Favourite Feel-Good Films
October has been a fairly stressful month, for most of us I imagine. I’m currently at my parents and, as is becoming tradition, we’ve been watching feel-good films. Mostly films I’ve never seen before.
Here are some of my favourites I recommend you put on, when you’ve had a tough day.
A new film for me – yes, I know. Where have I been?! – but a goodie. Whoopi Goldberg is ever brilliant in this musical comedy about a lounge singer on the run, hiding amongst a group of nuns. When Deloris Van Cartier takes over the nuns choir things seem to turnaround. That is, until she gets found out by the mob who are after her… uh oh. Also, Maggie Smith stars.
This is an eighties not-so-classic film that my parents introduced me to during lockdown. It is a complete farce – and very inappropriate/politically incorrect throughout – but there are still moments of pure comedy genius. Worth watching at least once – but prepare to cringe at some of the 80s commentary.
When it comes to childhood classics this is a must. This is a rare gem in the category of ‘sequels that are better than the originals’. When Shrek is invited to meet the in-laws in the town of Happily Ever After – a rip-off LA – a whole load of chaos and stupidity ensues. The dining table scene in one of my all-time favourites. Donkey!
When Harry Met Sally
A timeless romance between friends. Billy Crystal is at his best in this hilarious comedy about a man and a woman who are convinced that men and women can’t just be friends. Utterly perfect.
What’s Up Doc
If you like the kind of golden era physical comedy, then you’ll love What’s Up Doc. I wish more people knew about this film because it is utterly hilarious. And the younger you watch it the funnier it gets, as you realise the innuendos and adult jokes as you get older. There’s something for everyone and the writing is superb. Not to mention the acting from Barbara Streisand and Ryan O’Neal.
Everyone loves a Richard Curtis movie and this one is just so easy. It feels like a romance that could be possible – minus the time travelling element. And it’s the relationship we all want. It makes me feel all warm inside.
Another romcom classic which I think is impossible to dislike. Who doesn’t like Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Cameron Diaz in this film. It gives me all the feels PLUS it’s set at Christmas which makes it a quintessential Christmas movie.
A Fish Called Wanda
A stupid heist movie, where Kevin Kline steals the show as a manic boyfriend/thief who is a bit dumb – DON’T CALL ME STUPID. I genuinely can’t remember the plot, but it doesn’t matter. This a just a laugh-out-loud, piece of 80s comedy gold.
What are some of your feel-good films? Let me know in the comments below.