Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Feel Good Movies

Now that classes have started up again, it won’t be too long until we’re all stressed, crabby, hopped up on coffee, and sobbing silently into our pillows.

But have no fear, I’m sharing my favorite feel-good-distract-you-from-your-troubles-temporarily movies. Admittedly, most are somewhat sappy; I can’t help it if I enjoy a good romantic comedy. If it’s not for you, it’s not for you, but if you give one a try, you just might like it.

1) Annie

Seriously, Annie is such a classic. Both the 1982 and the 1999 version are great, with really excellent people and that adorable dog. If you’re craving some edginess, go with the 1982 version; it’s much scarier than the remake (Rooster chasing Annie on the bridge, anyone?) This movie is a nostalgia rush.

2)The Princess Bride

This was my favorite movie when I was 5 years old. So many excellent quotes, and Westley (Cary Elwes) was a total babe. I like my fairy tales with a good dose of tongue-in-cheek humor and this movie satisfies that requirement. Buttercup is a bit wishy-washy for my taste, but Inigo Montoya, Fezzik, and Westley make the film. A movie trailer, you say? “As you wish.”

3) The Holiday

I don’t even like Cameron Diaz, but I love her in this movie. Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Jude Law, and Cameron Diaz are perfect together. This is a great distraction movie-amazing vacations, romances with adorable men; Your heart will be glowing in no time.

4) About a Boy

I will always have a huge crush on Hugh Grant. I don’t care what anyone says; he is a dreamboat. This movie may not seem like your typical feel good movie (suicide, womanizing, bullies), but it’s probably my favorite movie ever, and it always makes me feel better.

5) Elf

Will Ferrell at his best. A delightful movie at any time of the year, a heaping helping of Christmas spirit will always brighten your day. I love Christmas. I love Christmas movies. Be careful with this one though; if you watch it a few weeks after Christmas, you will feel depressed because Christmas is over. This is a very real concern.

If you don't feel better by now, I don't know what to tell you; my area of knowledge is pretty much solely located in goofy movies that make me smile.

-Julia Jessen

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