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Mommie Dearest

Mommie Dearest Mimosa Mother’s Day This Sunday!

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A Frida Cinema tradition returns as we whip out the mimosas to celebrate Mother’s Day 2024 with The Mother of All Bad Movies, Mommie Dearest!

Director Frank Perry’s 1981 classic is based on the explosive autobiography of Christina Crawford, the adopted daughter of famed classic Hollywood actress, Joan Crawford. Actresses Mara Hobel and Diana Scarwid play Christina, who chronicles her and her brother Christopher’s unstable life with their narcissistic mother, Joan (Faye Dunaway), and her manic and abusive behavior, fueled by both her ambition and her alcoholism. Despite Joan publicly portraying their life as perfect, the living hell that was life at the Crawford home is given a somewhat unintentional campy frame by director Frank Perry, coupled with over-the-top melodramatic performances, and of course, more than a few memorable breakdowns – and classic lines – by Dunaway.

On top of being initially panned by critics and winning six Razzie awards (including Worst Picture and Worst Picture of the Decade), the legacy of cult classic phenomenon Mommie Dearest includes shattering Joan Crawford’s legacy as a Hollywood icon to one of pop culture’s most cold-hearted and abusive mothers.

Mommie Dearest screens Sunday, May 12th.


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