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Movies for Moms

Sharon’s favorites:

  • Life As a House – wasn’t promoted a lot, but WATCH IT – Here’s the real kicker – most men I know who’ve watched this like it, too. For teens – some offensive language and sexual situations but the ending will touch them. Kevin Cline and Hayden Christian (from Star Wars) The first time I saw this movie, I was floored by its emotional impact; as I walked out of the theater (I’d gone to two movies in a row that night because my husband and sons were on their first and only camping trip with all of them without me), anyway, as I walked out of the theater, I overheard a guy say to his girlfriend/wife “Man, I almost cried there at the end.” I went back with my husband to see it later, and he liked it, too. There’s one scene in which Kevin Cline and Kristin Scott Thomas dance together as the son looks on at his divorced parents and sees a glimmer of the caring they still have for one another. Beautiful! Also a scene in which a dying Cline and his ex-wife look at a video of their son when he was younger.
  • Ordinary People – 1980 Academy-award winner for Best Picture – About relationships – Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, and Timothy Hutton
  • The Sound of Music – Best Picture in 1965 – To me, it’s got everything – gorgeous scenery, romance, something for kids, and even history . I still the most romantic scenes in all of cinema are: in the Greenhouse when the Captain admits his love to Maria and tells her he’s not marrying another lady by saying, “Well, you can’t marry someone, when you’re in love with someone else . . . can you?” And the other moment is when Maria is showing the children how to do an Austrian folk dance; the Captain cuts in to dance with her and she blushes as they have intense eye contact. One of the children tells her she’s blushing, and she says, “I supposed I’m not used to dancing”.
  • Something’s Gotta Give
  • October Sky
  • What Women Want – Mel Gibson comedy
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Officer & A Gentleman – Debra Winger, Richard Gere – a love story
  • You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle
  • First Wives Club
  • Terms of Endearment (though I cannot watch the part where Debra Winger says good-bye to her kids) Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson
  • Good Will Hunting – scene with Robin Williams talking about his wife is great – story shows guys should express feelings
  • Steel Magnolias – Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis,
  • Tootsie – Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange –
  • Ray – award-winning Ray Charles bio movie – the mother watching her young blind son struggle to get up when he falls rings so true, it’s painful to watch. Story drags a bit, but lots of good stuff here.
  • Places in the Heart – Sally Field, Danny Glover

Movies the guys will like and so will you:

  • Time to Kill – suspenseful with wonderful courtroom scenes and Matthew McConaughey
  • Based on John Grisham novel:
  • Witness – Harrison Ford movie, beautiful scenery, suspense
  • The Fugitive – suspense, another Harrison Ford movie
  • Arlington Road – suspenseful – unsettling – you will not forget this disturbing ending to this movie. Tim Robbins, Jeff Bridges, Joan Cusak
  • The Last of the Mohicans – French and Indian War movie, beautiful scenery, Daniel Day Lewis (can’t remember if he takes his shirt off or not – it’s been a while since I’ve seen it)
  • Runaway Jury – John Cusak, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weiss – based on John Grisham novel
  • The Patriot – Mel Gibson – Heath Ledger – yes, it’s bloody, but the story is heartfelt.

Plays boys might like:

  • Shenandoah
  • West Side Story
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Annie (younger)
  • Oliver
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Lion King
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