While there might be some distance between us and our loved ones this Mother’s Day, there are plenty of great portrayals of mums on film that we can watch apart to bring us together in spirit. Here are just a few of our favourites streaming now on Telstra TV.
Mother’s Day (Foxtel Now, Netflix, 9Now, Telstra TV Box Office)
Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson lead this delightfully sweet feel-good comedy that’s perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon on the sofa (or 7:30pm on Saturday night if you’re watching on 9Now). Across four different but somewhat intertwined stories of motherhood, we meet Sandy (played by Aniston) – a divorced mother of two who finds love again with widowed father Bradley (Jason Sudeikis); Kristen (Britt Robertson), who was adopted at birth and looks to reconnect with her birth mother (Roberts) now that she’s a mum herself; and Kristen’s friend Jesse (Kate Hudson), whose relationship with her narrow-minded mother is tested.
Little Women (Telstra TV Box Office)
If you missed it at the cinema, or loved it so much you’re ready to go again, Greta Gerwig’s fresh new take on this beloved classic is a must-see this Mother’s Day. Following the lives of the four March sisters during the American Civil War, this stirring tale is told from the viewpoint of strong-willed sister Jo (played by Saoirse Ronan) – who along with sisters Meg, Amy and Beth, is determined to be the author of her own life story. Laura Dern plays their resourceful and encouraging Marmee, while Meryl Streep is the bristly family matriarch, Aunt March. Also starring Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen and Timothée Chalamet.
Lion (SBS On Demand, Netflix, Telstra TV Box Office)
Based on the incredible true story of Saroo Brierley, this tear-jerker tells the story of a five year old Indian boy who was accidentally separated from his birth mother after wandering onto a cross-country train. Winding up hundreds of miles away in Calcutta with no way of finding home, he’s adopted by an Australian couple (played by Nicole Kidman and David Wenham). Twenty-five years later, and with the help of his adoptive mother, Sue, he works tirelessly to retrace his ill-fated journey and locate his long lost family.
Monster-In-Law (Stan, Foxtel Now, Telstra TV Box Office)
Pushing the mother-in-law stereotype to a horrifyingly extreme, Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda star in this comedy caper about a mother who tries to scare off her son’s bride-to-be. Veteran newscaster Viola has just lost her high profile anchor job when she finds out her son has proposed to his relatively new girlfriend, Charlie. Afraid her son will go the way of her career, she hatches a plan to drive the pair apart – but she doesn’t count on Charlie fighting back.
Hairspray (Netflix, Foxtel Now, Stan, Telstra TV Box Office)
John Travolta unexpectedly plays one of our favourite movie mums, Edna Turnblad, in this joyous musical comedy based on the John Waters cult classic. In early 1960s Baltimore, teenager Tracy has one dream in life – to join the cast of the afternoon TV variety hour, ‘The Corny Collins Show’. But to realise that dream, the charismatic Tracy needs to outsmart the shady stage manager and mother of the show’s current leading girl, Velma Von Tussle – played by Michelle Pfeiffer.
Incredibles 2 (Telstra TV Box Office)
Proving that mothers really are superheroes, Incredibles mum Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter) is suddenly thrust into the limelight to restore the public’s faith in “supers” after one too many disasters forces the government to close down the Superhero Relocation Program. Meanwhile, Bob is left behind at home to fend for himself, taking care of their brood of unruly power-wielding youngsters. But when a plot emerges that could destroy them all, they’ll need to reunite once more as a family to save the day.
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