Let’s face it, the world today is in chaos. In fact, it’s been a long time. According to WHO, more than 264 million people suffer from depression globally. It is Lots. And to make matters worse, it looks like the pandemic will only last longer. In this sad time, what better way to cheer your soul up than to watch a good movie night? So, here is a list of Ten comedies and movies that are fun to watch when things look bad.
10. Bucket List
The Bucket List is a 2007 comedy drama film starring the stunning Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. Needless to say, with these legendary actors on screen, this film will be worth watching. The story is about two cancer patients Carter Chambers and Edward Cole who meet at the hospital after being diagnosed with lung cancer. It was clear that the two of them would die but dying without fulfilling their every wish would only make them more bitter. Edward asks Carter to join him on a journey to check all the boxes on their wish-list, and there, the journey begins.
9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
This one is a 2013 comedy adventure drama film based on a short story by James Thurber of the same title. The film is directed and co-produced by Ben Stiller, who also plays the main character in the film. The story follows a negative asset manager at a magazine company who often walks out of the room daydreaming of adventures. Don’t we all like Walter a little? Daydreaming about going on adventures while being limited by everyday life. This one is a great choice for feeling a little better on a boring day.
8. Bird Man
A 2014 film starring Michael Keaton, Birdman is about how we sometimes fall from a height and try to climb back up. The story is about Riggan Thomson, an actor tormented by the conscience of Birdman, a character he played in the past in blockbuster films. Riggan now tries to regain fame and virtue by making play, but often he imagines himself to be birdman again. The lines between real and imaginary blur in the film at points that actually make it a surreal experience.
A 2007 comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and produced by acclaimed comedy director Judd Apatow. Starring the likes of Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, and Seth Rogan, this film is sure to lift your spirits with all the banter, and hilarious moments it packs in. The story follows teenagers who try to throw a party to impress a few girls before entering college, but things go fast.
6. Reversed / Untouched Parts
The Upside is the 2017 British version of the American remake of the French film The Intouchables. The stories of the two are similar, inspired by the real lives of Abdel Sallou and Philippe Pozo in Borgo. It follows a paralyzed billionaire who hires a former criminal nanny to fend for himself as he struggles to live his daily life. The two of them make an unlikely friendship and have lots of great moments throughout their lives.
5. Benefits of Being a Wallflower
Closer to our number 1 is this beautiful film by Stephen Chbosky based on his own novel of the same name. The story follows a newcomer, Charlie, as he passes his junior year of high school and writes to an unnamed friend about his struggles and victories. Films about early friendships, love, and how sometimes, a single moment can be infinite.
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4. Caring Basics
A 2016 comedy film about a novel called The Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison. This film stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, and singer Selena Gomez. The story is about a man who takes a small course to become a registered caregiver. She was hired by a bank office manager to treat her son with muscular dystrophy. Rich dialogue, funny, and a one-life-it-all story concept is what you need to brighten up your day.
3. Jojo Rabbit
2019 comedy drama film by renowned director Taika Waititi. The story is set in Nazi Germany and follows a ten-year-old boy Jojo whose imaginary friend is the goofy Hitler, played by Waititi himself. Jojo learns that his mother hid a Jewish girl in their home, and it is this conflict that ensues that pushes the story forward. This film can feel serious at times, but in the end, it just makes you feel a little lighter than before.
2. Peanut Butter Falcon
2019 comedy drama film by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, and Zack Gottsagen. Zack, who has Down Syndrome in real life, plays a character with the same name (spelled Zak) as well as Down Syndrome. Zak flees from his living facility and is helped to practice wrestling with his hero.
1. Start Again
And for our number 1 spot, we have Start Again. 2013 musical comedy drama film starring Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo. Keira plays a singer in New York City who is accidentally discovered by Mark, a producer who asks her to make an album with him from locations all over New York. The perfect film to feel at peace with the beautiful music and perfect friendship of the main characters. With this one, you can’t feel sad anymore.
And these are our top ten movies to watch when you want to feel better. Is there a film that deserves to be on the list but isn’t there? Let us know in the comments.