THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE…
Congratulations, you’re a parent. Commiserations – the way you watch TV and films will never be the same again.
The mere hint of a baby in distress, or a parent being separated will cause you the kind of agony you never knew you could feel. It’s like a whole floodgate of emotions was born along with your child.
For better or worse, here’s 10 films you’ll definitely never watch the same way again…
For those of you that don’t know the premise of this film, it’s about a boy’s journey into adulthood, but its genius is that it was filmed with the same cast over a prolonged period, so you actually see them grow up in real time. It’s an emotional rollercoaster of what’s to come and you’ll find yourself uttering the words you promised you’d never say – they grow up so fast.
This must tap in to every emotion, fear and paranoia you have as a Mum.
Steve Coogan and Dame Judi Dench feature in this touching true story about children that were born out of wedlock in Ireland and sent abroad for adoption. It makes hard but good viewing.
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
We may have taken for granted the sacrifices our parents made for us. Watching this film reminds you of all those moments, the challenges of being a parent and the unconditional love you have for your child, even if American’s can’t spell happiness.
Don’t be fooled by the innocent title and premise of this being a cooking film. The real story is how a Father and Son grow apart and together following divorce <sob>. You’ll have a lump in your throat, but it does at least have a happy ending…
Abortion, adoption, depression, and belonging – this film tugs on every heartstring going. Hard enough to swallow pre-baby, even tougher once you’re a parent.
THE INBETWEENERS MOVIE
The fundamental difference between being a parent and not, can be summed up in this film. Those who are not find it hilarious; those who are (particularly to little boys) live in fear of the day their sons jet off to Malaga with the ‘Pussay Patrol’. Give us strength!
MARLEY AND ME
Ok, so it’s a film about a dog essentially! But loss is loss, and one sure sign that you’re a parent, is that you take that emotion to every table with you. So when Marley…. y’know… oh, we can’t even say the words, but you know where we’re going with this…
I was on a plane, there was nothing to watch, I saw George Clooney and I turned it on. Big mistake. This is a heart wrenching film about a family tragedy on so many levels. I felt literally broken when I watched this as a singleton, I can’t imagine the psychological damage it would do to me now. Stay away!
THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE
I get chills just thinking about this film. It will find your paranoia and go throw a party with it. The scene where the babysitter starts breastfeeding the child is one of the most uncomfortable you’ll ever watch. Maybe not one to view the day before the babysitter comes over, eh.
Mel Gibson at his finest, you’re paranoia at its highest. I guess it’s never advised to watch a film about kidnapping when emotions are high, so this is definitely one for the banned list in baby’s first year of life!