Film Nights: The feel-good edition

Whether I’m with friends, or having night in by myself, I love the cosy feeling of being in bed with lots of tasty snacks and a feel-good film.

Here are my favourites:

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids may possibly be my favourite film of all time. I think I have watched it at least 5 times by now, and it never gets old.

I watched the female-led comedy for the first time with my mom within my first few days of moving to London, and before my mom would travel back home half way across the world as I permanently settled into my unexpected new home. I was petrified, anxious, and dreading the moment I knew I would have to say bye to my mom and come to terms of living so far apart. Somehow, Bridesmaids managed to provide pure comedic relief and allow me to feel light-hearted, if even for just 2 hours, in a day of constantly going into catastrophe mode.

After my mom took off, I watched the film again by myself in the cinema in a moment I felt I needed some escapism.

The comedy, no matter how many times I see it, makes me feel safe plus it’s just darn hilarious. It’s like the female version of The Hangover, but much more witty, intelligent, and it actually has some pretty inspiring lessons on picking ourselves up after we’ve hit rock bottom.

Pitch Perfect 

There are a lot of ‘chick flick’ classics from the 90s and early 2000’s which are constantly praised, and rightfully so, but the 2010’s have also released their fare share of praise-worthy films within the genre.

Get pitch-slapped with this Acapella musical dramedy, that never fails to put a smile on my face and has me singing my heart out, while also offering plenty of LOL worthy moments.

 

Neighbors 

Usually I’m down for any film starring Seth Rogen and/or Zac Efron.

This is the sort of film that creates ridiculously dramatic moments, showdowns, throw downs, and crass humour for the hilarity factors…and it works for me. I’ve watched Neighbors a few few times now, and it’s just the sort of silly mindless comedy that I enjoy more often than not.

 

The Devil Wears Prada 

This is a classic film that is always enjoyable no matter how many times I watch it.

There is a part of me that has always been fascinated by fashion journalism, and the fashion universe in general, but another part of me that just cannot cope with the judgement and scrutiny attached with it. This film allows me to fantasise about that world without actually having to participate in it.

The more times I watch this film, there’s no denying that the relationships between all characters (Andy’s colleagues, friends, and boyfriend included) are toxic and less than admirable and Andy takes some much unnecessary heat from everyone involved, but this is film after all, but the film is fun to watch nonetheless and has plenty of fashion oogling moments.

 

Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday is often hailed as a classic teen comedy, but I still think it’s way underrated.

The parent-daughter switch in this film is hilarious and endearing, especially due to their polar opposite personalities, and Jaime Lee Curtis’ portrayal of her teen-angst daughter is  brilliant.

 

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 

 

A film about friendship, love, heartbreak, family dynamics, and discovering yourself during what can often be the most turbulent and insecure years of our lives (teenage hood).

Films in this category may have female friends, but the friendship amongst the characters are often tested as Hollywood loves pitting women against each other and more often than not like to throw an irrelevant man in the formula to stir drama up.

It’s not to say that there aren’t love interests in the film, or bumps in the roads for the core friendship group, but the main motif of this film importance of friendship and how love between friends is just as powerful as that between romantic partners.

 

Mamma Mia! 

Mamma Mia, here we go again…and less than a month away!

I’m thrilled that a sequel is on its way 🙂 It just makes me want to sing and dance, and who wouldn’t want to have that feeling!

 

Confessions of a Shopaholic 

This rom-com is endearing, charming, funny, and oddly always boosts me with a sense of hope for my career.

Perhaps it is seeing the journey of a character making such self-destructive decisions, but eventually boosting themselves up and getting their life together. I can’t say I relate to the titular shopaholic character in many ways, but I always root for her and it makes me realise that even when you’re not at your best, you can always work your up regardless of where you find yourself in life.

 

Clueless

AS IF I wasn’t going to include this 90’s not-so one hit wonder on my list.

I can associate a lot of my earliest childhood memories watching the teen drama Clueless, and I still enjoy it now all these years later as I have entered my mid 20s.

 

Legally Blonde 

Another film on my list making a comeback, I’m ecstatic over the fact that Legally Blonde is coming back for a third film!

It took me a while to decide what the final spot on this list should be as there are so many other films which I love, but I had to give Legally Blonde a shoutout.

The film reminds us all that we can defy expectations and stereotypes, and even once we achieve that, we should never confine ourselves to the assumptions people think of when it comes to our career choices and ambitions.

 

 

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