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Favourite Movie Mums

With Mother’s Day just past, it’s given us all time to think about Mums and how much we love ‘em! They come in all shapes, sizes and temperaments and we relish nothing more than enjoying their quirky moments and mocking their strange routines. The big screen has seen its fair share of maternal role models, so in light of Oscar-winning The Blind Side, out 26th March, where feisty Mom Leigh Anne Tuohy, played by the lovely Sandra Bullock, takes a homeless teenager under her wing and helps nurture him into a NFL star, here are some of our favourite movie Mums: 

Mums really do maketh the movie in 1989 hit Steel Magnolias about a close-knit circle of Louisiana girlfriends, mainly Mums from different generations who come together at Truvy's Beauty Parlour to share the good times and the bad. But it is Sally Field as their ‘maternal leader’ M'Lynn who will be forever remembered for her grief-ridden paddy at her daughter Shelby’s (Julia Roberts) graveside because of her baby’s untimely death – as well as M’Lynn’s sudden realisation that she does indeed have a ‘football-helmet’ hairdo, as Shelby once commented!

One stylish Mum who always has the ‘wow’ factor about her and makes the perfect entrance every time is Gothic beauty Morticia Addams, played by Angelica Huston in The Addams Family (1991). Ironically born ‘Frump’, this maternal vamp in black and fiercely loyal mother of Wednesday and Pugsley is both gentle and devilish in nature and the glue that holds the oddball family together. She also frequently enjoys cutting the buds off of roses which she discards, keeping only the stems.   

Mrs (Euphegenia) Doubtfire – ok, technically not a ‘Mum’, not even a female for that matter, but one that typified all the homely comforts in one bubbly, buxom lady. Donning a wig and fat suit, Robin William is simply unforgettable as Euphegenia, dancing around a hot stove with his breasts on fire, and getting seriously sloshed on a double-booked date at a restaurant. But the best thing about Mrs D was her great ability to tell a story that made us instantly warm to her back in 1993.

Two mums for the price of one in 1998 film Stepmom. This tearjerker saw some childish antics from mumsy Mom Jackie Harrison (Susan Sarandon) and younger, hipper Stepmom Isabel Kelly (Julia Roberts) in a battle of wills for the kids’ affections. But all’s well that ends well, though, and the two become the best of friends in Jackie’s final hour – plus a rather nifty-looking quilt gets created amidst all the family sorrow.

She casts a warm, glowing spell over all that come to stay at her home, the ramshackle Burrow, and took Boy Wizard Harry Potter under her wing. Pure witch and matriarch of the Weasley family, Molly Weasley is affectionately brought to live by Julie Walters in the Harry Potter series. This busy worry wart fusses around her extended brood, but is highly protective with a true fighting spirit when it comes to confronting Lord Voldemort and his enemies and keeping her kids alive.

Fighting spirit doesn’t come much stronger than from our next mum who not only juggles bringing up her kids alone, but single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply. Who can forget Julia Roberts’ portrayal of mini-skirt, stiletto-wearing, yummy Mummy Erin Brockovich - a real-life American legal clerk and environmental activist, which won Roberts the Best Actress award at the Oscars in 2001.

Considering she started out her career in some sizzling roles like the erotic Nine 1/2 Weeks, luscious-lipped and leggy Kim Basinger has played her fair share of Mums. As the overly enthusiastic, other-worldly Celeste with a dubious, one-eyed handbag, she had a taste for battery acid in My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988), driving dorky scientist Steven Mills (Dan Aykroyd) into orbit in the bedroom. In 2002 Basinger played the grittier role of Stephanie Smith, alcoholic mother of rapper Jimmy 'B-Rabbit' Smith in Eminem’s acclaimed 8 Mile, starring opposite the rapper as B-Rabbit.

She’s got sex on the brain and goes out of her way to do that thing most Mums do: embarrass the hell out of you in public – but tenfold. Barbra Streisand had us in stitches as Rosalind ‘Roz’ Focker, mother of Greg Focker (Ben Stiller), an ultra liberal sex therapist for senior citizens who gets part of Greg’s former anatomy out at the dinner table in front of his horrified conservative in-laws-to-be in Meet the Fockers (2004). Watch out for more of this mum’s hilarious antics in the 2010 sequel.     

The Blind Side is released in cinemas nationwide on 26th March.

Teenager Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock). Learning that the young man is one of her daughter’s classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael—wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter—come out of the cold. Without a moment’s hesitation, she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night. What starts out as a gesture of kindness turns into something more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy family despite the differences in their backgrounds. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. And as the family helps Michael fulfill his potential, both on and off the football field, Michael’s presence in the Tuohys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. 

For further information on the release please visit: wwws.warnerbros.co.uk/theblindside   

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