Moms at the movies: What to see this Mother's Day weekend
Mother's Day is truly a special holiday. More than a so-called "Hallmark holiday", it's a lovely annual reminder to all of us to appreciate our moms. (And take some time to yourself, if you're a mom too.)
Brunch has become the traditional outing, but if you haven't made reservations weeks in advance be prepared to wait. On the other hand, a movie can be a perfect way to treat mom by spending some time together with a shared experience (up to you whether you share your popcorn with her, too). Whether you're treating your mom, or treating yourself, there are plenty of movie options to help you plan a special outing. Here's our guide to what to see this Mother's Day weekend.
A decade after her Oscar win for the Juno screenplay, Diablo Cody has penned a new story about motherhood. Marlo (Charlize Theron) is a mother of three nearing the end of her rope trying to care for two kids and a newborn. When she is gifted a night nanny by her brother she's hesitant at first, but Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis). For anyone who's cared for a newborn, a night nanny seems like a wistful fantasy - but Tully will resonate with any mom who's been through the sleep deprivation and hard-earned experience that comes with raising kids. Bring your mom and a box of tissues, and when the credits roll, give her a hug and a thanks for bringing you up.
Being a mom isn't all teary-eyed insights - as kids grow older and more independent, it's also about discovering yourself all over again. That's what happens to dedicated housewife Deanna (Melissa McCarthy). When her husband suddenly dumps her, Deanna turns regret into re-set by going back to college - landing in the same class as her daughter, who's not entirely sold on the idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna embraces freedom, fun, and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected. Take your mom to see this in VIP, buy her a glass of wine, and maybe you'll coax a tale or two of her wild youth out of her!
Mother's Day doesn't have to end after breakfast or brunch. Once you've enjoyed your morning meal, why not gather up your fellow moms and hit the theatre for some girl time and mom bonding! And what better way to do it than with the new Amy Schumer comedy, I Feel Pretty. In the hilariously relatable premise, an ordinary woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis wakes from a fall believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. With this newfound confidence she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed?
A raunchy comedy that tackles one of the most awkward stages of parenting: the teen years. When three parents (John Cena, Leslie Mann, and Ike Barinholtz) stumble upon their daughters' pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal. This one is perfect to watch with your mom pals in VIP, as you either dread or reminisce about your kids growing up into teenagers!
Let's be honest: one of the most fun parts of parenting is embarrassing your kids in public. And this special limited screening of Mamma Mia is a perfect opportunity! In just two theatres, Cineplex Cinemas Queensway and Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam, there will be special singalong screenings of Mamma Mia on Mother's Day, Sunday May 13th, at 10am. Admission is free and tickets are first come, first served when doors open at 9am. You can belt out the classic ABBA hits that make up the soundtrack while your loving children shake their heads at you. Just make sure you confiscate their phones so your performance doesn't end up on Instagram!
If you don't live in the areas near Toronto or Vancouver, you can still embarrass your kids - rent or buy Mamma Mia on the Cineplex Store and belt out the tunes in your own living room!
This one is our favourite option. Sure, we love spending time with our children; but sometimes the most precious thing in the world is a few hours to ourselves. Pack up your kids and send them with Dad to see this classic family flick for only 2.99 per ticket! That leaves you almost the entire morning to do what you want. Snuggle up in bed with a book, linger over coffee and your favourite magazine, binge-watch that show you've been meaning to catch up on - whatever floats your boat.