Solo Moms can laugh, cry, or bond over these divorce films
- Kramer vs. Kramer. This classic divorce film from the late 1970s explores the brutal impact of a couple’s divorce on their young son. Winning five Academy Awards, Kramer vs. Kramer explored not only issues of love and loss but also of the changing roles of mothers and fathers.
- The First Wives Club. This empowering comedy starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, and Bette Midler serves up the ultimate revenge fantasy for women who whose husbands left them for younger women. You may even find yourself standing up and yelling, “You go, girls!”
- Mrs. Doubtfire. This is the story of a dad in the midst of a divorce who pretends to be an elderly Scottish nanny so he can spend more time with his kids. Robin Williams, as Mrs. Doubtfire, is as hilarious and brilliant as ever and proves himself to be the responsible adult role model he was unable to be when he was married. Aside from laughs, the movie teaches important lessons about divorce (albeit in a heavy-handed way, at times). Mrs. Doubtfire reminds us that divorce is hard on everyone, and the needs of children should always come first.
- The Squid and the Whale. I may be partial to this one since it takes place in my Brooklyn neighborhood, but writer/director Noah Baumbach’s cast is incredible at portraying the complexity of divorce and its impact on the entire family.
- Under the Tuscan Sun. This is a feel-good flick for any woman who is going through a divorce. When her husband leaves her for a younger woman, writer Frances Mayes (played by the sexy Diane Lane) is depressed and unable to write. Her friend offers her a trip to Italy where she decides to buy a villa on a whim, hoping it will be just the thing she needs to change her life—and it turns out to do just that. Although this movie is pure fantasy, it reminds us that life goes on after divorce and anything is possible.
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Annette Powers is a Solo Mom who lives in Brooklyn, New York. A communications professional, she writes about divorce, coparenting, and culture in her spare time. You can follow her on Twitter @annettepowers
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