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Movies about parenting that are totally relatable

You know that feeling when you’ve planned a cozy movie night curled up on the sofa? The popcorn’s popped, the candy’s up, and the TV’s on. And then you sit there, hour after hour, browsing through all the movies available in the streaming world. We don’t want you to feel that way. That’s why we’ve listed 18 movies about parenting that any new parent can relate to.

18 movies that captures the realities of parenthood

What to expect when you’re expecting (2012)

IMDB: 5,7

Yeah, what can you really expect? In this star-filled comedy, we get to follow five interconnected couples on their way to becoming parents. In the best case scenario, they can answer the question for us. Worst case, we get a good laugh. 

Available on: Prime Video

Parenthood (1989)

IMDB: 7,0

To quote wishkah7 on IMDB, this is a “flick every parent should see”. Here we learn about child-rearing and parenting from four generations of Buckmans (and a whole bunch of kids of different ages). 

Streaming on: Netflix

The beginning of life (2016)

IMDB: 7,6

With the help of researchers, parents, and advances in neuroscience, this documentary explores how meeting the needs of infants shapes children – and in the long run also the future. 

Streaming on: Netflix

Stepmom (1998)

IMDB: 6,8

Isabel does her best to cope with the role of unwelcome stepmother to her boyfriend Luke’s two children. The situation comes to a head when Luke’s ex-wife, who also is the biological mother of the children, develops cancer. Warning, get your handkerchiefs ready…

Available on: Prime Video

Juno (2007)

IMDB: 7,4

A young couple, an unplanned pregnancy and an unexpected decision. In this film, we encounter everything from anticipation and longing for a child to pregnancy scares and mom-shaming. All with a twinkle in the eye, a dash of humour and a lot of warmth. 

Streaming on: Disney+

Life as we know it (2010)

IMDB: 6,5

Usually a bad blind date ends in radio silence. In this film, it ends with baby screams, as Eric and Holly suddenly gain custody of their shared goddaughter. 

Streaming on: Netflix

Arizona Junior (1987)

IMDB: 7,3

You know the Cohen Brothers and their wacky, goofy comedies? Throw on a couple constellation with an ex-cop and ex-con, an adoption of quintuplets and all the trials of toddlerhood. And we’ll see where we end up.

Streaming on: Disney+

Tallulah (2016)

IMDB: 6,7

This film challenges our ideas about “bad motherhood” in a tragicomic way. A rootless young woman kidnaps a little girl from her wealthy, cold and ignorant mother and then pretends it’s her own. 

Streaming on: Netflix

Look Who’s Talking (1989)

IMDB: 5,9

Many new parents’ innermost desire is to be able to read their baby’s mind. Weeell, we’ll see if that desire is still there after this film. Here we get to hear everything baby Mikey thinks, thinks, and feels. And some things you might not want to hear…

Available on: Prime Video

Due Date (2010)

IMDB: 6,5

It’s stressful enough becoming a parent. It’s even more stressful trying to make it to the birth in time, especially when your fate lies in the hands of an egocentric wannabe actor (played by Zach Galifianakis of The Hangover). And a Frenchie with a funnel. 

Available on: Apple TV

Captain Fantastic (2016)

IMDB: 7,9

Fatherhood ideals are challenged when a father of six, who has raised his children in the wild, is forced to return to the big city and civilization. 

Streaming on: Netflix

No Reservations (2007)

IMDB: 6,3

A successful chef is thrown into parenthood when she becomes the guardian of a nine-year-old girl. If, like me, you love food movies, this is a hit. The recipe? Good food to drool over, relatable family drama and a dash of romance. 

Available on: Prime Video

Fatherhood (2021)

IMDB: 6,6

A true story of a new father and widower raising his daughter on his own. Not to be confused with 1983’s Father Hood, about a petty criminal father who kidnaps his children and runs away with them on a bus. 

Streaming on: Netflix

Patrik, Age 1,5 (2010)

IMDB: 6,9

Two fathers will meet their adopted son for the first time. But what they think is a 1,5-year-old baby is instead a homophobic, petty criminal 15-year-old. If it clashes a little? Yep. Ps. never forget the importance of putting the comma in the right place. 

Streaming on: Netflix

Yes day (2021)

IMDB: 5,7

As a parent, you’re used to having to say no. A lot. But what would happen if you started saying yes to everything instead? Well, this. 

Streaming on: Netflix

A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)

IMDB: 6,3

It’s a turnaround for Michael when an orphan girl appears in his life. When he later adopts her, he experiences the joys and pains of parenthood, but not without challenges along the way. 

Streaming on: Disney+

Friends with kids (2012)

IMDB: 6,1

Have you also ever said to your best friend that “if we don’t have partners when we are XX years old, we will get married”. In this film, it’s something like that. Except instead of getting married, they have kids together. 

Streaming on: HBO Max

Knocked up (2007)

IMDB: 6,9

A one-night stand between career woman Allison and party animal Ben leads to a positive pregnancy test. After the big news has landed and sunk in, we get to follow them as they gradually plan and prepare for their new life as parents. 

Available on: Prime Video

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