Interesting Fan Theories From Movies About Moms That Make Us Want To Rewatch

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Of all the movie genres out there, one major favorite amongst fans will always be movies about moms. Motherhood and maternal figures in film has been a staple for years, whether it's about moms protecting their families or the bond between them, people are forever interested. From unanswered questions to character quirks, some passionate fans managed to come up with some interesting theories surrounding the best movies about moms.

Check out these fan theories from movies about moms below, and don't forget to vote!

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    20 VOTES

    Merida's Mother Had Been To The Witch Before In 'Brave'

    From Redditor u/Avenkal19:

    I was watching Brave with my daughter when I noticed something. When the daughter and mother are standing in the ring of stones trying to figure out where to go the mother goes down the right path. I figure that for some reason not mentioned in the movie she visited the witch in the past.

    20 votes
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    11 VOTES

    Donna Might Have Been Pregnant Before Sleeping With Sam Or Bill In 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again'

    From Redditor u/IAmFrickkin12:

    In Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, during the storm scene, moments before Donna first meets Sam and over a week before sleeping with Bill she grabs her stomach, possibly implying that she already is pregnant and Harry is the father.

    11 votes
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    The Events Of 'Hereditary' Take Place Within Annie's Miniature House

    The Events Of 'Hereditary' Take Place Within Annie's Miniature House
    Photo: A24

    From Redditor u/JonSilva:

    Annie's Coping Mechanism. I know the "it happened inside the main character's head" theory is far too overused, but I think this might be the case for Hereditary.

    Annie states in the film her mother suffered from DID – disassociative identity disorder, her brother killed himself because of schizophrenia, and Annie, herself, sleepwalks. She goes into some detail about waking up seconds before lighting her children and herself on fire.

    Hereditary is about personal demons manifesting into literal ones and, no matter how hard we try, those demons will get passed down from generation to generation.

    I felt as though the film is Annie's descent into madness after the death of her daughter at the hands of her son. Though some details might have been embellished, the vast majority of what happens up until Charlie's death happens as is. Everything that happens afterward is Annie trying to find peace and failing miserably due to declining mental health.

    Here are some details I can point out (though, since I only saw the film once, I might be missing a few):

    •The opening shot lingers on the shed – where the final moments of the film take place – and slowly pans into Annie's miniature room where we pan right into a miniature version of her home and Peter's room (her son).

    •The cinematography lends to this theory with the use of some tilt-shift lens to create a miniaturized effect on sceneries.

    •Annie is recreating moments, people, places, and things that weigh some impact on her. From the recreation of her own house to the car accident, Annie is creating a miniaturized version of her world.

    •The light beam that guides Charlie and Peter in various scenes could be Annie's magnifying glass hitting the light and reflecting back at them.

    •The final shot has this tilt-shift effect to make Peter/Charlie's ritual look like dolls.

    Annie is trying her best to cope with the loss of her daughter by trying to find solace through her miniatures but is driven by depression and failing mental health, which lends to the diabolical nature of the film's subject matter. Plus the scene after Joanie shows Annie how to communicate with the dead. Before Annie is about to leave, Joanie has these mirrors set at angles that look like windows with Joanie's face peering in.

    From Redditor u/DeeESSmuddafuqqa:

    This theory has to be the case. Other hints could be:

    • the effigy at the end looks like an ikea Gestalta (wooden figurine)
    • The Charlie-made style of the dolls in bird house at the end
    • Annie floating is her being carried
    • The lighting in the house seems more feint then direct sunlight/moonlight
    • Peter being contorted in class is him being bent
    • Peter seeing his reflection smiling is because his model self only has one facial mood
    • The switching from night to day seems like a light switch
    • The click noise Charlie makes is like a light switch
    20 votes
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    11 VOTES

    Ripley’s Psychic Abilities Are Why The Xenomorphs Are Attracted To Her In 'Aliens'

    From Redditor u/Ganja_Gorilla:

    tldr: Ripley’s psychic abilities are why the xenomorphs are attracted to her and a major reason she has survived so long.

    Just started watching the Alien movies again. This struck me as a possibility but I haven’t gathered loads of evidence yet.

    Ripley often makes decisions and calls that seem very odd. She doesn’t have information that would warrant the course of action she makes, but everything works out by falling into place.

    The psychic/empathic element could also play into Ripley’s relationship with androids; because she can’t get a read on them she remains cold and unsure. This could also play into why xenomorphs and Architects instantly destroy androids instead of using them.

    In Alien, Ripley refuses to let a face-hugged crew member onto the ship citing quarantine regulations. This is before any exposure to the xenomorphs and before their capabilities are known. Vickers in Prometheus is the only other captain to make this kind of move, but for Vickers it is out of self-preservation and in response to a much more typical disease scenario.

    In Aliens, Ripley communicates with the queen to let her and Newt escape. When an egg starts to open, Ripley looks disappointed at the queen as if she realized her intentions weren’t to let them go. (Ok not really psychic or empathic but she still knew just what to do)

    Alien 3 Ripley begins to show a more obvious empathic bond to the xenomorphs: waking during an attack, nightmares, bleeding when one is birthed elsewhere. Ripley also gets the idea to scan herself after calling an alien’s bluff and trying to get it to attack her.

