Terms of Endearment movie paired with family favourites


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Starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger & Jack Nicholson

Rating 7/10


– Aurora Greenway (MacLaine) is an over-protective, controlling and quirky single mum. Her daughter, Emma (Winger), is getting ready to get married and mumma isn’t happy… no! Her baby girl eventually finds herself impregnated and once again, mumma is far from pleased.
– She’s a strange mother, woman, lover with a strange life with many gentlemen callers who all vie for her attention, her love, her affection. Emma moves to Iowa with husband Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels) and pops out more kids. Mumma, once again, isn’t pleased but somehow Emma still remains a faithful daughter and they find a way to get along. Miracles do happen.
-Things get sad, cold and depressing for Emma and she seeks comfort in the arms of an older married man (John Lithgow). Meanwhile the astronaut (Nicholson) living next door to Aurora irritates her so much she cannot stop thinking about him and they eventually go to lunch in his Porsche and nearly drown doing wild things on the beach.
-Life gets really messy for our Emma whose marriage is on the rocks. Twists and turns, accusations and realisations. This is life, people. It’s going to get messy.
-In the end, the kids are sad, the marriage is over and Emma gets sick. This is where you reach for your box of tissues and have a good weep.


As you steal a few tears, crunch down on this family favourite (well at least we love it in our family) – Homemade Chicken Nuggets from A Broken Shoe. Dip them into your favourite sauce and find some comfort in its golden goodness.


Ah family, can’t live with them, can’t choose them. This is another Best Picture winner about family dynamics. In the same vein as Kramer Vs Kramer, this film revolves around some raw family issues.

I love the 80s feel to this film – from the soft focus of the first few scenes to the music, the fonts and the actors. It is mesmerisingly sad to watch a family fall apart. The pace is slow but the drama drags you in time after time. The final scenes are the Oscar winning moments. I was sure I wouldn’t cry, but being a mum with two kids, how could I not?

It is an easy film to watch and although it’s not an epic it’s a great analysis of a mother and daughter’s relationship that survives even the toughest of times. Take a gander!

Main meal:

All our recipes are celebrating the highs and lows of family life and one of our family’s staple dinners would have to be Spaghetti Bolognese, although, to be honest, our sauce usually comes out of a bottle! Shame on me but whatever. So, if you have the time and desire to make a more traditional dish, here’s a more fancy Spaghetti Bolognese recipe from Taste Food.


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And garlic bread of course (from Shinies Kitchen)!

Terms of Endearment Trivia:

  • $8 Million
  • Apparently Debra Winger was unpredictable during filming because she was trying to give up a cocaine habit. To the point where she and MacLaine had a tussle. Roll cameras!?
  • Jodie Foster and Sissy Spacek were offered the role of Emma
  • After finishing this film, Director, Producer and Writer, James L.Brooks rewarded himself with a set of comics by Matt Groening. He loved them so much he asked Groening to pitch an idea for a series of shorts for The Tracy Ullman Show, which eventually led to The Simpsons.
  • Burt Reynolds, Paul Newman and Harrison Ford turned down the role of astronaut Garrett Breedlove.


Everyone loves chocolate don’t they? Well almost everyone and the best medicine for a sad heart or a broken relationship is always chocolate, isn’t it? Well maybe not but it’s a good start. And here’s a cracker of a recipe – it’s a chocolate brownie with a twist – introducing… Salted Caramel Fudge Brownies from Cupcakes n Curries. Oh my goodness. Get baking NOW!

What’s your family dynamic like?

More epic films with delicious recipes:

* Amadeus movie matched with Austrian deliciousness
* Out of Africa film paired with food from a Kenyan kitchen
A Beautiful Mind film paired with brain food