8 Feel-Good Movies for Your Next Mother-Daughter Bonding Night

by Leika Golez   |  May 6, 2022
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In case you’ve forgotten, Mother’s Day is this weekend! As much as we’re all for physical presents, why not give her the gift of quality time instead? You can take her out for dinner, book a pamper day at the spa, or maybe go for a well-deserved shopping spree. But if you prefer to keep things chill and low-maintenance, we suggest staying in and watching a feel-good movie instead. That way, you can treat your mom to a no-pressure bonding sesh without spending a lot of money! Plus, there’s a vast selection of serotonin-boosting movies that’ll make you and your mom feel warm, fuzzy, and closer than ever. Check out some of them below! 

1. MOXiE! 

THE CAST: Hadley Robinson, Alycia Pascual-Peña, Lauren Tsai, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Nico Hiraga, Poehler

THE PLOT: A quiet 16-year-old uncharacteristically publishes a feminist zine after discovering her mother’s inspiring rebellious past. 

WATCH ON: Netflix 

2. Four Sisters And A Wedding

THE CAST: Toni Gonzaga, Bea Alonzo, Angel Locsin, Shaina Magdayao, and Enchong Dee

THE PLOT: Lingering family issues arise when four sisters reunite to stop their younger brother’s upcoming wedding. 

WATCH ON: Netflix 

3. Lady Bird 

THE CAST: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf

THE PLOT: As she completes her final year in high school, a teenager struggles to get along with her headstrong mother. 

WATCH ON: YouTube Movies, Google Play Movies & TV

4. Dumplin’

THE CAST: Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston, Odeya Rush

THE PLOT: The plus-sized daughter of a former beauty queen revolutionizes her town by joining her mom’s pageant as a form of protest.


WATCH ON: Netflix 

5. The Princess Diaries 

THE CAST: Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews

THE PLOT: In an unexpected meeting with her estranged grandmother, a socially awkward high school student learns that she’s the heir to the throne of a European kingdom. 

WATCH ON: YouTube Movies, Google Play Movies & TV

6. Brave

THE CAST: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson

THE PLOT: Forced by her mother to marry, a Scottish princess ends up making an ill-fated decision that threatens their kingdom.

WATCH ON: YouTube Movies, Google Play Movies & TV

7. Otherhood

THE CAST: Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette, Felicity Huffman, Jake Hoffman, Jake Lacy, Sinqua Walls

THE PLOT: A trio of suburban mothers attempts to reconnect with their adult sons while feeling neglected on Mother’s Day. 

WATCH ON: Netflix 

8. Freaky Friday 

THE CAST: Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis

THE PLOT: A strict mother and her rebellious teen daughter mysteriously switch bodies a few days before a family wedding. 

WATCH ON: YouTube Movies, Google Play Movies & TV

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