Be Thankful That You Weren’t Raised By These Awful Movie Moms

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On Mother’s Day, we take the time to call our mothers, send flowers, and attend overpriced brunches. We do it to celebrate all that is good about our mothers. In contrast, cinema finds stories more interesting when it celebrates horrific mothers, the kind of mothers that make your mom look like June Cleaver in comparison.

The bad mom is a classic archetype. Euripides hit the jackpot when he wrote the story of Medea, who killed her children, cooked...


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