For that time during the year when you want to treat that special someone, be it your own mother, mother-in-law, stepmother, grandmother or yourself, here are some movies that will warm the heart, make you laugh, or (in at least two cases) have both of you covering your eyes and cringing delightfully. Happy Mother’s Day, ladies! On with the shows!
1. The Blind Side (2009)
This film is based on the life and times of Michael "Big Mike" Oher (played by newcomer Quinton Aaron). Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy take in Oher, a homeless teenage African-American with seemingly no hope for a bright future. Michael’s mother is a crack addict and he has no idea who his father is. He has had little formal education but Leigh Anne (played by a determined and blonde Sandra Bullock) soon takes charge, giving Michael every opportunity to make something of his life. Expressing an interest in football, Michael gets all the help he can from Leigh Anne, to the point of giving his coach ideas on how to best use Michael's gifts. They provide him with a loving home and hire a tutor to help him improve his grades so he could qualify for an athletic scholarship.
Why moms will like it: Like Mask, this is an underdog movie, only instead of a horribly deformed child, we have someone who didn’t get the breaks in life that Sandra Bullock’s character is just yearning to give him. She believes in him no matter how bad things get and it’s pretty admirable.
Most memorable scene: Football doesn’t have to make sense to you for you to enjoy this movie. Watching Sandra Bullock gently poke and prod Quinton Aaron’s confidence is heartwarming enough, especially when he starts winning victories for mom and dad. You can also see his growing appreciation of his situation, not taking for granted even the smallest things. Oh, if only all our kids could be like this…