Parenthood is a huge step in life, and it comes with much chaos, ups and downs. From learning how to change diapers to supporting your teenage child through the challenges of school, a parent never gets bored.
There are plenty of movies that masterfully capture the experience of parenthood, whether it is through a comedic lens or through more poignant explorations of what being a good parent means. Read on to discover 10 movies that perfectly capture the ups and downs of parenthood!
- Knocked up
In this formidable rom com led by the comedy dynamic duo Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen we learn about jobless, lazy Ben and driven, successful Alison. They meet on a night out and have a one-night stand before going their separate ways, only to reunite a few weeks later as it’s revealed that Alison is pregnant. This movie shows us with a comedic approach the rollercoaster of figuring out how to prepare for an unexpected child!
- Good neewz
This comedy stars Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Diljeeth Dosanjh and Kiara Advani who play two couples who are trying to conceive a baby via IVF treatment. They’re very different couples who see the world in very different ways, but their fates become intertwined as a doctor’s mix up means each woman is impregnated by the other couple’s men.
- Life as we know it
Eric and Holly do not get on well since they had a disastrous blind date, but fate intertwines their lives as they’re handed custody of their common friend’s child. Soon they find themselves navigating the domestic life as they build a home together, learning how to get on with each other and soon even falling in love. This domestic bliss doesn’t last for very long though, but you’ll have to watch the movie to find out what happens.
Parenthood is probably the best movie about parenthood that exists to this day by exploring the bleak visions of being a parent through a comedic lens.
The movie explores the lives of the Buckman family, as they deal with their relatives, their jobs and the pressures of raising well rounded children.
Juno is a classic that depicts the struggles of having to grow up very quickly and make adult decisions whilst still being a teenager. Juno discovers that she’s pregnant after her first sexual experience, and she embarks on a journey to find the perfect adoptive parents.
- Crazy, Stupid, Love
This movie explores how relationships can change overtime and turn up side down once a baby comes into the picture. This movie follows the story of Cal Weaver, who suddenly becomes single after finding out his wife has been cheating on him. Crazy, Stupid, Love teaches us that a relationship changing isn’t the end of the world!
Tallullah is a darker comedy that explores the concept of bad motherhood. Starring Elliot Page as Tallullah, they steal a baby from a disinterested mother and convince their ex-boyfriend’s mother (Margot) to give them a place to stay under the false narrative that the baby is Margot’s grandchild. They all bond as they create a home together, but the baby’s biological mother has other plans!
- Baby Mama
This movie explores the life of successful businesswoman Kate, who decides to have a child but quickly finds out she’s unable to due to infertility issues. She hires a working class woman who comes to live with her as her surrogate, but naturally their personalities clash.
- Due Date
Father to be Peter is forced to share a ride with aspiring actor Ethan from Atlanta to Los Angeles to make it for the due date of his unborn child. What ensues is a chaotically hilarious road trip.
- Friends with Kids
This movie explores the changes in relationships when parenting, as two friends notice how their other friends lose their sexual desires as soon as they have kids, so they carry out an experiment to have a child but remain friends and date other people.
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