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Tough Movie Mothers, From Well-Meaning to Just Mean

By Nikhil Hutheesing, Suzanne Woolley and Ben Steverman - 2012-05-08T21:17:08Z

Photograph by Columbia Pictures/Everett Collection

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Well Meaning: 'Panic Room'

In the 2002 thriller, Meg -- played by a fierce and athletic Jodie Foster -- just wants to rebuild her life after a painful divorce. Part of starting over involves moving with her daughter into a big Manhattan townhouse, complete with a panic room. Alas, the claustrophobic Meg and her daughter wind up in that panic room on their very first night when burglars come looking for a fortune hidden in -- yes, the panic room. Foster proves to be not only a devoted mother but an inventive one, turning the tables on her attackers when calls for help fail.