Pop the popcorn, snap open the soda cans, bring out
the blankets and begin your evening with the quintessential
single parent survival guide, Kramer v. Kramer. This Oscar-winning
classic trails the powerful and realistic trials and tribulations
of Ted, played by Dustin Hoffman, as he adjusts to life
with his son after the sudden departure of his Manhattan
housewife, Joanna, played by Meryl Streep. From pancake
disasters to dating, Ted's entire world is turned upside
down. As his domestic responsibilities change, so do his
career opportunities and priorities. Ted's left finding
the right balance between fatherhood and professional
Jerry Maguire melds comedy with romance as a sports
manager, played by Tom Cruise, is fired and tries to build
his own name. Jerry finds himself entangled with Dorothy,
a staff accountant and single mother played by Renee Zellweger,
who's complex and turbulent romance parallels Jerry's
star player as he reaches his peak. Cultural catchphrases
from the movie include "you had me at hello"
and "show me the money".
Winner of countless awards including the Academy's Best
Actress and Best Supporting Actor, Erin Brocovich, played
by Julia Roberts, portrays the dedication and charisma
of a single mother of three who, after losing a personal
injury lawsuit, sets out to discover the truth behind
countless cases filed against Pacific Gas and Electric.
This movie was based on a true story about a cover-up
threatening an entire community.
Other movies to consider during your single parent extravaganza
include Hockey Mom, Bastard out of Carolina and Beloved,
both adaptations from highly influential novels, The Cure
and A Home of Our Own. As with all movies, read the synopsis
and check ratings to ensure your selections are appropriate
for all viewers.