If you want to watch a movie with your son, then Mamma Mia, Steel Magnolias and My Big Fat Greek Wedding may not keep you watching on the sofa together for long. Here are 10 great movies that mothers and sons can watch and enjoy together with a selection to suit children, teenagers and adults.
1. School of Rock (2003)
After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band. Jack Black plays the slightly past it rocker, stuck in a groove of 70s heavy metal rock and roll with contagious enthusiasm for his subject. The edge-of-disaster suspense is continued to the end. Also, Joan Cusack, as the gobsmacked headmistress, delivers a superb performance in this entertaining feel-good movie.
2. Some kind of wonderful (1987)
When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Amanda’s ex-boyfriend plans to get back at Keith. Meanwhile, Keith’s best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith. It is refreshing to have a movie about teens in love that does not rely upon sex to gain the viewer’s interest.
3. Woman in Black (2012)
A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. Starring Daniel Radcliffe. This film is only for those who love to be terrified. There’s no blood and guts, but the screenplay is so simply, horrifically brilliant that it’s a must see if you can handle it.
4. Some Mother’s Son (1996)
Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. The film focuses on the mothers of two of the strikers, and their struggle to save the lives of their sons.
5. Spirited away (2001)
During her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. From master story-teller Miyazaki, it’s not long before you forget you’re watching animated characters. At the start Chihiro is a selfish, spoiled, whiny brat. But as she plunges deeper into the spirit world, she becomes more independent, more assured, more respectful and learns some manners. It’s a stunning animated film.
6. The Truman Show (1998)
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show. Starring Jim Carrey, who gives a great performance, this comedy has a plot that runs on several levels. It satirises the media, the emotional façade of television and reality shows, though for some it’s just a funny, entertaining, short, enjoyable and well acted film.
7. Pirates of the Carribean (2006)
Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones’ service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well. Visually stunning CGI graphics and great acting by Johnny Depp once again proving he’s the only man alive who can play the role of Capt. Jack Sparrow.
8. Jungle Book (1967)
Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization. The Jungle Book, one of Disney’s ultimate classics has great characters, an awesome story and terrific animation. You will be singing along to Bear Necessities.
9. Shrek (2001)
After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, an ogre agrees to rescue a princess for a villainous lord in order to get his land back. This Oscar-winning movie will have you giggling well past the end. The dialogue and main action quips are mainly aimed at adults and sophisticated kids.
10. Night at the Museum (2006)
A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc. A perfect movie for a younger child’s imagination whilst adults admire Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney working together.