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Hold onto your mom jeans: Time to celebrate our favorite movie mammas

The cast of Hollywood Pictures' 1993 film THE JOY LUCK CLUB.
The cast of Hollywood Pictures' 1993 film THE JOY LUCK CLUB.

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If story is conflict, then it’s no wonder so many great films revolve around mother-child relationships, and in honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve decided to highlight some of our favorites.

From straightforward mom movies like “Terms of Endearment” and “Mermaids,” to more unorthodox moms like those featured in “Psycho” and “Mildred Pierce,” we pay tribute to some of the greatest (and most messed-up) matriarchal portrayals in film history.

We’d also like to hear from you. Do you gravitate towards intense, nutjob moms like “Mommy Dearest’s” Joan Crawford? Or are you more of an action mom, like Sarah Connor in “Terminator 2,” or Ripley in “Aliens?”

Call us at 866-893-5722.


Lael Loewenstein, KPCC film critic; she tweets @LAELLO

Charles Solomon, film critic for KPCC, Animation Scoop and Animation Magazine

Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC, Alt-Film Guide and; he tweets @CinemaInMind

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