monday movie meme

Play along with the Bumbles.

This week's movie topic is all about movies that contain a form of illness as its theme or feature a character who is sick or diseased.

A couple films popped into my mind--Steel Magnolias, Stepmom, and My Life.

Steel Magnolias is a true chick flick--laughter, tears and a tight bond among the characters. Plus, Shelby's illness is threaded throughout the film.

My Life is a Michael Keaton and Nicole Kidman film based on a man's odyssey to fight kidney cancer and document his life for his unborn child.

Stepmom is the story of Susan Sarandon's character learning to accept and befriend Julia Roberts as the stepmom of her children, as she battles a terminal illness.


Princess LadyBug said...

STEEL MAGNOLIAS is a hard movie for me. The first time I saw it (not long after it came out in 1989) I hadn't been diagnosed yet. It was a good movie, but other than touching me in a general way it didn't have any lasting meaning for me. The next time I saw it was weeks after my diagnosis. I'd forgotten that Shelby had diabetes. And I'd forgotten that my Mommy had never seen it. I don't know what was tougher. Watching a movie that illustrated my own shortened mortality. Or watching my Mommy come to grips with the fact that her only daughter could very well go down a similar path one day.

I've watched it many times since then. It never fails to make me cry. But it also never fails to make me laugh. And to make me grateful for all the years I've had since I first saw it. I don't tend to watch it with people who are close to me though. Watching them watch the movie is just too much for me.

The Bumbles said...

I loved My Life. Such a refreshing but sad perspective.

Oh - and Steel Magnolias is NOT a chick flick! It is just an incredible story that happens to feature women :0)

The Gal Herself said...

StepMom is a great choice. I love the idea that two women can parent together because it's right for the kids. Maybe it's because I'm a barren spinster, but I think it's an inspiring notion.