Parents’ Day is celebrated this year on July 24th (it is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July). This relatively new holiday, began in 1994, allows people to honor both parents together. To commemorate the holiday, here are five exceptional movies about parenting:
Parenthood (1989) – Steve Martin stars in this ensemble comedy about the Midwestern Buckman family. Each of the adult Buckman siblings are parents who struggle with the challenges of raising a family, dealing with children who have different and perplexing problems. Meanwhile each Buckman also tries to relate to their aging father, as well. Along the way, the Buckmans try to adapt the best they can to each crazy new situation that emerges.
Yours, Mine, Ours (1968) – Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball come together in the original version of this family comedy (also remade in 2005). Fonda plays Frank Beardsley, a widower with 10 children who meets and marries Helen (played by Ball), a widow herself who has 8 children. With 18 children, half of whom don’t know each other, in one house, being a good parent is bound to be very tricky.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) – This inspiring drama, based on a true story, stars Will Smith and his son, Jaden, as a father and son who face economic hardships that eventually force them to live on the streets. However, Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith) doesn’t give up and eventually works his way up the Wall Street corporate ladder, trying to provide a better life for his son.
Penny Serenade (1941) – In this emotional romantic drama, Cary Grant and Irene Dunne star as Roger and Julie Adams. The two begin as a loving newlywed couple but face extraordinary problems while trying to start a family of their own. As they face new hardships in their quest to have children, their love and commitment is tested.
Terms of Endearment (1983) – This award-winning drama stars Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger as an adult mother and daughter pair who have trouble getting along. However, they still love and care for each other, being there for each other even when others are not. As their lives grow and change, their relationship becomes more complicated and more important.
What are some of your favorite movies about parenting? Please leave a comment with other suggestions!