Happy Mother’s Day! In order of film release date, we present to you iconic movie mothers with a bad rap whose motives deserve a revisit.
Pamela Voorhees in FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)
Your Honor, Pamela is innocent for those murders! She may have done them, sure, but her hostility against horny and neglectful camp counselors is definitely warranted.
Lorraine Baines McFly in BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)
Lorraine does her best as a mother despite her timelines constantly being changed from the past, but she did accidentally fall in love with her son as a teenager.
The Queen in ALIENS (1986)
The alien queen might not even have a case against her in terms of being a mother. She has both a high human kill rate and a high offspring survival rate, which may be directly correlated.
Kate McCallister in HOME ALONE (1990)
We all know what she did: forgot about her son and left him home alone to defend against burglars during the holidays. However, there was a head count before they left in Home Alone, and in Home Alone 2 they at least remembered to bring Kevin to the airport. Vigilance is not a strong suit of the entire McCallister family.
Helen Boucher in THE WATERBOY (1998)
Although she initially believes all things Bobby loves (foosball and Vicki) to be of the devil, she comes around (not without a little spectacle) to support their relationship and let him play in the Bourbon Bowl.
Fiona in A CINDERELLA STORY (2004)
A wonderful rewrite of the wicked stepmother character, Jennifer Coolidge delivers her cutting lines with such charisma that you almost forgive her for sabotaging Hilary Duff’s acceptance to Princeton.
The Cocaine Bear in COCAINE BEAR (2023)
Did her cubs end up doing mass amounts of cocaine, which was probably not good for their health? Yes. Was it her fault? Not at all!