My Fave Five Feel Good Films (Featuring Life of this City Girl)

Everybody likes to feel happy. There is nothing better than feeling good about yourself and the things around you.  We can all find happiness in the things around us, it truly is the little things in life.  That is the idea behind the 100 Happy Days challenge, to find something each and everyday to be appreciative for and that makes you happy.  Recently, Natasha, the lady behind Life of this City Girl, completed the challenge herself.  Her success and the success of many other made me think about things that made me happy.  One of those things for me, obviously, are movies.  In particular, there are those movie that can’t help but make you feel good after you are done. Whether that is because the hero saved the day, or the main character got the boy/girl they had a crush on, or one of the million other reasons. Another thing that makes me happy is talking and working with my fellow bloggers.  So I invited Natasha over to share five films that give her a smile every time she watches them. Here are Natasha and my five favorite feel good films. Take it away, Natasha!

Drew checked in with me about a possible collaboration post, and eventually came forth with movies that makes us all feel good. He has this feature, and I have my Five Things Friday, so birds of a feather, eh, Drew? Hehe.

Anyway, it is pretty tricky to narrow it down to only five films, but I eventually chose these below. I just realized that most are all really, really girly films, but I love them, will watch them repeatedly and makes me laugh without fail.

5) Mean Girls

Brilliantly penned by Tina Fey, this is a social commentary film on the dramas of high school life. I think everyone is quite familiar with Cady Heron, her “African” background, and her struggles to fit in with the all American teenage environment she is thrust into. Best line ever in this film:

MEAN GIRLS

4) Wild Child

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The least well known of this list, but Wild Child makes me so stupidly cheerful. I had this little fantasy of boarding school as a kid, how much fun it would be, the crazy things we could do (all fueled by Harry Potter and a local book series I used to devour), so this film spoke directly to all those suppressed dreams. Emma Roberts is the epitome of the American brat, her English school mates are so very English, and the heartthrob of Alex Pettyfer in this is through the roof. All the adventures, naughtiness and emotional battles keeps me entertained on the most basic of popcorn levels, and I thoroughly recommend a watch if you haven’t yet!

3) Crazy Stupid Love

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Ahh this film! It is the second film on this list with Emma Stone in, and as usual, she’s hilariously funny and relatable and enviably pretty. Then there is the ever entertaining and gorgeous Ryan Gosling, who manages to be hilarious and attractive and so damn cute. This is one of Steve Carrell’s favorite pieces of work – I love when he is more than those silly little comedies that gets made so often. It’s a funny film, with great one liners and casual advice on life on love. I’ve probably watched this one ten times already.

2) The Avengers

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MCU is my favorite powerhouse at the moment. They are thrilling, full of adventures, they produce their movies well and they are just getting better – proven by more intricate plots as they continue into their third phase. I particularly enjoyed The Avengers because it was the first time all the characters came together on screen. It is also typically Marvel with sarcasm and humor in between the drama.

1) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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This movie is the besssst. It is my favorite in one of my favorite franchises ever. It is perfectly done, the characters are so well cast I can’t imagine them as any other character, the movies are actually quite loyal to the books. And that fight scene at Gondor. And the Ride of the Rohirrim. And Aragorn taking his rightful place. And and and and EVERYTHING. I can’t help it when I watch this film to cheer and yell and be really very happy when the Hobbitses and everyone end up so damn happy!

Thanks Drew! This list could have gone on for days and days, and it was quite tough narrowing it down to only five.

And what a great bird to be. 😛 Thanks for sharing, Natasha. Now, for my fave five feel good films. Some of my honorable mentions are The Avengers, School of RockDodgeball: A True Underdog Story, The Incredibles and The Blues Brothers.

Legally Blonde movie poster5) Legally Blonde

Some movies have a character that is just so positive and upbeat that their attitude is infectious.  Elle Woods is one of those characters. Throughout her entire journey to become a lawyer, she never lets anyone bring her down. No matter what challenge comes her way, she is always positive and overcomes it.  I can’t help but get a smile on my face whenever Elle stands up confidently against those trying to bring her down.  I can feel her optimism and I always finish the movie in a better mood.

Enchanted movie poster4) Enchanted

Like Elle, Giselle is a positive person. She is thrust from her animated home of Andalasia into real-world Manhattan. In her quest to return home, she runs into Robert, who makes her question her new marriage with Prince Edward.  Manhattan is very different from Andalasia but she doesn’t let the culture shock stop her.  Giselle is always singing a song and looking at the positives of her situation, even when things look bleak.  In the end, she ends up with her true love. And they lived happily ever after, as they say.

