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CONVERGE | Entertainment

The Best Movies to Watch This Mother's Day

May 10, 2019

Pop some popcorn, grab your voice remote and enjoy our favorite Mother's Day movies.

Planning to treat Mom to a movie night at home for Mother's Day, but not sure what to pick? Don't worry, we have you covered. Here are our favorite movies that are perfect to watch with Mom and the rest of the family. All of these can be easily found on Cox On Demand, so sit back, relax and enjoy.  

1. Beaches 

Garry Marshall's 1988 classic, Beaches is a movie about a lifelong friendship between two very different women, C.C. Bloom (Bette Midler) and Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hershey). Themes of motherhood are never far from the surface. Spanning decades, the duo's tumultuous relationship comes to a moving crescendo at a Miami beach house, where Hillary's daughter, Victoria (Grace Johnston), plays a pivotal role in fostering forgiveness, gratitude and perspective.

2. Little Women 

Claire Danes, Winona Ryder, and Kirsten Dunst star in this heartwarming adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's well-loved novel. Set during the Civil War, the story follows four teenage sisters as they come of age during a time of limited opportunity for women. As their father is absent in the war, the girls' family lives are anchored by each other. Their mother's (Susan Sarandon) forward-thinking attitudes about gender roles set the stage for drama and romance against an era-defining backdrop of tragedy and uncertainty.

3. Mama Mia! Here We Go Again

Join the celebration, sing and dance, and discover how it all began! 10 years after Mamma Mia! The Movie, the film’s original cast returns in an all-new musical sequel where Sophie dreams of renovating a taverna in her mother's honors on the Greek island of Kalokairi. This sweet and lighthearted film is absolutely perfect for a mommy-daughter movie night. 

4. Freaky Friday

This 2003 remake of the famous body-switching setup hits all the feel-good spots. Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan star as the warring mother and teenage daughter who swap roles for a day and end up with a deep sense of empathy and understanding for each other. Fun, frivolous and freaky, it's a lighthearted adventure for all the family.

5. Little Miss Sunshine 

A family of misfits travels from New Mexico to California in a Volkswagen T2 Microbus, so that youngest daughter Olive (Abigail Breslin) can compete in a beauty pageant. At times excruciating, at others endlessly entertaining; the road trip becomes a journey of discovery for each character as they explore the transcendent power of familial bonds.

6. Room 

Make no mistake, this is a difficult film to watch—but ultimately worthwhile. Brie Larson's character and her young son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) are confined to a cramped and unpleasant room for many years by a terrifying abuser (Sean Bridgers). At five years old, Jack has never glimpsed the outside world, and his childish acceptance of his diminished world is one of the film's enduring horrors. Hope and light shine through in the enduring, protective relationship between mother and child.

7. The Florida Project 

On the approach to Walt Disney World, the swampy Floridian landscape is dotted with colorful, low-budget motels catering to seasonal workers. It's among this dreamworld of deprivation that six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) enjoys a carefree summer. Yet all is not well in the adult realm, as Moonee's young mother (Bria Vinaite) struggles to make ends meet, turning to desperate endeavors to provide for her daughter. Ambiguous and touching, this is a rare opportunity to see through a child's innocent eyes.

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