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The Greatest Movie Mom
by Tim Josephs

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So, Mother's Day is this Sunday, and that, along with my Mom's birthday in a couple of weeks, got me thinking about movie moms. Of course there have been some great ones in all different shapes and sizes. Ones that were funny, sweet, scary, dangerous, and everything in between. But, for my money, the movie mom I would most want to have is Mrs. Katie Bueller, Ferris' mom. So, why is she the greatest movie mom of them all?

1. She's Caring

Mrs. Bueller is extremely concerned about her son's health and wellbeing. She even nearly stays home from work to
take care of him (which, probably would've had a drastic effect on the plot of the movie).

2. She's Trusting

Not for one moment does she think that Ferris is faking sick. ("They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my career and they never doubted it for a second.")

3. She Defends Her Son

When Mr. Rooney calls to tell her that Ferris has been absent nine times, she refuses to believe him. ("I can assure you that Ferris is a very sick boy.")

4. She Favors Her Son

Okay, maybe this isn't such a great quality, but if
you're the son it definitely is. Although Jeanie got the car, Ferris certainly seems to be the favorite of both Mr. and Mrs. Bueller. But perhaps that has more to do with Jeanie being a bitch most of the time.

5. She's Oblivious

Let's face it, growing up, we all did stuff we weren't supposed to do, and we all tried to put things over on our parents. Sure, you don't want a totally negligent or apathetic parent, but it's certainly nice to be able to get away with stuff without getting caught. Mrs. Bueller fits that bill nicely.

6. She's a Good Role

Do you think Ferris would have had the relationship he had with Sloane without seeing how a good one works? Both Mr. and Mrs. Bueller seem affectionate and caring towards one another.

7. She's Loving

At the end of the day, isn't this the most important quality you want from your mom? When she gets home from a long day of work (as well as bailing Jeanie out of the clink), all she can think about is tending to her sick boy. ("How did you get to be so sweet?")

Happy Mother's Day, Mrs. Bueller, and to all moms out there, both real and fictional.

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Thoughts, observations, conjectures, complaints about movies and mostly how they relate to me personally. If you're looking for something a little broader, try Ebert.

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Tim Josephs
Born to write (literally much to the displeasure of his mother, he emerged with a pencil clutched in one tiny fist), Tim spends most of his days crafting epic monosyllabic poems, new comical titles to his favorite Beatles' songs (Hey, Dude), and angry letters to local businesses that have wronged him in some way. He's really an okay guy once you get to know him.

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