Six Feel-good Flicks to Watch When Feeling Down
Nothing cheers a person up like watching a beloved feel-good flick. These movies are lighthearted and humorous, and they always include happy endings that leave viewers satisfied. Many feel-good films feature a touching love story, with most coming from the romantic comedy genre. For movie-watchers who need a boost of positive feelings, these six films are sure to do the trick.
"Groundhog Day" is the kind of movie that never stops inducing the giggles, and the heartwarming story is worth watching more than once. This classic comedy from 1993 stars Bill Murray as the arrogant weatherman Phil Connors, who is annoyed at the fact that he must once again cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities in the small town of Punxsutawney, Penn. When he wakes up the next day, he is greeted by the same message on the radio and the same annual festivities. He soon realizes that he is living the same day over and over, and he does whatever he can to escape this cursed existence. During this time, he tries to woo his beautiful producer Rita, trying a new approach each day.
"How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
This feel-good romantic comedy from 2003 features an unexpected love story that leaves audiences smiling the whole way through. Andie Anderson is writing an article for Composure magazine entitled "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," and the subject of her experiment is Benjamin Barry, an advertising executive who makes a bet that he can get any woman to fall in love with him within 10 days. A battle of will ensues as Andie does whatever she can to get Ben to break up with her while Ben forces himself to stay in the relationship. Eventually, however, a true love story unfolds that may come crashing down when hidden agendas are brought to the surface.
"50 First Dates"
Starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, this 2004 romantic comedy set in Hawaii is non-stop fun. Aquarium-worker Henry Roth is eating breakfast in a cafe when he meets Lucy, a shy yet beautiful woman who doesn't want anything to do with him. He is shocked when, the next day, she does not even remember that they had met. Henry soon discovers that Lucy has short-term memory loss, starting with a blank slate every day. This doesn't stop Henry from going to elaborate lengths to get her to fall in love with him. Much like what Phil Connors experiences in "Groundhog Day," Henry must win his beloved's affection from scratch every day, putting a fun twist on the classic love story.
"Sweet Home Alabama"
The 2002 rom-com classic has a nostalgic feel, but the story of a country mouse turned city mouse also has plenty of laughs. Southern beauty Melanie Smooter has run away from her home and husband in Alabama to make a name for herself in New York. When her East Coast boyfriend proposes, she must travel back home to get her reluctant husband to sign the divorce papers she had sent years ago. During her time home, she revisits family, finds long-forgotten friends and rekindles some old flames that make her question her life in New York.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"
From action and adventure to romance and humor, this 2003 Disney movie has it all. A standout cast featuring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom brings the story together in an unforgettable way. When the beautiful Elizabeth Swann is captured by a crew of cursed pirates, the blacksmith Will Turner must team up with a pirate named Jack Sparrow to rescue his beloved. Unbeknownst to Will, he is the key to freeing the pirates from their curse.
"I Love You, Man"
This 2009 comedy is more a friendship story than a love story, but it is sure to leave sides aching from laughter. Peter Klaven has never had many guy friends, preferring the company of compassionate female co-workers. However, when he and his girlfriend decide to tie the knot, he realizes that he doesn't have a close male friend to consider for the role of best man. After several man-dates, he finds a quirky friend who instantly clicks with him. Unfortunately, the increasing time spent with his new best friend, and his influences on Peter, starts to put a strain on his relationship with his girlfriend.
When paired with a bowl of hot popcorn or a tub of ice cream, these films are sure to cure any type of blues. They are perfect when watched alone or as a marathon. The stories are timeless, and the humor never gets old. Best of all, they remind audiences that everyone has a chance at a happy ending.