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Movie Moms!
Topic by: underdog
Posted: April 21, 2008 - 1:56 PM PDT
Last Reply: May 7, 2008 - 9:43 AM PDT

author topic: Movie Moms!
underdog
post #1  on April 21, 2008 - 1:56 PM PDT  
We posted this question on Yahoo Answers but thought we might as well open it up here, too!

Who are the best Mom Characters in Movies?

Your favorite Movie Moms! They can be idealized moms, terrible moms, crazy or wonderful or both, but they should be the ones you always remember.
underdog
post #2  on April 21, 2008 - 2:31 PM PDT  
What about the, uh, mom in Psycho.

Norman, is that you?

Or Murmur of the Heart?

Mildred Pierce anyone?

shiftless
post #3  on April 21, 2008 - 4:11 PM PDT  
Dawn Davenport or Babs Johnson. aka Divine

BTW the description for Pink Flamingos is actually the one for Female Trouble, alert to catalog people.
weezy
post #4  on April 21, 2008 - 6:52 PM PDT  
> On April 21, 2008 - 4:11 PM PDT shiftless wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Dawn Davenport or Babs Johnson. aka Divine
>
> BTW the description for Pink Flamingos is actually the one for Female Trouble, alert to catalog people.
> ---------------------------------
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Thanks for the catch!

I'm finding it hard to remember GOOD movie moms, all I can come up with are the evil movie moms/step moms like the the one from Sleeping Beauty.
DLeonard
post #5  on April 21, 2008 - 9:27 PM PDT  
Not on DVD, and not a mom, but...

Christine Lahti in Housekeeping takes care of her dead sister's two kids. It was a strange but fun little film. I think I would have enjoyed being raised by Aunt Sylvie (Lahti).
ABernstineIII
post #6  on April 22, 2008 - 10:36 AM PDT  
> On April 21, 2008 - 1:56 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> We posted this question on Yahoo Answers but thought we might as well open it up here, too!
>
> Who are the best Mom Characters in Movies?
>
> Your favorite Movie Moms! They can be idealized moms, terrible moms, crazy or wonderful or both, but they should be the ones you always remember.
> ---------------------------------
How about ANJELICA HOUSTON'S mother character, LILLY DILLION, in THE GRIFTERS. Talk about "a mothers love..." Her performance STILL gives me chills. If you have not seen it, or if it's been a while, I suggest you chek it out.

Also JAMIE LEE CURTIS in MOTHERS BOYS deserves an honorable mention.
underdog
post #7  on April 22, 2008 - 11:52 AM PDT  
Good suggestions all! And they can certainly be "bad" mothers, just good characters!

> > ---------------------------------
> How about ANJELICA HOUSTON'S mother character, LILLY DILLION, in THE GRIFTERS. Talk about "a mothers love..." Her performance STILL gives me chills. If you have not seen it, or if it's been a while, I suggest you chek it out.


Definitely. Interesting, too, to think of all of Anjelica Huston's mother characters, not just that one. How about Agnes Browne? Or the Addams Family movies? (She was born to play Morticia!) Each one incredibly different but all worthy roles.
SirenTiger
post #8  on April 22, 2008 - 12:34 PM PDT  
initiate startup shrdlu etaoin

Hello World\n

For chilling, how about Angela Lansbury as the mother willing to brainwash her son in the original Manchurian Candidate?
AstroAppa
post #9  on April 22, 2008 - 11:16 PM PDT  
i know she isn't in a movie, yet...but Loose Seal Bluth!!

Make love in your own hand mother!
Hags888
post #10  on April 23, 2008 - 2:42 PM PDT  
I gotta throw out Jennifer Coolidge as "Stifler's Mom" in American Pie. She's a hilarious comedian anyway, but she plays the "cougar" to a tee.
Vanamonde
post #11  on April 23, 2008 - 3:31 PM PDT  
Chobits has a Good Mother and she is voiced by Inoue Kikiko the most kawaii voice in all of Japan! You may known her as Belldandy.

See was also funny in "Clannad", which I don't believe has be licensed for region 1 yet.

And in
Air (TV)
we have a woman who seems to be a good person but has to be Mom and she is the first to admit that she is not good at it.

And as for Yui Ibuki, she is about as good a Mom as Yehweh is a father to Jesus. Some would blame her husband, but she went right along with him. But still a better a mom than Asuka's - these last two from
"Neon Genesis Evangelion" (have mercy!)


All recommended for all otaku!
kaream
post #12  on April 23, 2008 - 9:36 PM PDT  

The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom
kaream
post #13  on April 23, 2008 - 10:04 PM PDT  
Clara Chevalier
kaream
post #14  on April 23, 2008 - 10:11 PM PDT  
> On April 21, 2008 - 2:31 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------

>
> Or Murmur of the Heart?
>
> ---------------------------------

Apologies -- I wasn't paying attention.

Good example of an understanding and loving mother
kaream
post #15  on April 23, 2008 - 10:22 PM PDT  
Well, there's always Sophie Von Essenbeck in La Caduta degli dei, though -- another loving mother
weezy
post #16  on April 25, 2008 - 10:51 AM PDT  
Mrs. Robinson from the Graduate. The OG Milf!
underdog
post #17  on May 6, 2008 - 3:31 PM PDT  
Okay, here we go:

Erin's Best Movie Moms list, organized by mom archetype, not by film.

Which types would you add? And who would you add under each category?

There's no way she could capture every great (and not so great) mom character through film history, but her take is pretty darned good, imho.
underdog
post #18  on May 7, 2008 - 9:43 AM PDT  
A couple more I thought of for Erin's list, as far as examples of Bad and/or Psycho Moms, were:

Piper Laurie's mom in CARRIE. Man, that still upsets me even just thinking about her.

Anjelica Huston THE GRIFTERS. Crazy Oedipal love!

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