"Childlessness is about to come bursting out of the closet."
--Madelyn Cain, Utne Reader
Parent Not Breeder Movies
These movies feature strong, well-meaning, loving parents, not immature breeders. These parents may not be perfect but they do what they can to nuture their children.
- As Good As it Gets
(Carol, Carol's Mother)
- Basketball Diaries
- Birdcage, The
"Don't worry about that. I'm very maternal. And Albert's practically a breast. "
- Beyond Silence
(William Wallace's Father)
- Brief History of Time, A
- Drugstore Cowboy
"I truly feel pity for you both. You are grown up now! And yet you still act as children, who want to do nothing but run and play. You cannot run and play all your life, Diane!"
(Newton Davis' Parents)
(Sonja Zat, The Somers')
- Last Days at Chez Nous
- Life Is Sweet
(Well Meaning but Verbally Destructive Parents Wendy and Andy Mend Their Ways)
- Little Women
"Jo, you have so many extraordinary gifts; how can you expect to lead an ordinary life? You're ready to go out and - and find a good use for your talent. Tho' I don't know what I shall do without my Jo. Go, and embrace your liberty. And see what wonderful things come of it."
- Lovely and Amazing
- Man For All Seasons, A
(Sir Thomas More)
- Map of the World, A
- Manny and Lo
- Map of the World, A
- Moll Flanders
Cosmo Castorini: "A man understands one day that his life is built on nothing, and that's a bad, crazy day."
Rose: "Your life is not built on nothing! Te amo. "
- One Hour Photo
- Ordinary People
"Don't admire people too much, they might disappoint you."
(Alex and Martha)
- Quiz Show
(Charles Van Doren)
"Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question, I hope they are asking you the meaning of life. "
- Royal Tenenbaums, The
Ethel: "Well, I don't think it's very intelligent to keep an electrical gadget on the edge of the tub."
Margot: [in bath] "I tie it to the radiator. "
Dr. Peter Flynn: "I understand you're a neurosurgeon."
Bert Fischer: "No, I'm a barber, but a lot of people make that mistake. "
- Safe Passage
- Second Best
"I know where you've gone. I know where you're hiding. To have nothing, to feel nothing, to be nothing. It doesn't work, I've tried it. Anything's possible, Jamie, except feeling nothing. That's never possible. "
- Searching for Bobby Fischer
Bonnie: "He's not afraid of losing. He's afraid of losing your love. How many ball players grow up afraid of losing their fathers' love every time they come up to the plate?"
Fred: "All of them!"
Bonnie: "He knows you disapprove of him. He knows you think he's weak. But he's not weak. He's decent. And if you or Bruce or anyone else tries to beat that out of him, I swear to God I'll take him away."
- Sitting Pretty
(Mr. Belvedere, Babysitter)
- Sixth Sense, The
- Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, A
- Spitfire Grill, The
- Ulee's Gold
"There's all kinds of weakness in the world, not all of it is evil. I forget that from time to time. "