When a week has been filled with challenge after challenge and you’re mentally and physically exhausted, there’s very few better feelings than putting your pjs on, cosying up on the couch, eating rubbish, drinking [insert favourite alcoholic beverage here – in case you’re wondering, mines gin] and watching a great feel good film.
To quote and already over-quoted phrase – these are unprecedented times – the bad weeks just keep on rolling into one another at the moment. What better excuse do we need for a pick me up?
In no particular order, here are my top 5 feel good films. Best enjoyed back to back and in the way I described above.
Sex and the City the Movie
I actually saw the first Sex and the City movie before I watched any of the series. I vividly remember kind of begrudgingly going to see it with one of my best friends. I came out of the cinema absolutely loving it – I was hooked. An addiction to the series then ensued with a purchase of the box set. My love for Cosmopolitans was validated, and I longed to be a writer like Carrie.
This film reminds me just how great the best female friendships are – supportive, honest and hilarious – and, let’s face it, we all want to be part of the dream squad (including their wardrobe) that is Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha.
The Greatest Showman
Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, singing and dancing – what is there not to love?! Seriously though, the moral of this story – to treat everyone as equals and value their uniqueness – is so touching that it makes me cry. It also helps that the male leads are very easy on the eye, and that the soundtrack has you singing and dancing along every time. A winner of a film if you ask me.
My Best Friend’s Wedding
In my opinion, Julia Roberts and Rupert Everett are at their absolute finest in this film. The hilarity of the friendship of their characters is something to behold – who can forget the famous ‘Say a Little Prayer’ lunch scene?! Or Cameron and Julia fighting in the toilets? Add to that a tear-jerker of an ending and it’s a classic. One of the finest rom-coms you’ll ever see.
I’m going to risk saying something that I know is hugely controversial here – when I first watched Dirty Dancing (around age 12) I didn’t really get what the fuss was all about. [cue shocked intake of breath] However, I now know that I was simply too young to appreciate its greatness. I don’t think I really need to describe why I like this film so much, we all know about the iconic cast, dance routines and one liners. What clinches it for me though, is that whenever I watch it, it reminds me of my old flat mate – an amazing gal and great friend – which instantly puts a smile on my face. We used to watch it together a lot.
This film never fails to make me feel good. What a character Elle Woods is! She reminds us all that if you want something enough, and you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything – the cheerleader (literally) that every girl needs. Plus ALL her outfits are super cute – and hello, who can forget the bend and snap?!
You’ve heard what my top 5, but I want to know how they compare with yours! Are there any you think I’ve missed? Or you don’t agree with? Share your feel good film thoughts in the comments.
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