Accepted movie poster3) Accepted

Let’s face it, university life can be hard. You know what takes away some of the pressure? Starting your own college with your own curriculum.  That is exactly what Bartleby “B” Gaines and his friends do.  It seems that B can talk his way out of any situation, which is a skill he will need when the neighboring university tries to get his school shut down.  B, played by the wonderfully awkward Justin Long, is one of those characters that you want to see succeed.  He and is band of misfits have a real relationship. To see them have each others back and support each other through thick and thin always makes me feel good through the end.

The Princess Diaries movie poster2) The Princess Diaries

Where the previous movies are on this list because of the characters, The Princess Diaries make the list because of the message. Although Anne Hathaway is an absolute darling as Mia, it’s more about her journey.  Nobody is perfect and it is these imperfections that make us unique and special.  Many thought awkward and clumsy Mia wasn’t fit to become the next queen of Genovia, and she began to believe it herself. But with the help of her Grandma, the current queen, she finds her confidence and accepts her place as the heir to the throne.  Mia’s journey is a heartwarming one and that’s exactly what happens whenever I watch this film.

Tommy Boy movie poster1) Tommy Boy

Ah, Tommy Boy. Just thinking about this movie makes me smile.  Tommy Callahan takes a road trip to save his family business after his father passes away unexpectedly.  He isn’t exactly what you call “book smart” but he tries his hardest, despite what others think of him.  Throw in his father’s assistant into the mix and you have one goofy pair. Chris Farley and David Spade work magic together, making me laugh with every scene. You wouldn’t expect a pair like Tommy and Richard to do well but together they manage to pull it off and save the company, along with hundreds of jobs in the process.  How can that not make you feel good?


Thank you so much Natasha for sharing your go-to feel good films. You can check out all of Natasha’s views and favorites on her site at Life of this City Girl.

The Christmas in July 2016 blogathon is starting in a few weeks. For more information, check out this post.

What are some of your feel good films?

Movie Quote of the Week – 4/1/16 (500th Post)

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Answer to MWL 3/30/16: Sherman Schrader (Jonah Hill) – Accepted

Bartleby: [Sees Schrader in distance] Oh, no.
Schrader: [In the distance] Ask me about me wiener!
Bartleby: What the…
Schrader: Ask me about my wiener! [Bartleby and Monica walk towards Schrader] Oh, hey, B. And Monica.
Monica: Hey.
Bartleby: Why… Why are you wearing this?
Schrader: Every single brother in my fraternity has worn this suit. President James Garfield wore this suit like a gentleman.
Bartleby: Oh, yeah, and look what happened to him. He got assassinated by Charles Guiteau. Don’t ask me how I know that.
Schrader: Do me a favor, ask me about my wiener really quickly.
Bartleby: Schrader, no.
Schrader: Guys, my brothers could be watching me right now. Just ask me about my wiener, please.
Bartleby: Why are you doing this?
Schrader: What do you mean?
Bartleby: Come on. You’re… This… You’re humiliating yourself buddy.
Schrader: You know what, B, don’t mess with me! These are the happiest times of my life, all right? I’m so happy, I’m the happiest. I’m happy! [Runs off, chasing another student] Hey! Ask me about my wiener!

When I was composing this post, I noticed that my post count was 499. That would make this my 500th post! It may not be the pomp and circumstance that such a milestone deserves, but to celebrate, here is another one of my favorite quotes from Accepted, said by Glen (Adam Herschman).

Glen: Oh, hey, guys.
Bartleby: Hey, what’s up, Glen?
Schrader: Hey, Glen, when did you start working at the Quick ‘n Stop?
Glen: Since I got boned, hard, by every college I applied to.
Bartleby: Why? What happened?
Glen: Some political crap. I got a zero on my SATs.
Schrader: You know you get 600 points just for signing your name, right?
Glen: [Chuckles, then stops and groans]

I wish I would have noticed sooner so I could have done something a little bigger (and chosen a different, more fitting quote). Oh, well. At least the milestone landed on this week’s Quote and not its MWL. That would have been awkward…

Anyway,  if it weren’t for all of you, I wouldn’t have made it through 500 posts, so I want you to join in on the celebration.  For the last year and a half, I have been telling you some of my favorite movie quotes on a weekly basis. We all have our personal favorites. You’ve heard many of mine and now I want to hear some of yours.  What are some of your favorite movie quotes?

Now all that is left of this party is to dance!

Thanks for everyone’s continued support over the last 500 posts. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what the next 500 bring. Cheers!