    In Resurrection the empathic link with the Xenomorphs is expanded. The way xenomorph DNA got mixed up with Ripley’s is in the same vein as the splicing the architects were doing in the prequels.

    11 votes
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    18 VOTES

    Mother Is The Devil In 'Mother!'

    From Redditor u/_apunyhuman_:

    TL;DR Mother not Mother Nature, she is the devil, maybe some sympathy is warranted.

    I'm seeing a lot of people reading Mother! and casting Jennifer Lawrence's Mother into the role of Mother Nature, Gaia, etc. I disagree. Aronofsky has said this is a straight Biblical allegory:

    “I would say every single beat and character is related to the Bible in order—all the way throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament.”

    Mother Nature doesn't appear in the Bible - so who exactly is Jennifer Lawrence playing? Obviously, there are direct parallels to Mary cough the baby cough. But throughout most of the movie, she is an Angel, and (specifically) her analog is mainly Lucifer.

    For instance – angels were created before man – if Ed Harris is Adam and Jennifer Lawrence is there before him, then she’s not a human allegory in this. Like every angel, she is a servant (she cooks, she cleans, she tends house while God “creates”) and the Father’s most trusted one (in this case by dint of being the only one).

    The basement – the underworld – is her domain, and ends up being the source point for the fire. Oh, and who besides Jennifer Law\rence and Javier Bardem go down into the basement? Why it’s Michelle Pfeiffer – Eve – left alone to talk with Lucifer while God and Adam are off on a walk.

    She grows increasingly jealous of Javier Bardem’s time with the humans and keeps asking him to send them away.

    Jennifer Lawrence gives direction but nobody listens (in fact, they often do the opposite, “leave this house” “don’t fight” “don’t lean on the sink” “leave me alone” [interaction with the sleazy guy] “give me my baby”, etc.) It’s as if she brings out the worst in people – maybe tempting them to disobey.

    In fact, she is a force of destruction either explicitly (the end), accidentally, (the tea cup) or indirectly (leaving the door knob out that Domnhall Gleeson – aka Cain – later uses to kill his brother), and can't seem to escape the cycle.

    And, at the end of the movie, how does that fire start by the way? Because she rejects Him. She rejects his word and decides to bring it all down, making good on her earlier promise to "take care of the apocalypse".

    Lastly, it speaks to the duality of Christianity. Lucifer doesn’t hate God, he loves God selfishly. Lucifer doesn’t see the people as deserving of God’s love (and I’m not sure the movie makes a good case that they are deserving of that love either). They need each other – God is so busy creating he is absent from the day-to-day. Lucifer is the actor, the instigator. When Harris and Pfeiffer break the crystal - Lawrence casts them out while Bardem mourns. That is the heart of the conflict for both Lawrence/Bardem and Lucifer/God. Jennifer Lawrence and Lucifer exist to support and serve, but it isn't enough for Bardem/God and it never will be. Lucifer must rebel and God must create. There is never any progress – only process – until the end comes, and then the work begins again.

    18 votes
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    Annie's Anger At Her Son In 'Hereditary' Is Exasperated By The Demon Controlling him

    Annie's Anger At Her Son In 'Hereditary' Is Exasperated By The Demon Controlling him
    Photo: A24

    From Redditor u/baby_hooper:

    TL;DR Something controlling Peter has been making him look like he's smirking when he's actually really sad, that further mentally breaks the Graham family, making them easier targets for the Paemon cult

    In Hereditary, we find out the Graham family is being terrorized by a cult that worships the Demon King Paemon. Supernatural and straight-up manipulation leads the family unwillingly down a path of mental decay and self-destruction until they're weak and scared and terrorized enough for the cult and Paemon to fully take over the house and their family.

    There are plenty of subtle ways this happens, but one that I saw that no one has mentioned is Peter's face.

    During one of the most intense scenes of the movie, the Graham family's eating dinner and the mom, Annie, has a slight nervous breakdown and emotionally dumps on her son, Peter. Most notably, she yells at him for having "that f*cking face on your face... so full of disdain and resentment and always so annoyed."

    She makes slight digs at her son Peter the entire scene, and Peter is feeling hurt and sad and genuinely asks his mother what's wrong, and she said she doesn't want to tell him "so I can watch you sneer at me."

    But this is so weird, because we don't see him sneering or looking anything but super sad and hurt himself that he accidentally killed his sister. But what we find out in the classroom scene, is that Peter's face has looked like this for quite some time. Peter sees his reflection in the classroom and finally got a glimpse at what he looks like to everyone else, and he is sneering. But he's not doing it, something is controlling him and his body to act on its own even though he's broken and hurting inside.

    Anyway, that hurt is what eventually drove Annie to try the exorcism, which invited the demonic into the house even more, and the rest is history.


    8 votes