by Mark Schumann

The Reel Dad


Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend at the movies with some favorite films that remind how special these ladies can be.

Check out what’s available on broadcast and cable television.


Friday May 12


Sally Field —

Forrest Gump (1994)

Sally Field plays a most caring mother of a most special son in this Oscar winner from director Robert Zemeckis. Yes, life is like a box of chocolates.

4:30 p.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday VH1







Queen Latifah

Chicago (2002)

Queen Latifah is the “mother of the prison” in this Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Broadway musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Catherine Zeta-Jones also won an Oscar.

8 p.m. Flix

2 p.m. Sunday




The Graduate (1967)

Anne Bancroft is a most unconventional mother in this classic comedy directed by Oscar winner Mike Nichols. Yes, here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson. Dustin Hoffman costars.

8 p.m. TCM


Saturday May 13


Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Sally Field again plays a mother, only this time she’s less an inspiration than an impediment to Robin Williams’ efforts to stay connected to his children after a divorce. And he gets an idea.

11:10 a.m. FreFm


Maureen O’Hara

The Parent Trap

Maureen O’Hara is the loving mother of a girl who accidentally meets her twin sister at camp. It seems the parents each took a child after the divorce. But Walt Disney has other ideas.

12 noon and 5 p.m. CMT


Sunday May 14


The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Meryl Streep shines as a grand dame of business who finds herself challenged by the realities of motherhood. Thank goodness she has a dutiful assistant to help her play the role.

11 a.m. and 8:50 p.m. Flix


The Blind Side (2009)

Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for portraying a strong-willed mother who opens her heart and home to a young man in desperate need. Bullock shines as she reveals how good people can be.

12 noon and 9 p.m. CMT


Faye Dunaway

Mommie Dearest (1981)

Faye Dunaway was scorned for this vicious portrayal of legendary actress Joan Crawford. But it’s a lot of fun to watch especially when Faye goes over-the-top with maternal intuition.

12 noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. IFC


Stepmom (1998)

Susan Sarandon shines as a woman who devotes her life to her children and tries to protect them from the instincts of the new lady in her ex-husband’s life. Julia Roberts costars.

12 noon Sundance


Mildred Pierce (1945)

Joan Crawford won an Oscar for her multi-layered look at a career woman who regrets how she parents her children. Crawford invests in the role with the gusto of a true movie star.

2 p.m. TCM


Into the Woods (2014)

Meryl Streep sings her way through an Oscar-nominated performance as a witch of a woman who still loves the daughter she sent away. Stephen Sondheim’s musical hums on screen.

5:15 p.m. TBS


Imitation of Life (1959)

Lana Turner delivers one of her strongest performance as a self-absorbed career woman who experiences the outcome of dismissing her daughter for many years. Sandra Dee costars.

5:45 p.m. TCM