Anna and I both love movies. All kinds of movies. We quote movie dialogue like you would not believe, and during some of these movies, we've had some of our best, most connected mother-daughter moments.
"I love this scene. I watch this movie every Mother's Day because this scene says it all."
"She's rolling on a bathroom floor, crying and saying 'Thank you.' I don't get it."
"That's because you're not a mom yet, Anna. She just killed a buttload of people, battled for her life and came through it all with the one thing she wanted: her daughter. And now she's crying tears of pure joy and saying 'Thank you' to whatever and whoever made that happen."
"Watch it again, when you have a kid. Promise me."
Yes, reader, that's right. Anna and I watch "Kill Bill" together. She's always had a good head on her shoulders where movies are concerned (and in general), and at thirteen, I'm cool with her watching R-rated movies.
That being said (meaning, some of these might not be appropriate for your child - look them up first), I have a list of a few of our favorites, and I think they're really good Mother/Daughter fun. Here's the list, in no particular order:
Pitch Perfect - Just plain fun. And a good study on "you have to be a friend to get one." Plus you can sing along at the top of your lungs (Related: Mamma Mia and Grease).
Easy A - This is a very funny movie about a girl who sees a little lie go way too far. Her family dynamic is awesome, and we watch this one a lot.
Charmed - We started watching the series on Netflix when I saw it was on there, and now we catch up on an episode every week or so. It's wonderful, campy fun with bad special-effects and we love it. Girl power!
Valentine's Day - If you didn't catch this one, it got panned by the critics, but it's a charming piece of fluff that studies multiple romantic relationships on Valentine's Day. We call it "The adorable movie."
Final Destination - I had to include a horror movie because it's Anna's favorite genre, and I'll add all three of the sequels in, too. Once again, good and campy, and the way death goes about getting each person had us both shrieking for days after each viewing at any odd coincidence that happened to us, which just added to the fun.
I'll keep on adding to the list, but these are the ones that come immediately to mind. Movies have been a great conversation starter for us, and when you've got a teenager, any conversation where you're not yelling at each other is gold.