I realize it may seem a bit premature to get excited about a fall release. But I've got great movie mother/son duos on the brain lately, thanks to the recent release Jeff, Who Lives At Home. The movie follows fate-obsessed slacker Jeff (Jason Segel) who still lives with his mom Sharon (Susan Sarandon). Sharon is at her wit's end with both Jeff and her other son, douchebag Pat (Ed Helms). A series of serendipitous events propelled by Jeff's undying faith in fate culminates in all three having life-changing epiphanies.
Sarandon is great as Jeff and Pat's dowdy, floundering mom. We're used to seeing her play spunky sexpots, but in Jeff she proves she's more than capable of toning down her inner siren to play mousy suburban moms and not just MILFS (like her sexy turn in The Lonely Island's Motherlover SNL Digital Short).
As for Streisand, I can't wait to see her paired with Rogen. In The Guilt Trip, Rogen plays an inventor who takes his mom on a work-related road trip with him. Wacky antics presumably ensue. Streisand proved she's still got her famous comedic chops in Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers, where she steals every scene she's in as Ben Stiller's eccentric mother.
Jeff and The Guilt Trip got me thinking about other memorable mother/son movie duos. I've compiled my top five faves.
Did I miss yours? Let me know! (Keep it clean, or your mother just might rinse your mouth out with soap!)
1. Estelle Getty and Sylvester Stallone in Stop or My Mom Will Shoot. Sure, this wasn't the best movie ever made, but it's pretty funny watching tough-guy Sylvester Stallone getting bossed around by tiny Estelle Getty (who just happens to be pretty darn handy with a gun).
2. Frances McDormand and Patrick Fugit in Almost Famous. Only McDormand could make the world's most annoying mother endearing. Even when she's humiliating poor William in front of the ladies or lecturing his rock star buddy (Billy Crudup), you can't help but sympathize with her. After all, she only wants the best for her innocent little guy!
3. Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong in Terminator 2. Imagine how cool/terrifying it would be to have a mother as bad-ass as Sarah Connor. Sure, she can protect you from bad guys and teach you some awesome moves, but she can also scare the bejesus out of you. There ain't no mouthing off to Sarah Connor.
4. Sally Field and Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump. Isn't Mrs. Gump one of the sweetest movie moms ever? She was always so loving and supportive of Forrest -- even in, um, certain horizontal ways. And she gave him that bit of advice that he took to heart and passed along to strangers. Y'know, something about a box of chocolates.
5. Dianne Wiest and Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands. I know, I know. She wasn't technically his mom. But Wiest welcomed Edward into her modest suburban home with open arms, and Edward returned the love with elaborate landscaping and bitchin' haircuts.