Jessica, Preston | May 1, 2021
Are you looking for a good movie to watch with your mom this Mother’s Day? These movies all feature famous mother/daughter pairs. Celebrate familial collaboration, excellent genes, and good ol’ fashioned nepotism with a Mother/Daughter Double Bill:
The Souvenir (2019): Honor Swinton Byrne plays a young woman who falls in love with a charming heroin addict in this coming-of-age drama and, in a feat of perfect casting, her famous mother Tilda Swinton plays her character’s mother. This isn’t the first time they pair have worked together; Swinton Byrne also had a small role as the younger version of Swinton’s character in “I Am Love” in 2009.
The Wife (2017): Glenn Close is unsurprisingly excellent as the underappreciated wife of a Nobel-winning author, but the breakout star of this film is Annie Stark, Close’s daughter, who plays the same character in flashbacks. Stark also had an uncredited cameo as the younger version of her mom’s character in Father Figures (2017).
Paris Can Wait (2016): Diane Lane plays an American woman on a flirty road trip across France in this cute comedy. Her daughter, journalist Eleanor Lambert, has a small role as her character’s daughter.
The Force Awakens (2015): Carrie Fisher famously reprised her role of Princess Leia in the long-awaited 2015 Star Wars sequel, and her daughter Billie Lourd got in on the action too, playing a member of the Resistance. After Fisher’s death, Lourd also stepped in to film a flashback scene as Princess Leia in The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
Maleficent (2014): Angelina Jolie is so excellent as the title character that the filmmakers had a hard time finding a child who wasn’t terrified of her to play the character of Young Aurora. The only child who wasn’t afraid was Jolie’s five-year-old daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, so she got the role. Two of Jolie’s other kids, Pax and Zahara, also had background roles in the film.
That’s My Boy (2012): If casting Andy Samberg as Adam Sandler’s son isn’t perfect enough casting, the filmmakers behind “That’s My Boy” went a step further: In a court scene at the beginning of the movie, Eva Amurri plays a pregnant teacher who seduced her teenaged student. Later, when her grown-up son visits her in prison, she is played by Amurri’s famous mother, Susan Sarandon.
Tiny Furniture (2010): Lena Dunham got her big break when she wrote, directed, and starred in this little indie flick about an aimless college graduate. She kept it in the family by casting her mother, artist Laurie Simmons, as her character’s mother, and her sister, Grace Dunham, as her character’s sister. Both would also go on to cameo in Dunham’s HBO series, “Girls.”
Who is your favourite famous mother/daughter pair? Would you ever want to work with your mom? Tell us in the comments below!