With Mother’s Day celebrations on Sunday, it’s time to pay homage to the greatest on-screen matriarchs pop culture has gifted us.
AMY POEHLER IN MEAN GIRLS
Who is she? Endlessly quotable and highly relatable, Mean Girls’ laugh out loud comedy is largely due to actress and comedian Amy Poehler’s role as Regina George’s mother. Although her on-screen time is minimal, her prissy pink persona makes it’s mark in the movie.
What makes her great? Keen to let her daughter’s friends know she’s cool, Mrs George tries hard to fit in with the cool crowd. From making humpday treats and fixing non-alcoholic cocktails, to giving great hugs and listening to the latest gossip, she’s an honourary member of the clique.
Other notable mother roles: Baby Mama.
MERYL STREEP IN MAMMA MIA
Who is she? Acting legend Meryl Streep takes on the role of Donna Sheridan, a hotelier on a Greek island preparing for her daughter’s wedding with two of her oldest friends.
What makes her great? Independent in her work and with her life, Donna’s free-spirited mood is reflected in her flamboyant fashion as well as her colourful past. Despite reservations about her daughter inviting her three prospective fathers, it is her endless support for her daughter that only adds to her charm.
Other notable mother roles: It’s Complicated, Fantastic Mr Fox and The River Wild.
LINDA HAMILTON IN TERMINATOR 2
Who is she? Famed for transforming her body with a strict workout regime for the role, Linda Hamilton reprised her Sarah Connor character, the mother of John in Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
What makes her great? It is clear from the beginning that matriarch Sarah gives up her whole life in order to save her son, including becoming a hardened warrior to protect him. Her role was legendary at the time and put her up there with the strongest females of 90s pop culture (Sigourney Weaver’s Alien and Thelma & Louise).
Other notable mother roles: A Mother’s Prayer, A Sunday Horse and The Secret Life of Girls.
JAMIE LEE CURTIS IN FREAKY FRIDAY
Who is she? Although we all loved the 1976 take on Freaky Friday, it was 2003’s adaptation with Jamie Lee Curtis that proved to be a significant improvement. Curtis plays single mother Tess Coleman, before she switches bodies to live like her daughter.
What makes her great? Coleman may have orginally seemed like an overworked mother who misunderstood her daughter, but her empathy and respect she gives to daughter Anna (played by Lindsay Lohan) leads to a mutual understanding.
Other notable mother roles: House Arrest and Mother’s Boys.
HOLLY HUNTER AS MRS INCREDIBLE
Who is she? Holly Hunter lends her voice to the retired superhero Elastigirl, who is trying to keep her superpower-filled family safe and under control.
What makes her great? Mrs Incredible is not only flexible physically, she is constantly trying to be the glue that keeps her family together and acts as the perfect opposite to her sometimes bumbling husband.
Other notable mother roles: The Piano and Thirteen.
CATHERINE O’HARA IN HOME ALONE
Who is she? Catherine O’Hara depicts the often harried mother of the huge McCallister family, who always seem to leave her son Kevin behind- hilarity insues.
What makes her great? Despite her forgetfulness, it seems there is nothing Kate wouldn’t do for her little son and from spending hours on the phone talking to the police, to riding in a van across America with an irritating polka band, we applaud her perseverance.
Other notable mother roles: Frankenweenie, Killers and Beetlejuice.
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