncommon story of the man biting the dog.

Whatever the reason, it would be nice to see more movies like I REMEMBER MAMA. One way to do that is for the vast Christian audience to support the good, whether it features girls or boys, mothers or fathers, and if it contains a Christian, biblical worldview.

Below is a list of MOVIEGUIDE®’s Best Movies for Mother’s Day.

ELENI

Quality:
****
Age:
ELENI is the greatest movie about a mother’s love in the face of adversity. It is the true story of a mother who was murdered by the communists during the Greek Civil War. Eleni proclaims, “Christ is risen” on Easter, prays to God and concludes before her execution with the touching statement that “It is such a joy to be a mother that I thank God for letting me know it.”

MRS. MINIVER

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children and adults
The 1942 Best Picture Oscar winner, MRS. MINIVER, is a classic example of MGM doing its duty in wartime. Ending with “Onward Christian Soldiers,” and a call to buy war bonds, it’s the story of the horrors of war impacting a middle class English family.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Quality:
****
Age:
All Ages
THE SOUND OF MUSIC is the most successful musical in history with a brilliant performance by Julie Andrews. It has a profound Christian message about seeking God’s will for your life and is as clean and wholesome as can be.

THE INCREDIBLES

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
THE INCREDIBLES is another incredible animated movie from Pixar and Disney, about two retired superhero parents who must battle a villain targeting their family. Beautifully animated, THE INCREDIBLES is full of exciting energy, fantastic fun, and humorous hilarity, with a very strong redemptive, Christian worldview full of many positive moral messages.

HOME

Quality:
****
Age:
Children to adults
HOME is a funny, lovable animation about a clumsy alien creature relocated to planet earth with the rest of his species, who turns the life of a little girl and humankind upside down. HOME has a strong moral, redemptive worldview celebrating sacrifice, family, hope, freedom, doing the right thing, truth, and pursuing justice.

MARS NEEDS MOMS

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
MARS NEEDS MOMS is an animated, comical science fiction adventure about a 9-year-old boy who must rescue his mother from an autocratic all-female Martian police state that has taken her captive. MARS NEEDS MOMS is a very entertaining, exciting, funny, touching, brilliantly structured movie, which extols the traditional idea that every child needs a mother and a father.

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN (1950)

Quality:
****
Age:
Showing how to organize a large family (be fruitful and multiply), this real-life story of the Gilbreth family has a wonderful scene where the father and mother ironically skewer a prissy, stuck-up representative from the evil Planned Parenthood. Clifton Webb plays the unforgettable father, and Myrna Loy is the strong, supportive mother.

THE BLIND SIDE

Quality:
****
Age:
Older teenagers and adults
THE BLIND SIDE is a compelling, feel great drama that tells the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless young black teenager who is welcomed into a caring Christian family. Though there are unneccessary elements requiring caution, this wonderful drama is a faith filled, truly inspiring movie with overt Christian values.

JOY

Quality:
****
Age:
Teenagers and adults
JOY is an extremely entertaining story about a devoted, divorced mother trying to provide for her family, who invents a new kind of mop, but experiences financial obstacles in marketing it to American housewives. JOY is a delightful, inspiring movie for teenagers and adults, with positive Christian, pro-capitalist content, but caution’s advised for very brief, mostly light foul language and some dysfunctional behavior.