The Best and Worst Sci-Fi Movie Mothers
The blame for the rise of Kylo Ren is shared by Han, and a little bit Luke as well, but Leia was arguably a little more responsible. She understood the ramifications of Ben's heritage better than Han did, but as detailed in the new Star Wars novel, Bloodline, she inexplicably chose not to tell him. Parents aren't 100% responsible for their children's actions, but when your son aspires to be the most evil person in the universe, you should probably stop and take a look at your choices.
Best: Star Lord's Mom - Guardians of the Galaxy
We don't get to see too much of Star Lord's mother, since she dies tragically at the beginning of the film. But there's no denying that she loves her son, especially since she gave him that "Awesome Mixtape." There's so much love there!
Worst: Dakota - Planet Terror
Granted, she was under a lot of pressure, with murderous zombies chasing after them and all. But still, it's pretty much parenting 101 that you don't leave a child alone with a loaded gun, unless you're just tired of lugging a kid around in the apocalypse.
Best/Worst: Lorraine McFly - Back to the Future
Overall, Lorraine McFly seems like a wonderful, responsible, loving mother. But we have to take a few points off for (unknowingly) trying to make out with her son, right?
Worst: Sarah Connor - T2: Judgment Day
Sarah Connor is great at a lot of things—mostly kicking the asses of Terminators and hospital orderlys—but she's also paranoid, violent, and not particularly nice to her son. She even tries to kill an innocent man in front of her son, and John has to dissuade her from doing so. She's obviously under a lot of duress, but when your son starts looking to a formerly murderous robot for emotional support before his own parent, let's just say it's not a great sign for your parenting skills.
Best: Peg Boggs - Edward Scissorhands
Where many people would have been frightened to find a pale, stitched-up man with scissors for hands lurking alone in a castle, Peg immediately saw that Edward was lonely and accepted him into her family and community. Best mother person ever.
Worst: Pat - Smart House
This highly underrated Disney Channel Original Movie was based on the Ray Bradbury story "The Veldt," and was almost as creepy. The "smart house," which was basically Siri on steroids, became sentient and decided that it wanted to be the children's mother. But since it's a machine, it had a very warped view of motherhood, and decided to lock the children in the house, keep them prisoner, and control every aspect of their lives. There's a satire about parenthood somewhere in there, but considering that it was a kids' movie, it was much more scary than funny.
Best/Worst: Monica - A.I.
It's difficult to put her on the "best" list when David's abandonment is the most memorable scene of the movie, but all things considered, she was doing her best to protect both of her children. At the end of the day, she truly loved David, which is what really matters.
Worst: Woman - The Road
Like many of the mothers on this list, there were a lot of extenuating circumstances, since the entire world was falling apart and everything. But still, the mother (who, like the protagonists, is never named) becomes increasingly paranoid and hostile after the birth of her son and ultimately leaves her family, never to be seen again. She's not getting a Mother of the Year award anytime soon.
Best: Ripley/Alien Queen - Aliens
Just as Alien was the ultimate exercise in phallic imagery, Aliens was a tribute to female empowerment and motherly love, on both sides of the conflict. Both Ripley and the Alien queen did their utmost to protect their children, and kicked a lot of ass in the process. And now that Newt is coming back to the series, the legacy of Ripley's maternal love will continue to live on in the franchise.