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Celebrating Mother’s Day with the 6 Best Calls to Mom in the Movies

By Dennis Peng|Tuesday May 7, 2019

While many people celebrate Mother’s Day with gifts, we discovered in a recent survey that 82 percent of moms would rather connect with their children for Mother’s Day than receive a gift.

With Mother’s Day approaching, we’re reminded not only to call Mom, but we’re also thinking about some of the greatest movie moms in history. Even in the movies, moms use the phone to check in with their kids and catch up.

Here are some of our favorite on-screen calls to Mom.

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Elaine Miller in “Almost Famous”

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When William calls his mom while he’s on tour with the band, rock guitarist Russell grabs the phone and interrupts their conversation. The dialogue that follows is a moving scene that’s delivered in a way that only Francis McDormand can.

Elaine tells Russell, “Listen to me. He’s a smart, good-hearted, 15-year-old kid, with infinite potential.” She adds, “He is not ready for your world of compromised values and diminished brain cells that you throw away like confetti.”

Rather than staying on the offensive, she pivots: “I didn’t ask for this role, but I’ll play it. Now go do your best. ‘Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aide.’ Goethe said that. It’s not too late for you to be a person of substance. Get my son home safely. I’m glad we spoke.”

John Conner’s Foster Mom in “Terminator 2”

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Telephones play a big role in this sci-fi movie series from the ‘80s.

In the first movie, the Terminator uses a page from the phone book to track down all the Sara Conners that live in town. There’s also a scene where the Terminator discovers Sara’s location through an answering machine message.

However, one of the most dramatic telephone scenes is in “Terminator 2.” Young John Connor calls his foster mother to check on her. Everything in the conversation seems normal until there’s the gruesome revelation that the person he’s talking to isn’t his foster mom. Instead, it’s a T-1000 robot impersonating her.

Etheline Tenenbaum in “The Royal Tenenbaums”

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In an iconic scene, Etheline’s character is defined while she’s talking on a rotary phone in a small telephone room just off the hallway.

Anjelica Houston portrays Etheline multitasking in a way that’s second nature to Moms. With a phone to her ear and one son on her lap, Etheline’s other son, Chaz, interrupts to ask for $187 for a business venture. Without missing a beat, she tells him to write himself a check, which she then signs.

Beth Gardner in “The Big Sick”

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It’s important to call your mom in an emergency. However, in “The Big Sick,” Emily was in a medically induced coma and wasn’t able to call her mother, who was played by Holly Hunter.

Instead, ex-boyfriend Kumail needs to make the call to her family. While Emily is lying immobile in the hospital bed, Kumail quietly apologizes to her, and then lifts her hand and uses her finger to unlock her iPhone.

It’s not an easy call to make. Even though Kumail started saying, “Everything’s fine,” the conversation ends with him saying, “Yes, I did say ‘medically induced coma.’”

Miranda Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire

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In “Mrs. Doubtfire,” Sally Field plays a newly single mom, Miranda, who’s looking for a nanny for her children. After publishing a help wanted listing, her ex, who’s played by Robin Williams, repeatedly pranks her phone with replies to her ad.

After creating a string of hilariously awful potential nannies, he then calls back as the Mrs. Doubtfire character. During that pivotal phone call, we see Miranda become delighted to finally speak with someone who could help her with the kids, thus launching the movie’s main plotline.

Meg Altman in “Panic Room”

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The entire plot of the movie, “Panic Room,” is built around a mom using security and communications to protect her child.

Meg, played by Jodi Foster, discovers the intruders through security cameras. However, after making it to the panic room inside the brownstone, Meg and her daughter realize that the phone was never hooked up. This leads to Meg using the home intercom to speak directly to the criminals while staying safely inside the panic room.

Ooma Can Help Mom Keep an Eye on Things

It isn’t only moms in the movies that rely upon smart communication systems. With Ooma’s Smart Security products, keeping track of the household can be a little bit easier.

ooma Mothers Day giveaway 2019This Mother’s Day, Ooma is giving away one complete security system to one lucky mom. Simply enter the sweepstakes before May 10, and you may have a special gift for Mom before Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12.

Enter the Mother’s Day Sweepstakes for a chance to give Mom something that she can use to keep an eye on things.

The winner will receive the full suite of devices that are included the Smart Home Security Starter Kit, plus additional sensors. The giveaway package includes an Ooma Telo, Ooma Smart Cam, motion sensor, two door/window sensors, garage door sensor, siren, and water sensor. That’s up to a $441 total value.

The security sensors can help Mom with things such as making sure that the garage door has been closed or being alerted about unusual activity at home. Plus, the intelligent security camera can help Mom know when the kids get home from school.

Not only does the sweepstakes package offer smart security, but the Ooma Telo can also give Mom access to low-cost home phone service. Additionally, it offers high-tech calling functionality to help keep the family organized.

For example, Ooma integrates with Alexa, so voice commands can be used to control your home phone and security system. Another example is Ooma’s 911 Alerts, which can instantly send an alert if someone dials 911 from the home phone.

Learn more about how Ooma Canada is providing smart solutions to helping you stay connected to the people and places you care about.

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Choosing small business accounting software isn’t as much fun as making sales. Yet it is vital if you want to stay organized, minimize your taxes, and pay your bills accurately. When you use accounting software, you will be able to complete your payroll taxes much more quickly. You will also suffer far fewer cash flow surprises. Now, what critical features should you look for?

