|Julianne Moore and Hugh Grant in Nine Months|
Of all the family-oriented entertainment there is to choose from, only a fraction of the movies about parenthood portray it realistically. Realistic portrayals give us a glimpse into our own lives, with characters that we recognize. Some of the best examples we can think of are listed below – 10 of the most realistic movies about parenting:
- Parenthood (1989) – This Steve Martin vehicle manages to be funny and heart-warming, without descending into a saccharine formulaic cliché. The characters and relationships are genuine, and resonate with us.
- The Kids Are All Right (2010) – A movie that explores family life as it more frequently tends to be like. Committed relationships vs. marriage, career conflicts, and children from previous marriages, etc. It shows us that despite the lack of the white picket fence ideal, the kids are indeed alright.
- Baby Boom (1987) – Working-girl yuppie J.C. Wiatt (Diane Keaton) has an unexpected baby and thus confronts the challenge of balancing motherhood with a career. How she inherits her parental duties may not ring quite so true with the average mom, but they will certainly identify with how she must adapt.
- Nine Months (1995) – For every confirmed bachelor who has had to face responsibility and man up as a parent, this one is an entertaining journey into familiar territory. Hugh Grant’s girlfriend gets pregnant, which sheds a stark light on the lifestyle he’s chosen to that point.
- She’s Having A Baby (1988) – Newlywed couple (Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth McGovern) have barely gotten their heads wrapped around the idea of marriage and lifelong commitment when baby is about to make three. Watch how this next level forces them to examine expectations, self-doubts and fears.
- Thirteen (2003) – On the grittier end of the spectrum comes the story of a single mother and her 13-year old daughter, whose introduction into a world of drugs, sex and crime strike a chord of reality with parents everywhere..