As part of the Blogathon I’m participatig in, I have the option to take part in a few “theme days” throughout the month. I adapting today’s theme suggestion from “Five movies that influence your blogging” to “Five great overlooked movie moms” – partly in honor of Mother’s Day coming up and partly because it fits Woah Baby better . This list is totally off the cuff – I’ve put no serious thought into it so I might be missing some great mothers. Chime in with your favorite movie mothers!
1) Beatrix Kiddo – the heroine of Kill Bill, she is seeking revenge against the members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad responsible for trying to murder her on her wedding day. In one of the best moments of the Kill Bill movies, you learn through a series of flashbacks that Beatrix was pregnant when they tried to kill her, and she is actually avenging the death of her baby daughter. THEN *spoiler alert* Beatrix finds out when she finally gets to Bill, that her baby is not dead! After all her avenging is complete, she takes her daughter home. That’s some great mom work there.
2) Marge Gunderson – the seven-months pregnant police officer in Fargo. I just know anyone who says “So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’tcha know that? And here ya are, and it’s a beautiful day. Well. I just don’t understand it,” is going to be a really good mom.
3) Elaine Miller – William’s mom in Almost Famous, and my second Francis McDormand nomination, Elaine struggles to support her son’s independence while still protecting him. When she calls the rock star William is travelling with, she tells him: “This is not some apron-wearing mother you’re speaking with – I know all about your valhalla of decadence and I shouldn’t have let him go. He’s not ready for your world of compromised values and diminished brain cells that you throw away like confetti. Am I speaking to you clearly? If you break his spirit, harm him in any way, keep him from his chosen profession which is law – something you may not value, but I do – you will meet the voice on the other end of this telephone and it will not be pretty. Do we understand each other?” Rock star Russell tells William, “Your mom kinda freaked me out.” William replies, “She means well.”
4) Sheryl Hoover – Olive’s mom in Little Miss Sunshine. That woman’s family was a full plate of crazy potatoes with loony cheese and mild dysfunction for dessert. But gosh-darnit when her little girl needs to get to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant, Sheryl drags the whole lot of them into the broken down van and gets them there. And she’s right there with Olive when the audience and judges are trying to stop the trainwreck that is Olive’s dance routine.
5) Mrs. Parker – can’t place her? How about a hint: a neighbors crazed dogs charge in and eat this woman’s holiday turkey, her youngest son will only eat food if she teases him into acting like a little piggy, and most famously, her dimwit husband puts his prize stripper leg lamp right in her living room window where everyone can see it. Yep, Ralph’s mom in A Christmas Story. But she doesn’t let Ralph get into trouble for beating up the town bully, she gamely eats duck at the Chinese restauraunt when Christmas dinner is ruined, and she breaks the hideous lamp on “accident”. Under that frizzy hair, Mrs. Parker had some wits, and definitely an extra reserve of patience.
Who are your favorite movie moms?