Mother-Daughter Movies

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Nobody has a perfect mother. And, despite what some pushy moms would have us believe, nobody has a perfect daughter, either. It's sometimes hard to communicate with each other, but what can you do? Should you turn to Dr. Phil, psychotropic drugs, a hit man? No! Here's the solution: It's so simple, so obvious, so painless—-the movies!

Drawing on more than twenty years of watching movies together, real-life mother and daughter Rosemary Rogers and Nell Rogers Michlin offer plot ...

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Overview

Nobody has a perfect mother. And, despite what some pushy moms would have us believe, nobody has a perfect daughter, either. It's sometimes hard to communicate with each other, but what can you do? Should you turn to Dr. Phil, psychotropic drugs, a hit man? No! Here's the solution: It's so simple, so obvious, so painless—-the movies!

Drawing on more than twenty years of watching movies together, real-life mother and daughter Rosemary Rogers and Nell Rogers Michlin offer plot synopses, cast reviews, and behind-the-scenes gossip for more than one hundred of their all-time-favorite movies, including invaluable ratings you won't find anywhere else, such as:

*Bonding Potential: Looking for serious mother-daughter time? Try one of their top picks, like Terms of Endearment, Freaky Friday, or The Joy Luck Club.

*Hunk Factor: Hannah and Her Sisters may only rate a 1 (Michael Caine and Woody Allen have other important qualities....), but School Ties, with a shirtless Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Brendan Fraser, gets a well-earned 10.

*Hankie Factor: Because sometimes we all need a good cry.

*Squirming in Your Seat Watching a Sex Scene with Your Mother/Daughter: Trust us, you'll want to know ahead of time.

Wise and witty, Mother-Daughter Movies offers a fresh perspective on life's most important issues—-from family conflict to surviving high school to understanding when tweezed eyebrows can totally change your life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312320546
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/24/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosemary Rogers is a humorist and the coauthor of several books, including

Boomer Babes: A Woman's Guide to the Middle Ages. She's married to the filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr., and lives in New York City.

Her daughter, Nell Rogers Michlin, currently lives in Los Angeles.

Christine Ernst Bode, a contributing editor for the Girls' Intelligence Agency, lives in Santa Monica, California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv
Preface xvii
1. If It's not One Thing, It's a Mother
Ever After (1998) 2
Mommie Dearest (1981) 4
Now, Voyager (1942) 6
Postcards from the Edge (1990) 8
Real Women Have Curves (2002) 11
Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) 14
White Oleander (2002) 17
Older Teens Only
American Beauty (1999) 20
Like Water for Chocolate (1993) 23
2. Daughters Behaving Badly
Freaky Friday (2003) 26
Imitation of Life (1959) 29
Mildred Pierce (1945) 31
Stepmom (1998) 33
Older Teens Only
Cruel Intentions (1999) 36
The Opposite of Sex (1998) 38
Traffic (2000) 41
3. And god Created girlfriends
A League of Their Own (1992) 46
Beaches (1988) 48
The Color Purple (1985) 50
Mystic Pizza (1988) 52
The Truth About Cats and Dogs (1996) 54
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) 57
Older Teens Only
Muriel's Wedding (1994) 60
Thelma and Louise (1991) 62
4. Is There Life after High School?
Bring It On (2000) 66
Clueless (1995) 68
How to Deal (2003) 70
Never Been Kissed (1999) 73
The Princess Diaries (2001) 75
Sixteen Candles (1984) 78
She's All That (1999) 80
Older Teens Only
Election (1999) 82
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) 84
Ghost World (2001) 87
Heathers (1989) 90
5. Girl Power
Amelie (2001) 94
Charlie's Angels (2000) 96
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) 98
Dick (1999) 101
Legally Blonde (2001) 104
A Little Princess (1995) 106
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 108
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994) 111
That Hamilton Woman (1941) 113
Whale Rider (2002) 115
Older Teens Only
Aliens (1986) 117
Fargo (1996) 120
Run, Lola, Run (1998) 122
6. Family Ties
Bend It Like Beckham (2002) 126
How to Make an American Quilt (1995) 128
The Joy Luck Club (1993) 130
Moonstruck (1987) 132
My Life as a Dog (1985) 135
Parenthood (1989) 137
William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (1996) 139
The Secret Life of Girls (1998) 141
Spellbound (2003) 144
Terms of Endearment (1983) 146
Dirty Dancing (1987) 148
Older Teens Only
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) 152
Two Women (La Ciociara) (1960) 154
A Walk on the Moon (1999) 156
7. There's no Place Like Home?
An American Rhapsody (2001) 160
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) 162
Far from Heaven (2002) 164
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) 166
Tuck Everlasting (2002) 169
Older Teens Only
All About My Mother (1999) 171
The Matrix (1999) 173
One True Thing (1998) 176
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1996) 179
8. Sisterhood
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) 182
Little Women (1994) 184
Pride and Prejudice (1996) 186
Sense and Sensibility (1995) 188
Older Teens Only
Manny and Lo (1996) 191
The Virgin Suicides (2000) 193
9. Sex and the Single Mom
Anywhere but Here (1999) 198
Chocolat (2000) 200
Indochine (1992) 202
Mermaids (1990) 205
Mostly Martha (2002) 207
Mr. Skeffington (1944) 209
Tumbleweeds (1999) 211
10. Men are from ... Somewhere Else
About a Boy (2002) 214
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) 216
Desert Bloom (1986) 218
Say Anything (1989) 220
School Ties (1992) 223
The Stepford Wives (1975) 225
What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993) 227
Older Teens Only
The Good Girl (2002) 230
Rosemary's Baby (1968) 232
Saturday Night Fever (1977) 234
11. Goddesses and Other Mortals
All About Eve (1950) 240
The Barefoot Contessa (1954) 242
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) 244
Double Indemnity (1944) 247
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) 250
Gone With the Wind (1939) 252
Jules et Jim (1961) 255
12. Briefly Noted: The Big Fat Lies
The Best of Everything (1959) 259
Disclosure (1994) 260
Indecent Proposal (1993) 260
Flashdance (1983) 260
Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) 260
Maid in Manhattan (2002) 260
Pretty Woman (1990) 261
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) 261
Splendor in the Grass (1961) 261
Striptease (1996) 261
That Touch of Mink (1962) 261
An Unmarried Woman (1978) 262
Any Woody Allen Movie 262
Index 263
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