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Movies for Moms


What mom can't use a little R&R time spent in front of the TV watching a movie? Ready to forget the world and just relax? Then check out this sampling of movies for or about moms.

1. 'Mother'

© Paramount Home Entertainment
Mother is an incredibly funny movie practically everyone can relate to. Debbie Reynolds stars as Albert Brooks' mother, a woman who buys massive quantities of cheese, and believes that the layer of ice that crusts over on top of frozen sherbet enhances its taste. Brooks is a novelist with writer's block who returns home to work out his issues with his mom after coming to the realization that all of his romantic failures can be traced back to that pivotal relationship.
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2. 'The Goodbye Girl'

The Goodbye Girl
© Warner Home Video
Marsha Mason stars as a single parent doing her best to make it on her own. She has a lousy track record when it comes to selecting boyfriends until she meets an actor (played by Richard Dreyfuss) who turns out to be Mr. Right.
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3. 'Jerry Maguire'

Jerry Maguire
© Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
"You had me at hello..." Renee Zellweger plays Dorothy, a young woman struggling to raise her son (Jonathan Lipnicki) while working as an assistant to sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) in this 1996 romantic comedy/drama. When their working relationship turns into something more intimate, the single mom has to make difficult choices based on what's best for her only child.
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4. 'Peggy Sue Got Married'

Peggy Sue Got Married
© Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Kathleen Turner stars as Peggy Sue, a married woman with two grown children who's given the unique opportunity to travel back in time to high school and change the course of her life. Nicolas Cage, using a truly bizarre voice, plays her husband and aspiring rock and roll singer. Then-unknown Jim Carrey plays one of Cage's best friends.

5. 'The 40 Year Old Virgin'

40 Year Old Virgin
© Universal Studios Home Video
Although the movie is all about a 40 year old guy (played by Steve Carell) who hasn't ever gotten laid, there's a sweet love story in here that's surprisingly touching for an R-rated comedy. Catherine Keener co-stars as the mom of a teenage daughter who finds love with the very shy, very polite, very much a virgin, electronics salesman.

6. 'Dear Frankie'

Dear Frankie
© Miramax
If you're not a Gerard Butler fan before watching Dear Frankie, you're going to be converted after one screening of this independent film. Emily Mortimer plays Lizzie, the divorced mother of Frankie, a deaf 9 year old who thinks his dad's just away on a boat doing his job. Frankie's mom writes him letters pretending to be his father, but that imaginative scheme hits a snag when the boat her ex is working on in her letters is actually due to make port nearby. Lizzie hires a stranger (Butler) to masquerade as her ex for a few days, but complications arise when Lizzie and this handsome man hit it off.

7. 'Knocked Up'

Knocked Up
© Universal Studios Home Video
Okay, so it wasn't love that got wannabe TV personality Allison (Katherine Heigl) knocked up but rather alcohol-induced lust. Still, Knocked Up is a love story at heart - albeit one that approaches the romance from a slightly unorthodox angle.

8. 'You Can Count on Me'

You Can Count on Me
© Paramount Home Entertainment
Critically acclaimed film about a single mother doing her best to raise her 8-year old son while taking care of her wayward brother. You Can Count On Me won Best Picture and Best Screenplay at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
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9. 'Where the Heart Is'

Where the Heart Is
© 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Also referred to as the "Wal-Mart Baby Movie," this film tells the story of a 17-year old girl who gives birth to a baby while hiding out in a Wal-Mart store. Ashley Judd and Natalie Portman are wonderful as the two mothers who work hard at raising their children in loving homes while searching for lasting relationships.
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10. 'Heartbreakers'

© 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Twisted romantic comedy starring Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt as a mother-daughter con team looking for a quick buck and trying to avoid romance.
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