Here at blinkbox, we’re big fans of mums. We love our own mums, of course (and we’ll fight anyone who says otherwise), but we also love to see movie mums taking care of business, like in the new movie Mama, starring Jessica Chastain. In it, she takes in her boyfriend’s two orphaned nieces: girls who have spent almost five years living in the wilderness. However, they are not alone as they are seemingly protected by a mysterious spirit they call ‘Mama’. A demon mother? Awesome!
Here are 8 more of the most memorable mothers from the big screen:
1. Meg Altman (Panic Room)
A consummate master of the shut-out, single mother Altman isn’t afraid of getting her hands dirty when it comes to looking after her flock. When a small gang of burglars break into her house, she locks herself and her daughter in a heavily fortified safe room. Cut off from the outside world, she has to find a way to expel the thieves while keeping her diabetic daughter alive. Action Mother to the rescue!
2. Leigh Anne Touhy (The Blind Side)
Rich, philanthropic and passionate about sport, Leigh Anne Tuohy is every boy’s dream mother. Based on a real woman by the same name, Sandra Bullock plays the part in the story of how one woman took in a young, homeless black child by the name of Michael Oher, and mentored him into a Offensive Tackle with a scholarship at a prestigious University. The story’s real happy ending actually came years after the films’ release as Oher’s team, the Baltimore Ravens, won the championship at this year’s Super Bowl. Sequel anyone?
3. Eva Katchadourian (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Ever the underdog, travel writer turned full-time mother Eva might not have the most orthodox of childcare methods. We see her in an early scene, pushing her son’s pram into a loud construction site to drown out his cries. But for what she lacks in technique, she more than makes up in dedication: in the face of a distinctly troubled son who goes off the rails, she remains tragically loyal to the end. The term lost cause simply isn’t in her vocabulary!
4. Joan Crawford (Mommie Dearest)
Have you ever thought that it might be cool to have a famous actress as a mother? Well, not if you’re Christina Crawford, the daughter of screen legend Joan. In the film based on her autobiography, we bear witness to a mother who’s both a driven professional and compulsively clean when it comes to housekeeping and personal appearance. But for all her psychoses, you have to admit that Joan has a way of getting her point across: after seeing this, you’ll know to NEVER, EVER USE WIRE HANGERS EVER AGAIN.
5. Elaine Miller (Almost Famous)
With a parenting style that blends New Age philosophy and brutal isolation from popular culture, Elaine isn’t exactly the most chilled of mothers. Having already lost her fiercely independent daughter (Zooey Deschanel) to a van-full of dirty hippies, she doubles down with her younger son William, disapproving of his burgeoning career as a touring rock journalist for Rolling Stone. You would think that any parent would be pretty psyched if their 16 year-old child scored a front page gig with a national publication, but not Elaine. She’s the only one who seems to think that a kid being around drugs, alcohol and free love might be a bad thing.
6. Telly Paretta (The Forgotten)
Julianne Moore is one of America’s acting treasures, right alongside Meryl Streep. Here she completely sells the character of a woman who believes that her child died in a plane crash, despite the fact that everyone she knows keeps telling her that she’s never even had a child! Her husband (Goose from Top Gun) tells her they never had a kid, an NSA agent (Beecher from ‘Oz’) refuses to tell her anything. The only person who believes her is a man who’s possibly in the very same boat as her (McNulty from ‘The Wire’). As we learn from this film, no amount of government brainwashing can make a woman forget the fruit of her womb!
7. Norma Bates (Psycho)
A man’s best friend is his mother. But no one take’s this maxim more seriously than Norman Bates: proprietor of the Bates Motel, amateur taxidermist and all-round psychological mess. Having been brought up by an abusive mother who taught him that all women are harlots (except for her), he cannot even engage with members of the fairer sex without going into a full-on psychotic episode. But if you’re ever tempted go around the Bates household for a cup of tea and a chinwag, you might want to think again: Mrs Bates isn’t really keen on unexpected visitors.
8. Renee Dwyer (The Twilight Saga)
The prototypical laissez-faire guardian, Dwyer’s approach to raising Bella can easily be described as ‘hands-off’. Though close to her child, care-giving aficionados commonly hold that being a best friend is not the same as being a mother. In fact, she’s made a number of parenting decisions that could be interpreted as downright negligent: like sending her daughter to live with her dad so she can travel the country with her boyfriend and failing to kick up a fuss when her child marries a vampire. A bet on Bella’s mum would be like throwing away your cash.
Mama is now available at blinkbox!