Movies for a Solo Mum Weekend

Flea will be spending this weekend with her Dad, which means a CHILL OUT WEEKEND. I know, right?

It’s been a busy few weeks and I am looking forward to some extended time doing nothing. My plans include a long lie-in, walking the dog, and perhaps testing the functionality of the Dominos app on my mobile phone.

Oh, and movies. A marathon of movies.

Personally I think a good movie marathon should include three movies. One should 100% be a disaster movie – something with big explosions, implausible natural disasters and Dennis Quaid, looking manly.

Next up, I look for a weepie, ideally a true life drama. When Flea was younger, there used to be a channel on Sky TV devoted to true life movies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Frankly, it’s a miracle I ever left the house. I spent most of my early 30s making this face:

This weekend, I’m thinking something like Mum’s List would fit the bill perfectly – it’s a true-life story of a Mum who is diagnosed with incurable breast cancer, and uses her final months to write down her memories.

It’s all about helping the man she loves create the best life possible for her sons, after she’s gone. They met as kids, and are soulmates – how do you carry on without your soulmate? Sniff.

Starring Emilia Fox and Rafe Spall, I think the trailer tells me that this is a perfect solo Mum movie choice. What do you reckon?

After you’ve watched something weepie, it’s essential to wrap up your marathon with a cheer-up movie. I’ve been waiting for a few weeks now to re-watch Bring it On, the slightly dodgy cheerleader movie with Kirsten Dunst. Flea and I have been working for months on memorising the cheerleading routine (true story) and it always makes me laugh.

So there you have it. My perfect movie marathon. Just add Nachos, several dozen mugs of coffee, and a phone that doesn’t ring all weekend.


Mum’s List is out on DVD March 20th, 2017. You can pre-order the movie here from Amazon and on iTunes. 


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. 17th March 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Oh my goodness, I’m glad you’re going to watch a chirpy film after this, sounds like a hardcore weepy one. I’m waiting for the opportunity to watch Bridget Jones’s Baby, can’t remember the last time I watched a film.
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    • Sally
      19th March 2017 / 7:45 pm

      Oh, I completely adore a weepie film.

    • Sally
      19th March 2017 / 7:45 pm

      Hmm. I’m unconvinced about Bridget, sorry!

  2. 19th March 2017 / 4:04 pm

    OK, you now have me wanting to have a movie marathon. I am totally with you on the disaster movie front, San Andreas has been my recent go-to on that front. I have a feeling we actually own a copy of Bring It On somewhere, off to have a rummage!
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    • Sally
      19th March 2017 / 7:44 pm

      We ended up with Jurassic World, which was perfect.

  3. 19th March 2017 / 6:31 pm

    I love Bring it On. Fact.

    They got steadily worse through the sequels though.

    • Sally
      19th March 2017 / 7:44 pm

      The second one is unforgivably bad.