What should you look for in bookkeeping software?

Accounting tools can drown you in features, reports and data if you’re not careful. You don’t need a Fortune 500 style accounting system. Instead, look for a tool that helps you to manage and report on the following critical business activities.
  • Balance sheets. The ability to create these reports (e.g. assets and liabilities) is essential when you deal with banks, manage debt, and if you plan to sell your business someday. For example, it should be easy to report on current liabilities vs. long-term liabilities. This will tell you when and how to use your credit cards, cash and other resources for the best effect.
  • Cash flow management. The best accounting tools can automatically generate cash flow reports. These reports help you to decide how much of a cash reserve to hold and when you can afford new investments. Sometimes, cash is not enough, so plan by learning how to manage business credit now. The free perks you get with business credit cards (e.g. cashback on your card) are well worth the effort.
  • Creating invoices and sending invoices. You need to get paid! Many small business accounting tools let you send invoices directly from the package. Ideally, look for a solution that enables you to accept credit cards for payment as well.
  • Expense management. You can make millions in revenue, but what about profits? To obtain a clear picture of profitability, you need expense management functions. It is helpful to review reports on fixed costs (e.g. rent), variable costs (e.g. hourly employees), and other types of expenses. Using Ooma’s small business phone system makes expense management more manageable because you have a straightforward bill to manage each month.
  • Free trial. You are going to use your accounting tool on a weekly and monthly basis for years into the future. It is crucial that you like it and find it easy to use. Therefore, look for an accounting tool that gives you a free trial. If the company doesn’t advertise a free trial, contact the vendor and request a free trial.
  • Inventory management. Strictly speaking, this capability is only important if your business sells goods. For example, if you run a retail store, then you need to keep track of your inventory, cost and profits on each item sold.
  • Payroll taxes. Managing payroll taxes can get complicated because you need to consider requirements from federal and state governments. If you have multiple locations in different jurisdictions, payroll taxes may become more complex.
  • Sales tax management. Track and record sales tax on each sale so that you pay only the correct amounts.
  • Time tracking. If you offer services, time tracking is essential. For example, you might have a junior staff member with a $50 per hour billable rate and a $70,000 per year salary. To measure performance, you need a time-tracking capability. If you have a large team, you do not want to be the bottleneck for entering data into the system. Check to see if the accounting tool makes it easy for multiple people to complete their time tracking activities each month.
Tip: Meeting tax requirements requires specialized expertise. Therefore, consult your accountant to see if they have suggestions on critical features or accounting tools. They will also need the ability to download reports.

Business accounting tools for small business owners: Four starting options

To grow your business, you need to track your money. For example, can you afford to pay yourself a bonus or dividend this quarter? Reviewing your bank accounts only tells you your cash balance. Reviewing accounting reports will help you forecast expenses and make better-informed decisions. Here are four accounting tools you can consider to get started. In our research, we selected these four accounting tools because they have received a large number of positive reviews on Capterra, a business software website. FreshBooks (offers a free trial) Capterra reviews: 3200+ reviews, 4.5 stars out of 5 Built for small business owners, FreshBooks supports several important accounting features. You can create and send invoices directly through the system and accept credit card payments. FreshBooks also supports time tracking. The package also includes the option to explore reports to Excel for additional analysis. QuickBooks online (offers a free trial) Capterra reviews: 16000+ reviews, 4.5 stars out of 5 QuickBooks Online provides several different options depending on your needs. With the Simple Start plan, you are limited to one user, and you can perform basic tasks like managing receipts. With the higher-priced plans, you get additional features like adding other users (e.g. yourself, your bookkeeper, and accountant). Note that many small business accountants and bookkeepers are trained in QuickBooks. Sage 50cloud (free trial available) Capterra reviews: 200+ reviews, 3.7 stars out of 5 Do you rely on Microsoft Office? If so, take a close look at Sage 50cloud. This accounting tool includes integration with Outlook and Office applications. That’s valuable because you can look up a customer’s accounting status at a glance. In addition, Sage provides expense management features so you can track your expenses and forecast cash flow accurately. Once you have it set up, make sure you use the “1-click reports” to get a current picture of your sales, taxes and profitability. Zoho Books (free trial available) Capterra reviews: 400+ reviews, 4.4 stars out of 5 In contrast to Sage, Zoho Books is designed to integrate with more than 40 Zoho business apps. If you already use Zoho products like CRM Plus, Mail and Docs, Zoho Books is worth a close look. In terms of accounting features, you get time tracking, inventory management, and standard reports (e.g. cash flow and balance sheet). Zoho Books is also appealing because they offer several pricing tiers so you can get started with a small budget. Small business accounting software: make the most of your free trial Most accounting tools for small businesses offer features like cash flow and balance sheet reports. You will also find the ability to create and send invoices are widely available. So how do you choose which product is right for you? Start by asking for a recommendation from your accountant or bookkeeper. Second, check for technical compatibility (e.g. does the tool integrate with your credit cards, bank accounts and office software)? Based on these first two questions, you will probably narrow down the list to two or three options. The final step in choosing bookkeeping software is to get your hands dirty! Sign up for at least two free trial accounts. During those free trials, put some data in and see how the system performs. Do you like the built-in expense management features? Are you getting helpful insights to grow your business? Based on these assessments, choose the bookkeeping software that is easiest to use.