I don’t talk about it a lot on this blog, because I don’t want it to become a regular thing, but I love watching films! And since I’m a parent, I love watching films about parenthood, kids and family life. There’s nothing better than crashing on the sofa after a hard day of tantrums, naps that didn’t happen and food and/or milk in your hair, with a nice film about people which lives are far more worse than yours. But not only that, I also learn from some of them. I learn how to handle bad days or what I think is the best way to talk to my child when she’s a bit older. Some of the films about being a parent are so relatable and I love that. Today I will be sharing with you a few of my favourite films about being a parent, about the struggles of married life, but also the beautiful things that come with being a wife and mother. I hope you’ll have as much fun watching them, as I had!
Bad Moms (2016)
I loved this film! I actually still have to watch the last 15 minutes, but YES, this was more relatable than anything I’ve seen lately! I loved Mila Kunis as a mother and seeing her next to Kristen Bell again after Forgetting Sarah Marshall (great break-up film!) was awesome. If you’re a mother, you have to see this film. And while we’re at it, I can’t wait to see Bad Moms 2! Have any of you seen it yet?
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
This film is just, like… wow. Will Smith is playing this amazing and strong single parent, next to his own little boy playing his son. It’s a film that’s based on the true story of a father living on the streets with his boy, while being an unpaid intern for a year, trying to get a paid position as a stockbroker. It’s very heartwarming and inspirational, it’s about never giving up, about the love between father and son, and you should definitely watch it. And yes, ‘happyness’ is spelled correctly.
I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011)
If you ask me, it’s very hard to see Sarah Jessica Parker as anyone else than Carrie Bradshaw. But in this film she almost succeeded in being someone other than her. Almost, because she is still running around in heels! This film is very relatable, but just a tad more over-the-top and dramatic than Bad Moms, which makes it little less believable. But still, it’s a very nice and fun movie to watch. It’s super cozy, because of all the snow!
What To Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)
Pregnant? This is the film for you! A mother? Also a great film for you! Waiting to adopt or a (single) father? Yep and yep. This film has it all! I especially loved this film when I was pregnant, because like the trailer says, it’s so brutally honest. Not every storyline was interesting for me, but that really doesn’t matter. Also, I think this film is really good for watching it with your husband. And may I say, I freaking love Rebel Wilson in this film? She is so funny!
This film is must-see! Unfortunetely I couldn’t find a decent trailer for this film, but you’re gonna have to take my word for it. It’s not a happy story, but it is really informative on how to handle a teen that’s out of control and recognizing the signs. It’s actually the true story of Nikki Reed’s youth, an actress starring in the film herself (playing the other side of what actually happened to her) and also known for her roll in the Twilight saga.
Freaky Friday (2003)
I saw this movie in the cinema, 15 years ago (I was 19) with my mom and absolutely loved it. It’s about a mum and daughter switching bodies for a period of time, which ofcourse helps them understand eachother more. It’s so relatable for both teens and parents, a true gem to watch with your kids whenever they shout at you that “you just don’t understand them!!1!1!”. Lindsay Lohan is so cute in this movie, not to mention Chad Michael Murray! I also remember downloading the soundtrack of the film, because I loved Lindsay’s character’s girlband! The songs Take Me Away and You’re It still make me happy! A funny, sweet and happy movie!
Which of these films is on the top of your list? Do you have any other films about being a parent that I might like? Please tell me and I will definitely watch them!