Top 5 movies for mommies

You’ve got a great man, adoring kids, and all things being equal life is pretty good. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t times when you feel the need to leave it all behind. Even the greatest kids give you days that leave you wondering if you can give them back, and even the perfect husband…well, we don’t need to go there. Luckily these moments are fleeting, so instead of doing something drastic, send the kids to their friend’s house when your hubby’s at his next movie night, invite the other moms over and take in some great films. Categorizing movies as ‘for mommies’ makes you think of black and white classics your grandmother would want to see, but there are a lot of juicier options. Here’s a look at five of the best movies you can snuggle up with the next night you need a little ‘mommy time’.

“Ghost” (1990). This modern classic is a supernatural love story. When Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) is killed during a mugging, he’ll do anything possible to keep his girlfriend Molly (Demi Moore) safe and see her again. It’s got comedy, tragedy, the steamiest sculpture-making session you’ll ever see, and Swayze at his hunky best. Vintage Whoopi Goldberg has never been funnier. Basically, it’s all you could ask for, and entertains even if you’ve seen it a hundred times.

“Pretty Woman” (1990). Apparently, the first year of the 90’s was a great one for movies. If you haven’t heard of this rags-to-riches tale starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, you’re probably from another planet. “Pretty Woman” established Roberts as a superstar, and the unexpected love affair between a rich businessman and his blue collar escort is incredibly endearing. You’ll melt to pieces at Gere in this one too, perhaps leaving you wondering what would have happened if someone like him had come into your life years ago. Well, don’t get too excited. It is the magic of the movies after all.

“Overboard” (1987). This underappreciated comedy is the one to pull out when you need a reminder that it could always be worse. Goldie Hawn stars as an entitled heiress who hires a real country bumpkin (played by Kurt Russell) to do some work on her yacht. When she falls off and wakes up with no memory of who she is, Russell takes the opportunity to make her think she’s his wife, and the mother of his brood of unwashed, horribly behaved kids. See, you don’t have it so bad! But it’s a great story of finding love where you’d never expect it, and Hawn’s transformation from mean and selfish to loving and compassionate will remind you that anyone can change, if given a second chance.

Steel Magnolias” (1989). You’ll also get your fair share of laughs in this charming, Oscar nominated film, but you’ll need a box of tissues before it’s over. This is an amazing ensemble piece, with a who’s who of 80’s stars including Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts. They are all part of an enormous and very southern circle of friends, and their ups and downs will have you riveted.

“Mamma Mia!” (2008). Just to remind us that great romantic comedies are still being made, do yourself a favor and check out “Mamma Mia!”. It’s adapted from the blockbuster musical of the same name, which means it’s packed with enough ABBA to get you off your feet and singing before the end. But it’s also a great story of romance in the second half of life, reminding us all that the magic never has to disappear, no matter what age is listed on your Driver’s License. You should buy each one of these films, take them over to the best San Fran blu ray replication shop you can find and make copies for all your friends. You’ll earn some serious brownie points, and possible some free babysitting the next time you need a night all to yourself.

 

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