And here is a bonus quote from Tommy Boy, one of my favorite feel good films:
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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 Rock, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, The Incredibles and The Blues Brothers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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What are some of your feel good films?
Tommy Callahan (Chris Farley) is the heir to Callahan Auto Parts who barely graduated college. When his dad (Brian Dennehy) passes away suddenly, Tommy and his father’s assistant, Richard (David Spade), go on the road to sell the company’s new brake pads and keep the business from getting bought by Zalinsky Auto Parts.
Tommy Boy may possibly be my favorite feel good film (I’m not for sure on that but it’s up there). The story is straightforward and light, allowing you to have a ton of fun along the way. Easily the movie’s strongest point is the chemistry between Chris Farley and David Spade. The way they bounce off each other is spectacular. This is evident from their first scene together. Just about every time they are on screen together is side-splitting. There are so many memorable lines throughout the entirety of this movie, mostly from the lead duo but everyone gets quip or two of their own. Below is one of my favorite quotes but truth is, I had a hard time choosing just one. From “a lot of people go to college for seven years” to “housekeeping,” it’s difficult to pick a favorite line or moment.
Most of this movie sees Farley and Spade traveling around the mid-eastern United States, which like most great road trip movies, cause some crazy shenanigans. Thankfully, this film doesn’t follow the normal road trip trope of the leads becoming buddies, and then something happening that makes them not buddies again, then at the end they make up and are closer than ever. Once they become friends, they stay friends, which turns into a touching moment between them towards the end. Tommy Boy is fun, pure and simple. At ninety minutes of run time, you’d be hard pressed to find more entertainment for your time.
Boy 1: Hey, Tub-o, you ain’t moving!
Tommy: Yeah, need a little wind here.
Boy 2: No, you need to drop a couple hundred pounds, blimp.
Tommy: [Laughs] Rascals. I guess that’s your theory.
Boy 3: Hey, your sail is limp, like your dick.
Tommy: Watch your language in front of the lady, punk! Jeez. You were saying?
Boy 1: Hey, Gilligan, did you eat the skipper?
Tommy: You better pray to the god of skinny punks that this wind doesn’t pick up! ‘Cause I’ll come over there and jam an oar up your ass!
Tommy: Jeepers creepers. Those guys keep interrupting us. I’m sorry about that. You were saying about, the, um…
Boy 2: Hey, lady, look out! There’s a fat whale on your boat!
Boy 3: Yeah, free Willy.
Michelle: Listen up you little spazoids, I know where you live and I’ve seen where you sleep! I swear to everything holy that your mothers will cry when they’ve seen what I’ve done to you! [Boys run away] I was just kidding. I have no idea where they live.
Cast & Crew
Peter Segal – Director
Bonnie Turner – Writer
Terry Turner – Writer
David Newman – Composer
Chris Farley – Tommy
David Spade – Richard
Brian Dennehy – Big Tom
Bo Derek – Beverly
Rob Lowe – Paul
Julie Warner – Michelle
Dan Aykroyd – Zalinsky
Sean McCann – Frank Rittenhauer
Zach Grenier – Ted Reilly
James Blendick – Ron Gilmore
Holy schnikes! It’s my Tommy Boy review for the Decades blogathon! Thanks Tom and Mark for hosting such a wonderful event.