Bad Moms.

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This month I’m taking a break from my director’s cut series to celebrate moms and motherly love. 

Happy belated Mother’s Day, dear readers. If you forgot to call your mom yesterday, here’s some motivation to pick up the phone: always remember that your mother could have been worse. Much, much worse.

And now…The Music, Film & Audio Department’s Top Ten Bad Moms in Film:

  1. Back to the Future

Not the worst mom, even though hitting on your own son is kind of gross. But really, who could say that they wouldn’t have accidentally done the same if their son traveled back in time and attended their high school?

  1. Friday the 13th

Is Jason’s mom really a bad mom? I mean (spoilers) she does kill quite a few people, but at least she did it out of love.

  1. Throw Momma From the Train


  1. Coraline

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Coraline’s new “other” mother seems pretty great, until she tries to sew a pair of giant buttons into her new daughter’s eyeballs.

  1. Dead Alive

At least your mother didn’t keep you from the one you love, and then turn into a zombie who causes a zombie outbreak.

  1. Only God Forgives

Your mother is not a chain-smoking drug kingpin (queenpin?) who forces you to avenge your brother’s death, and you should thank her for that.

  1. We Are What We Are

Did your mother ever make you go out and kill a person just so she could put (cannibal) food on the table? No, she probably did not. Lucky you.

  1. Flowers in the Attic

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And did your mother ever lock you in an attic and slowly poison you, until you had no choice but to form an inappropriate relationship with one of your siblings? I didn’t think so.

  1. Mommie Dearest


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Two words: wire hangers.

  1. Carrie
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And your mother most certainly did not react like Carrie White’s mother when you told her you had a hot date for the prom, “They’re all gonna laugh at you!”

Now go do something nice for your mom!



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2 responses to “Bad Moms.

  1. Sheila

    Best mother – here’s an oldie but goodie – I Remember Mama – George Stevens film starring Irene Dunne – get out the hankies. The TV show based on the film was great too, with Peggy Wood, playing the self-sacrificing immigrant mother.

  2. Rachel

    These are great! My favorite bad movie mom is Angela Lansbury in the Manchurian Candidate – she hits on her son AND sets him up!

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