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Mama’s Boys: 6 films that explore the unique bonds between mothers and their gay sons

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sometimes the first people we come out to.Of course, those experiences are far from universal, and there are just as many who share a fraught or—to say the least—complicated connection with mommie dearest.

Regardless, there are few relationships more impactful to the life of a gay man than that with their mother, so it’s perhaps not so surprising that there’s a long history of films that explore this thematically rich dynamic.Take, for example, the 2022 documentary Mama’s Boy.

The film follows Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black as he revisits his Mormon upbringing, specifically through the lens of his bond with his mother.

There’s also The Inspection—a boot camp drama about a gay man who enlists in the Marines to impress his disapproving mother—and the sentimental romance, Spoiler Alert, which notably features Sally Field (who else?) as the loving mother of a gay man facing an uncertain future.In that spirit, we thought it was the perfect time to take a look back at recent features that delve into the unique mother-and-gay-son dynamic, a thematic subgenre of queer cinema that includes sweet dramedies, tense character studies, documentaries, tearjerkers, and more.

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