We Spend Mother’s Day Talking Scenes My Mom Loves

By  · Published on May 13th, 2012

Today is Mother’s Day. Don’t worry, we’ll wait while you go and pick up that last minute gift (Amazon gift cards are great at this point) and take a few moments to call your mom and tell her you love her. It’s something that I did earlier today, taking a few moments to check in with the most important lady around, my Mom. And while talking to Mom meant explaining why I don’t call so often and hearing gossip about all the family members I call even less, it also meant talking about our latest favorites in the world of film and television. Because that’s what we do, Mom and I. We talk about the shows we’re watching, she asks me about the movies she should see in theaters and I implore her to read the Game of Thrones books because they are so much better than those Sookie Stackhouse books she reads. This is my relationship with my beloved mom, we share experiences over the 1,400 mile gap between Austin, TX and Cleveland, OH. We used to do the same thing when I was a kid, and the gap was the 30 feet between my room and my parents’ bedroom. We’ve always just liked watching movies together. I’ve long held to the notion that it wasn’t comic books or anti-socialism that got me into the world of pop culture, it was my Mom.

So on Mom’s day, I’d like to take a moment to celebrate her favorites in our weekly edition of Scenes We Love. During our Mother’s Day chat, I asked Mom to give me a few of her favorite scenes of all-time. After a few moments of hesitation and “oh, I don’t know”s, she lit up and began listing off scene after scene from some of her favorite films. What came of it was 5 movies that I’ve enjoyed as well, in the company of mom. And one – hint: it has dragons – that I’ll probably watch this afternoon in her honor. Here’s to you, Mom. A list of Scenes You Love…

Pride and Prejudice

Never has a shot of Matthew Macfadyen walking through a dawn-struck field been so tender and emotional. Said to be among the more romantic scenes of all-time (according to sources consulted for this article), Mr. Darcy’s morning stroll gets the tear-ducts on Mom rolling every single time.

Phantom of the Opera

“Pretty much any time Gerry sings in Phantom,” explains Mom. As any long-time reader of Film School Rejects would note, Mom is a big fan of Gerard Butler. Keep reading this list if you don’t believe. In that vein, here’s “The Point of No Return” from Joel Schumacher’s 2004 Phantom of the Opera, in which Gerard Butler sings a duet with 16-year old Emmy Rossum as a very long-haired Patrick Wilson looks on in shock. Oh, Raoul, don’t be jealous.

Steel Magnolias

“You can’t mess up her hair…you just tease it and make it look like a brown football helmet,” this is Mom’s favorite line from Steel Magnolias. You know, the ultimate “Mom Movie.” And while I could not find that clip out there on the Internet (sorry Mom, I tried), I did find Julia Roberts as Shelby talking about her colors – blush and bashful. Because it’s just the way Sally Field says “hosed down with Pepto Bismol.”

Reign of Fire

Quick, go and find someone who doesn’t think that Reign of Fire is one of the most badass dragon movies of all-time. Then punch them, very hard. Unless it’s your mom, she gets spared, but only for today. My mom, on the other hand, loves this movie and I’ll give you two guesses as to why. You got it, it’s all about Gerard Butler. Her personal favorite scene in Rob Bowman’s 2002 film is the one in which Creedy (Butler) finally eats it in a ball of flames. My favorite moment – aka the best one I could find online – was Butler’s Creedy and Christian Bale’s Quinn reenacting the pivotal scene from Star Wars:


And finally, there’s no way to compile a list of Mom’s favorite scenes without including a bit from the Gerard Butler ab-a-thon known to most of us as Zack Snyder’s 300. She told me over the phone that I could pick any scene I wanted from this one, as clearly it’s all Gerry and it’s all good. And I try not to deny my Mom the things she wants. She did give birth to me, after all.

What scenes or films does your mom love? Or, more importantly, what scenes or films do you love watching with mom?

Neil Miller is the persistently-bearded Publisher of Film School Rejects, Nonfics, and One Perfect Shot. He's also the Executive Producer of the One Perfect Shot TV show (currently streaming on HBO Max) and the co-host of Trial By Content on The Ringer Podcast Network. He can be found on Twitter here: @rejects (He/Him)