As I now work at a school, I am exposed to a lot of children who are completely unaware of how to keep a bug to themselves and sadly, one little annoying human has passed their awful cold onto me… just as I finish for Easter… typical. While I have been feeling sorry for myself, I have been binge watching ever single feel good movie that can make me feel better. Just in case any of you are in need of a feel good, forget the world around you, I just need a pick-me-up movie, here are my go films:
1. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
The best movie in the whole world in my opinion and one that I watched a few days ago. I just love this movie so much. For anyone who has been living under a rock and not seen this, it’s about two people: Harry and Sally, who first meet when they decide to car share from their University in Chicago to New York to start their lives after college (University to us). When in the car, they disagree about every single thing: from movie endings to whether men and women can be friends without sex getting in the way. Ten years pass, and they bump into each other and start to form a friendship and prove that you can be friends without sex getting in the way… or do they? It’s so so so good honestly. There is no way of explaining more of the plot without giving the rest of the movie away. It may have been made in 1989 but it doesn’t feel like an old style movie. It is a 15 though so maybe not a good one to watch with a parent – the ever so famous fake orgasm in a sandwich shop may not be fun to watch sat next to your Mum.
2. Letters to Juliet (2011)
For anyone who doesn’t know, I am a sucker for romance and any romantic movies at all. This is perfect because not only is it beautifully romantic but the story is also amazing. Sophie goes on her honeymoon to Verona with this fella who shows her no attention at all and meets a group of women who call themselves the secretaries of Juliet: they answer the letters that people write to Juliet. Sophie joins them and finds a letter written 50 years ago and decides to write back. Let’s leave it there because it wouldn’t be a movie is the lady doesn’t get the first flight to Verona would it and I don’t want to spoil the unbelievable story that is in this movie. Definitely a must watch if you are eeling in the cute and heart-melting mood. Another movie that leaves you feeling all happy.
3. High School Musical 1, 2 and 3 (2006, 2007, 2008)
I can’t not watch these when I am feeling under the we
ather. I grew up with these movies and whenever I watch them, I can’t help but smile the whole way through. I still know every lyric to every song and can have a good go at knowing the script too. For anyone that didn’t grow up with these movies, they are Disney Channel movies about pupils at East High School going through life and growing up. They sing a lot and dance a lot and make high school look unrealistically fun. I remember being so in ore of Gabriella and wanting to be exactly like her. I just adore these movies even now and will never throw away the DVD’s or delete the songs off my iPod. I once missed my turning in the car because I was too busy singing to Fabulous by Sharpay. I was thinking “oh my gosh, how am I going to explain to my boss that I was late to work because I was distracted by Sharpay singing about ice tea imported from England and lifeguards imported from Spain?” Thankfully, I wasn’t late and could walk in as if nothing happened.
4. Love, Rosie (2014)
I am onto a roll with these hart-warming romcoms. Love, Rosie was SO good the first time I watched it that I took it downstairs to my Mum and re watched it with her the same day. Love, Rosie is about a boy and a girl (typical) who are best friends at school. They pretend they don’t fancy each other and decide to go to Prom with other people and get in a little bit of a sticky situation. The boy decides to go to Boston for University but the girl stays in England with her sticky situation. The movie follows them for 10 years and over that time, you see them miss each other and try to ignore the obvious attraction that they have had since they were little. Another movie that I know I will adore as soon as I start watching. A must for if you are feeling a bit down or are having a night in with your friends.
5. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
I remember the first time I watched this movie. I only caught the last 30 minutes of it but I immediately loved it and bought the DVD the next day so I could see it from the beginning. The movie follows 2 sisters and their journey through high school. They have a very protective Dad that doesn’t allow them to date. The younger sister Bianca is desperate to date the “hottest guy in school” so she decides to flutter her eyelids at her French t
utor who is obviously in love with her to help. When her Dad finds out, he decides to make a deal: Bianca can date but only if her older sister Kat does. Kat isn’t interested in dating at all as she likes to do the opposite to what everyone else is doing. It’s certainly a must watch as every scene is such a classic.
6. Frozen (2013)
Probably one of the best animated Disney movies I have ever seen. Not only is the story attention grabbing yet light-hearted, the songs are also SO good! I think, just like High School Musical, I know every lyric to every song… Can you see a theme? I am like an 8-year-old when it comes to movies like this. For anyone that doesn’t know Frozen, it’s about Elsa, a princess who has mystical powers and Anna her sister. When Elsa runs away in fear of hurting people with her powers, she leaves her kingdom in a perpetual winter and Anna goes after her to try and bring back summer. It is amazing and a must watch when you just want a simple easy watching movie. You can’t finish this movie without smiling and feeling full of happiness.
7. Bridget Jones Diary 1 & 2 (2001, 2004)
I know, I know. I didn’t include Bridget Jones Baby because I personally don’t think it hit the unbelievably high happiness bar that the first two set. They are definitely different to the likes of High School Musical and Frozen but they are amazing. I don’t think they need too much of a description because the majority of people have seen these movies but to summarize: it’s about Bridget and her lack of luck finding a decent man. Again, they aren’t for a civilized movie night with children but they are perfect movies for a girls night in. What I find hilarious is the girl in the prison in the second movie who asks Bridget what a bra is plays Po in the Tellytubbies. That fact will always make me giggle.
8. Step Up (2006)
Other than the fact than Channing Tatum met his wife while filming this movie, which is good enough reason to love it, Step Up has such a beautiful story. I am not going to lie, there is a really sad bit in the middle which hits you quite hard so maybe not one to watch if you want a movie that doesn’t give you a reason to cry but the other 95% of the movie is more on the positive side. It’s about a boy called Tyler who is always getting into trouble. While trying to look cool in front of his friends, he breaks into a performing arts school and trashes their theatre, which costs him hours of community service at the school itself. While there, he meets a girl called Nora and they share their love of dance. Nora ends up needing help with her final performance and Tyler offers his services and he starts to enjoy it a bit. It’s a beautiful movie and a lovely one to watch if you are feeling a little under the weather.
9. Mamma Mia (2008)
Whether you watch this on a TV or go and see it in the theatre, Mamma Mia is one of the best feel good musicals I have ever seen! From anyone crazy enough to never give this musical a go, it’s about a girl, Sophie, who is getting married on an island in Greece, which is where her Mum fell in love with her Dad – or so she thinks as her Mum actually has no idea who the Dad is! All she knows that it is one of 3 men: Bill, Sam or Harry. It is both hilarious and entertaining! I never really think of this movie that often when choosing what to pop on but as soon as it starts, I am immediately into it!
10. Chalet Girl (2011)
Finally, Chalet Girl. Felicity Jones stars as Kim who lands a job at a Ski Chalet working as a chalet girl for these really rich people. One of them “rich people” if Johnny (Ed Westwick who is Chuck Bass out of Gossip Girl) who she bonds with a lot more than the others. Kim used to be a record breaking skateboarder but since her Mum died, she stopped competing in any competitions. When she goes to Austria, she decides to bite the bullet and learn to snowboard so that she can win a competition to win some much needed prize money for her and her Dad but her fears keep getting in the way. I love watching this movie on a freezing cold day, under 200 blankets with a big massive mug of hot chocolate.
I have picked these 10 because they are movies that don’t have many sad bits in. They are happy, heart warming and easy watching movies that are perfect for if you are feeling under the weather. If you asked me what my all time favourite movies are then the list may be a little different but I don’t think that movies like The Notebook that make you cry are good for someone who has a runny nose anyway. I hope that you all stay cold free as the changing of the seasons always poses a challenge.