Earlier this year, Carly Jacobs from Smaggle wrote a great post about 7 awesome feel-good movies you should re-watch over the summer.
I’m a massive movie buff and I loved the list of titles that Carly selected. I highly recommend you check out her post for yourself here. By the way, how amazing is Empire Records!!?? If you’ve never seen it, drop everything and get yourself a copy….go now!!
Carly’s post got me thinking about some of my own favourite feel-good movies. BC (before kids) when my husband and I had disposable income, we spent a fortune on DVD’s. A combination of kids and Netflix has cured us of this habit but our DVD collection would still be in the thousands.
A quick scan of my shelves and I found 8 titles that I absolutely love. They are fun, heart-warming, sometimes silly but I can watch them all again and again.
The ultimate ‘be true to yourself’ movie that confirms if the uber-popular (read mean) girl was a bitch in high school there’s a good chance she still will be 10 years later.
I’ve only just realised that Heather Mooney’s brooding love interest Clarence is Justin Theroux!
“Let’s fold scarves!!”
I was in year 6 when Sister Act was released and I think I saw it at the movies twice. Whoopi Goldberg is just brilliant, although apparently the role was originally written for Bette Middler. The supporting cast is just as good.
Some of my favourite soul are on the soundtrack too – Rescue Me by Fontella Bass, Roll with Me Henry by Etta James and Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes) by Dee Dee Sharp.
Ok – I know you’re either a Woody Allen fan or you’re not, but this is my favourite Woody Allen film hands down. The cast is AMAZING – Alan Alda, Goldie Hawn, Woody himself, Julia Roberts, Edward Norton (sigh!), Drew Barrymore (I could go on) and even a very young Natalie Portman.
I have such a soft spot for movies with a tap number and where they just break into song and just quietly Edward Norton singing is just adorable.
Another movie from my childhood, but only as an adult do I appreciate the inspiring nature of the story. I realise there are mixed views on how accurate a portrayal of Jamaica’s 1988 Calgary campaign was but there are so many lessons to be taken from 4 Jamaicans competing in an unlikely sport.
Similarly, you know a movie is going to be good when the actors look like they are having a lot fun.
RIP John Candy x
This one is a bit before my time, but I’d bet a can of coke that you probably haven’t even heard of California Suite.
I love playwright Neil Simon’s work (The Odd Couple) and he also wrote the screenplay for the movie.
The movie is a series of vignettes about guests staying at the same Hollywood hotel on the night of the Academy Awards.
The cast is (again) stellar. Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith (who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the movie), Walter Matthau…it’s US$7 on Amazon…add it to your next shopping cart.
California Suite is easily in my ‘top 5 movies of all time’ list.
I know a lot of people can’t stand Barbra Streisand but I think she’s a superstar. This is such a beautiful story about relationships and finding love.
Streisand is a 40 something woman desperate to be loved and Jeff Bridges wants a relationship free from the complications of sex and intimacy. They marry, but there are bumps in the road!
Lauren Bacall completely steals the show as Streisand’s mother and there are plenty of great cameos.
How gorgeous is this movie?? It’s an absolute ray of sunshine (spoiler: except for the evil Jimmy who breaks Faye’s heart) and the music is awesome, most of which was written by Tom Hanks.
In this case, there’s no shame being a #onehitwonder
By the by, did you know it was Tom Everett Scott’s first movie??
This one was also made before I was born…and incidentally, I walked down the aisle to the movie’s theme song! I did ice skating for years growing up and so this one always strikes a chord.
Alexis ‘Lexie’ Winston is a naive country girl from Iowa and just happens to be a talented skater. Much to her father’s disapproval, she is discovered by an elite coach and begins intensive training in Colorado. Tragedy strikes and following a freak accident Lexie goes blind.
Colleen Dewhurst (of Anne of Green Gables fame) also stars as her gruff hometown coach.
I love this movie to pieces!
Do yourself a favour and look for some of these little beauties on Netflix et al and get ready to grin from ear to ear 😊
What’s your favourite feel-good movie?? Has anyone out there actually seen California Suite?? Let me know some of your favourite feel-good movies in the comments below??
p.s. Since finishing this post, I’ve thought of countless others that could have equally made the list. One Fine Day, The Jane Austen Book Club, The Dish, Three Men & a Baby, Miss Congeniality, The Proposal, The Wedding Planner, The First Wives Club, King Ralph, Centre Stage, Father of the Bride, My Girl….I could go on and on 😊