Mother’s Day is on Sunday, and what better way to spend some quality time with Mom than by watching some mother-friendly movies on Netflix? Since the holiday is all about appreciating the woman who's always putting her family first, treat Mom to a day off with five heartwarming films that the whole family can watch.
This 1995 classic stars Alicia Silverstone as the Cher Horowitz, a spoiled teenager living in Beverly Hills and dealing with the struggles of high school, romance and getting good grades. The comedic film also features Brittany Murphy as awkward teenager Ty, and Paul Rudd as Cher’s love interest and stepbrother (yep!) Josh. Fun fact: “Clueless” is loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel “Emma.”
2. “Legally Blonde”
Reese Witherspoon stars as Elle Woods in this romantic comedy, which focuses more on being yourself than finding love. The 2001 film boasts a pretty stellar cast – actor Luke Wilson and Selma Blair also star in “Legally Blonde.” In the film, Witherspoon’s character follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School to win him back after he dumps her for not being smart enough. No, it’s not a serious film. Yes, your mom will love it.
3. “How To Train Your Dragon 2”
It may look like a children’s movie, but the sequel to Dreamworks’ “How to Train Your Dragon” is full of themes like the importance of love and family. The animated film picks up where the first one left off, and main character Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is now a teenager. The film is surprisingly funny and touching at the same time, so have your tissues and popcorn ready.
Watching Tom Hanks stranded alone on an island for two hours will make anyone appreciate his or her mother. The film begins when a plane crashes onto an uninhabited island in the South Pacific, and follows the character's struggles as he remains on the island for (spoiler alert!) five years, surviving on very little food and remnants of the plane’s cargo. Perhaps the most astonishing part? Hanks gained and then lost 50 pounds for the role. By the time the film’s over, you’ll definitely want to give your mom a hug.
5. “Silver Linings Playbook"
What woman isn’t a fan of Bradley Cooper? This 2012 film also stars the talented Jennifer Lawrence as Cooper’s love interest and – surprise – has a happy ending that will leave you and your mother feeling good.