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Mother’s Day is right around the corner and while you can always celebrate with the usual brunch and flowers, IFC has a whole other way for you to appreciate your Mom that doesn’t involve taking her to see Gary Marshall’s Mother’s Day. To get you in the spirits, IFC will be playing Mommie Dearest for 24 hours straight (and trust me, that movie will really make you appreciate your mom).
IFC will be airing the 1981 autobiographical film Mommie Dearest for 24 whole hours - from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. – this Sunday. Based on the tell-all novel from Christina Crawford, Mommie Dearest stars Faye Dunaway as Crawford’s mother Joan, who is pretty much one of the worst mothers to ever exist in real life. If you’ve never seen the film, now you’ve got 24 whole hours worth of chances to see a woman beat her child with a coat hanger, cut off her hair to humiliate her, and laugh about beating her daughter in a swimming race. Yeah, I said it’d make your mom look good.
Of course, IFC isn’t the only channel that will be playing mother themed movies for Mother’s Day. Sundance will be playing a horror themed selection of movies with classic picks like Rosemary’s Baby and Psycho to make you wish that you called home a little more often. There’s also El Rey, who have put together a list of films like the Kill Bill series, Tank Girl and Enemy Mine. Not exactly the cheeriest of movies. And it’s pretty odd how all the notable movies about mothers I can think of all involve horror and murder in some way.
I don’t think I’d ever be able to watch most of these films with my mother, but I’d rather cringe through Mommie Dearest then sit through an hour and a half of Mother’s Day. So, after you’ve taken your mom out to breakfast and you’ve given her a gift that symbolizes how much you love and appreciate her for bringing you into this crazy world, sit on the couch together and watch Faye Dunaway freak at her daughter and force her to clean a bathroom floor that wasn’t even dirty in the first place.
With all this talk of mother’s in film, who is your favorite on screen mother? I’d have to go with Sarah Connor, but let us know you’re pick in the comments section below.