A handful of great films to watch with mum

We love all Mums. With Mother’s Day approaching, what better way to celebrate than watching a great film with the most special woman in your life. To help you decide what to watch, our film expert Alex has given you his top films to watch with Mum.

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This week, our expert tips are from our Head of Film Insight, Alex.

He has worked for us at ODEON for nearly 20 years. He loves weepies, classics and films from different cultures. 

Favourite film: (all time) The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp / (recently) Paddington 2.

Here's Alex's list of great films to watch with your mum.


Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop -- the perfect present for his beloved aunt's 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy's big celebration.

Why Paddington 2 is great film to watch with your mum?

This is a perfect film, it's funny, it's sweet, it's sad and it's about the beauty of familial love - Paddington, an adopted child in a strange country has found a family that he loves and that loves him, and that love is proven in every single interaction in the film. Masterpiece.

Aunt Lucy said, if we're kind and polite the world will be right.

Miss Juneteenth (2020)

Turquoise, a former beauty queen turned hardworking single mother, prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the “Miss Juneteenth” pageant, hoping to keep her from repeating the same mistakes in life that she did.

Why Miss Juneteenth is great film to watch with your mum?

This is a gentle and lovely film about mothers and daughters, shown through the prism of beauty pageants in Texas, changing attitudes towards feminism, body positivity, confidence and self-love. It's a balm and tonic for the soul, and Nicole Beharie gives a performance to cherish.

Watch this if you want to see a loving mother/daughter relationship on screen.

20th century women (2016)

In 1979 Santa Barbara, Calif., Dorothea Fields is a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie, at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion.
Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women -- Abbie, a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields' home and Julie, a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor -- to help with Jamie's upbringing.

Why 20th Century Women is great film to watch with your mum?

Mike Mills' film is a touching tribute to his own mother, and contains a powerhouse central performance by the great Annette Bening. It's a film about being (and being around) a strong, smart, fiercely intelligent woman, and it is made with an enormous amount of love.

Watch this if you want to see a film about an independent matriarch and the love in which she’s held.

Some Like it Hot (1959)

After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry, improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida.
While Joe pretends to be a millionaire to win the band's sexy singer, Sugar, Jerry finds himself pursued by a real millionaire as things heat up and the mobsters close in.

Why Some Like It Hot is great film to watch with your mum?

Sometimes the only thing we'll do is a classic, and they don't come more classic than this fantastic screwball comedy from the genius director Billy Wilder - it has everything, romance, slapstick, jokes every minute, danger and a peerless cast including Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. 

If films were weather, this would be a gorgeous summer day. 

Arrival (2016)

Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors.
Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.

Why Arrival is great film to watch with your mum?

This may seem a strange choice on the surface of it, but this intelligent, brilliant sci-fi thriller is, at its heart, a film about a mother's love for her child, and how incomprehensible barriers can be overcome in service of that love. Have tissues close-by. Also, someone give Amy Adams an Oscar. 

A film to make you think, and to make me you cry. A masterpiece.

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