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Most Hilarious One-Liners From America’s Favorite Movie Moms

Redbox polled its customers about the funniest moms in movies. Check out these hilarious one-liners and see if the quote from your favorite movie mom made the list!

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacationvia

“I don’t know what to say, except it’s Christmas and we’re all in misery.”

Beverly D’Angelo delivers this line with perfectly placid irony as the long-suffering Ellen Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Then, she lights up a cigarette, representing moms who stay calm and carry on no matter what. Check out this classic comedy when you need a reminder about how to create a fantastic, stress-free Christmas light display. Want more of moms keeping it real–here are 13 things your mother-in-law won’t tell you.

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“Oh, a washing machine! But Dean, it’s so expensive.”

Goldie Hawn plays a millionaire with amnesia who’s duped into thinking she’s a mother-of-four married to a poor “sweaty carpenter” played by Kurt Russell. The cult classic Overboard from 1987 features the real-life movie star couple in a romance about a high-class snob brought down to the muck. You’ll love the scene when Hawn attempts to cook a chicken, or when she tells off the kids’ teacher, “My husband may be a ‘large child,’ but that’s none of your business! And my children may be rotten, but they’re mine.” If you’re still in the mood for great quotes, check out these 29 beautiful ones that celebrate moms.

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Mean Girls (Widescreen Edition) by Paramount by Mark Watersvia

“I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.”

Amy Poehler shines as the “cool mom” in Mean Girls, serving “happy hour” drinks in her pink tracksuit while asking her teen daughter about the “cool jams.” The scene’s highlight may be her dog nipping at her chest. Apparently, a cocktail wiener was in her bra to help the dog get into character!

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Harry Potter: Sorcerer's Stone, The/Chamber of Secrets, The (2-Pack) (DVD)via

“Ronald Weasley! How dare you steal that car!”

All parents need some of the magical “Howler” letters from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. (That’s a letter that arrives enchanted with the sender’s voice for you muggles.) When Ron Weasley’s mom (Julie Walters) sends him one, the letter doles out a proper scolding very loudly before addressing his sister with a nice compliment.

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The Addams Familyvia

“Don’t torture yourself, Gomez, that’s my job.”

Anjelica Huston stars as darkly glamorous mom Morticia in The Addams Family. This comedy features the lovable black sheep (fiends and monsters) that sometimes lurk in the family tree. In another great scene, Morticia tells dad Gomez (Raul Julia), “Last night, you were unhinged . . . you frightened me,” Then she tells him to, “Do it again!” The two have a fierce and intense chemistry, and who doesn’t want to see two parents in love?

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The Blind Sidevia

“I said you can thank me later. It’s later Bert.”

Moms get it done. That’s never been more obvious than in The Blind Side. Sandra Bullock won the Best Actress Oscar in 2010 for her portrayal of a no-nonsense mom who sees what the football coach can’t. She blows past the guy (telling him to thank her later) and throws down strategy on the practice field. Right after, the stunned coach takes a seat next to her on the bleachers, and she tosses him this zinger. Like a pro!

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Forrest Gumpvia

“Life’s like a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Ever find yourself repeating to strangers stuff your mom used to say? Sally Field plays the supportive, refuse-to-give-up-on-her-kid mom in Forrest Gump. Her son Forrest (Tom Hanks) usually breaks the ice with “my mama always said,” and repeats the wise adage about chocolates. Gotta love a kid who gives his mama the credit she deserves! Here are more of our favorite quotes from the big and small screen guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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Sound of Musicvia

“When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.”

Julie Andrews as Maria utters those lines to herself after the Abbey mother sends her off to nanny for Captain Von Trapp and his seven children. Little does Maria know she’s about to fall in love, both with the Captain and with being a mom to all those rascally, but sweet kids. She delivers the line again once she’s in the Captain’s arms under the moonlight, in the gazebo. Swoon.

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“What’ve we got? Mothballs, corn syrup, ammonia. What’s for dinner?”

The Terminator may seem like it’s the story of a hulking killer robot, but it’s actually a romance about how a low-key Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) fell in love with the soldier sent from the future to protect her and then became the ultimate rebel mom to the kid who’ll save the world. What’s for dinner? Try pipe bombs, Sarah.

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Steel Magnoliasvia

“That sanctuary looks like it’s been hosed down with Pepto-Bismol.”

Shelby (Julia Roberts) chose two shades of pink (blush and bashful) for her wedding colors in the southern-set movie, Steel Magnolias. Her mom, M’Lynne (Sally Fields) tells it like it is when she describes what these pink hues really look like. The line’s payoff comes when fans actually see the church decor in its full glory—an epic explosion of total pink. It’s also one of the best movie classics about mother/daughter love. If you’re looking to bond, check out these 15 trips every mother and daughter should take together.

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Bad Momsvia

“Oh, hey, I know you. You’re that chick that always picks up my kid from school when I forget-slash-don’t want to.”

Kathryn Hahn, part of the ensemble of cool moms (with Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell) in Bad Moms, calls the movie a “love letter to moms.” It’s so hard to be perfect, so this fan-favorite celebrates moms being “bad.” It’s a comic romp that shows how imperfections are normal, hilarious, and not really all that bad, anyway. Read on for the 11 best movies that celebrate mom for Mother’s Day.

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Molly Pennington, PhD
Molly is a writer and collage artist with a PhD in film and cultural studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Her professional astrology services and artwork are available at Baroque Moon Astrology. She covers the zodiac, books, movies, TV and culture for Reader’s Digest, and loves to talk about all the ways we make meaning.