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You don't need to have kids to relate to movies about parenting. You're bound to have an experience of some shape or form, from the memories you have of your own parents, right through to the relationship you might have with your nieces and nephews.
And even if you don't, it's still an enjoyable ride to watch an entertaining movie about the highs and lows of a subject you might not be entirely familiar with. It's all about broadening our horizons, at the end of the day.
So whether you directly relate to the matter or not, here's a handful of movies and shows about parenting you can stream on
I guarantee everyone's fancy will be tickled at least once.
Bad Mothers (Season 1)
It's safe to say that everyone who's yet to be a parent fears they'll be a terrible one. It's just human nature (or at least, I hope it is because that's how I feel).
And to be honest, even if you're struggling a tad as a new parent, you probably aren't in half the trouble the gals from
Bad Mothers are in.
The initial plot starts off like your average suburban drama: Sarah (Tess Haubrich) discovers her husband is cheating on her with her best friend Charlotte (Melissa George), so Sarah finds solace in a different group of friends.
really piqued my interest, though, was that amidst all this drama, a murder takes place. Now, I love a whodunnit just as much as the next viewer, but I particularly love a whodunnit set in Australia's version of Wisteria Lane.
Bring it on.
1 / 7
Meet The Parents (2000)
I recently revisited
Meet The Parents for the first time in a while and I can confidently report that the comedy holds up.
To be completely fair, I probably didn't have to rewatch
Meet The Parents to remember it. The story of Gaylord 'Greg' Focker ( Ben Stiller) and his wife Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo) living an actual nightmare at Pam's parents' house will forever be etched into my brain.
From Pam's dad Jack (
Robert De Niro) whipping out his lie detector test, to Greg setting the alter on fire, there isn't a second where you don't feel uncomfortable and/or thoroughly entertained.
2 / 7
Big Daddy (1999)
This time 20 years ago,
Adam Sandler was in his prime.
With Happy Gilmore, The
Wedding Singer, The Waterboy and Billy Madison all coming out in the space of four-or-so years, it was always going to be hard for Sandler to keep that momentum.
And whether he did or he didn't (he didn't), he can rest assured that
Big Daddy will forever remain a classic.
It's weird to see Cole/Dylan Sprouse play a literal child when you're watching it in 2019 (they alternated between playing the character of adopted son Julien), but it's nice to be reminded of a time when I was an innocent, unfazed children.
3 / 7
Bad Moms (2016)
I'll pay to see
Mila Kunis in quite literally anything. A good comedy, a dark thriller, a four-hour video of her speaking Russian - anything.
Her 2016 flick
Bad Moms is no exception. If you haven't seen it yet, I implore you to drop everything and watch it immediately.
Not to be confused with Bad Mothers, Bad Moms follows three perfectly capable parents who are genuinely just tired of having to meet the expectations of other judgemental mothers.
Expect to see a lot of shenanigans, a lot of normal humans making normal mistakes and a
lot of drinking.
4 / 7
I stumbled across this gem by chance and it was the happiest accident I've made in a long time.
Gifted follows Frank (Chris Evans) and his uber-smart niece, Mary (McKenna Grace), who have been comfortably living together in Florida since Mary's mum died.
Things take a nasty turn when Mary's grandma, Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan), discovers that her granddaughter is truly gifted, and pursues a custody battle solely to use Mary for her weird social agenda.
This isn't one of those movies you can watch while perusing your phone. You've been warned.
5 / 7
Matilda is one of those movies where you realise you've been incredibly spoilt your entire life.
Sure, Matilda possesses psychokinetic abilities which no one else can boast about, but her upbringing with her neglectful family, as well as the hideous Ms Trunchbull, is no way for a child to live.
The good news is that this movie has a happy ending so, despite all of the chaos and negativity, I would actually deem it a feel-good flick.
6 / 7
House Husbands (Seasons 1-5)
It amazes me that it's been over five years since
House Husbands premiered, but here we are.
The hit Aussie TV show has consistently delivered the goods, and it's refreshing to get a (relatively) new take on family living.
The show revolves around four stay-at-home dads who are just doing their best to raise their kids, and it's as wholesome as it sounds.
As an added bonus, Packed To The Rafter's Hugh Sheridan joins the cast in season four, so keep an eye out for that.
In reality, after you've binged all five seasons of House Husbands, plus every other movie and show on this list, you may feel slightly more optimistic about your own future with/around kids.
7 / 7