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    In the spirit of Mother’s Day, which are some of your favorite (& least favorite) cinematic mom characters?

    I’ll start..

    My favorite: Claudine (played by Diahann Carroll in Claudine)

    My least favorite (TIE!): Mary Jones (played by Mo’Nique in Precious) & Rose-Ann D’Arcey (played by Shelley Winters in A Patch of Blue)

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    I like this idea. I will say that it’s important to acknowledge the systematic racism in America that made it harder for Mary Jones to be a mother.

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    Favorite: Rachel Flax (“Mrs. Flax”) played by Cher in Mermaids(1990) I think She’s cool as a mom

    Least favorite: Mrs. Lisbon played by Kathleen Turner in The Virgin Suicides (1999)

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    Halley in The Florida Project is among my all-time worst movie moms. While she doesn’t physically or emotionally abuse her daughter Moonee, she’s definitely NOT a good mother. She treats her daughter more like a little sister/best friend than a daughter, and when any parent does that, a child is inevitably headed for trouble (Lindsay Lohan is a perfect example of this).

    Plus, she makes her daughter her partner in all her con jobs begging for money, and let’s not forget, she prostitutes herself, having sex with strange men while her daughter’s in the bathroom taking a bath. When Child Protective Services comes to take Moonee away at the end of the movie, I thought, “Thank God.”

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    Halley in The Florida Project is among my all-time worst movie moms. While she doesn’t physically or emotionally abuse her daughter Moonee, she’s definitely NOT a good mother. She treats her daughter more like a little sister/best friend than a daughter, and when any parent does that, a child is inevitably headed for trouble (Lindsay Lohan is a perfect example of this).

    Plus, she makes her daughter her partner in all her con jobs begging for money, and let’s not forget, she prostitutes herself, having sex with strange men while her daughter’s in the bathroom taking a bath. When Child Protective Services comes to take Moonee away at the end of the movie, I thought, “Thank God.”

    Ajá and The favorite movie mom?…

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    Favorite movie mom? That’s hard to say…I’ll really have to think about it. I do think one of the more underrated movie moms out there is Mrs. Bucket from Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. I love how she reassures Charlie she’ll always love him even if he never finds a Golden Ticket. “Cheer Up, Charlie” is probably the most underrated song from that movie.

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    Worst Mom : LaVona Harding in I, Tonya (let’s not even go there)
    Best Mom : Marion McPherson in Lady Bird. There were moments in the film where her character was flawed but at the end of the day she wanted all that was best for her working class family and her for her daughter. In fact the McPherson family seemed to be matriarchal.

    FYC Emmys : Jodie Comer ("Killing Eve"), Ruth Wilson ("His Dark Materials"), Russell Tovery ("Years and Years"), Helena Bonham Carter ("The Crown") & The Crown, His Dark Materials, Years and Years, Succession and The Affair in all categories. The Politician : Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bette Midler and Judith Light.

    FYC Goldderby Awards : MAURA TIERNEY AND DOMINIC WEST FOR THE FINAL SEASON OF THE AFFAIR

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    Best: Allison Janney as Charlotte Phelan in The Help.

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    Margo Martindale in Million Dollar Baby and August: Osage County
    Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People
    Gladys Cooper in Now, Voyager and Separate Tables
    Meryl Streep in August: Osage County
    Piper Laurie in Carrie

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    While I don’t agree with this stance, I’ve heard a humorously compelling argument for Catherine O’Hara in Home Alone being cinema’s worst mother on the basis that she accidentally abandoned her son not once, but twice.

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    Worst: Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest

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    One of the worst.

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    Worst: Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest

    As I was scrolling I was waiting for someone to type “Mommie Dearest”! Ha.

    I gonna go middle of the road and mention 2 performances that have good mama moments and bad. Both played by Shirley MacLaine. “Postcards From the Edge” is my all time favorite work by her. Also, I can’t go without mentioning “Terms of Endearment”. Terms was my own mama’s favorite film ever… she always talked about the give my daughter her shot explosion. I was a sickly child and she had a few moments like that herself. Happy mother’s day everyone!

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    Meryl Streep. Sophie’s Choice
    A Cry in The Dark

    Worst moms? On mother’s day?

    Stumped.

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
    Philip K Dick Blade Runner

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    While we never see her onscreen with her biological daughter, Ellen Ripley in Aliens still deserves a shoutout for her relationship with Newt, quickly making a maternal bond with the orphan and doing everything she can to protect her and becoming her guardian in all but name.

    As for worst mothers, Margaret White is hard to beat. A hypocritical, misogynistic, mentally ill woman who locks her daughter in a “prayer closet” for absurd reasons such as having her period. And that’s not even going into what she does near the end of the movie.

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