My mother would have preferred a mother more like Beulah Bondi in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
My daughters would have preferred a mother more like Susan Sarandon in “Little Women” or Natasha Richardson in “The Parent Trap.”
Much as I love Barbara Stanwyck in “Stella Dallas” and Claudia McNeil in “Raisin in the Sun,” I would have preferred a mother more like Frances McDormand in “Almost Famous” or like Marcia Gay Harden in “Whip It” than the one I had and loved and was more like Debbie Reynolds in Albert Brooks’ “Mother.”
I’ve been reading Richard Corliss’ “Mom in the Movies,” a sprightly survey of cinemamas, as though it were a catalogue of mail-order moms.
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