When I feel depressed or disheartened, I need something to cheer me up. Unfortunately, my days of party girl where I’d go clubbing until the end of the night and drink like a well are so so far behind me.To be honest, I am quite ok with this. Yeah, I am a 24 years old grandma and I completely stand by it. So what I do instead is watching movies that make me laugh and feel good.
My top five cheer-up movies
1. Love & Friendship
If you are a fan of Jane Austen and any of the movies adapted from her novels, then this if for you. However, beware. It’s not as cheesy as Sense and Sensibility or happily ever after focused as Pride and Prejudice. Movie-wise I mean. The movie is adapted from short correspondence novel Lady Susan and is absolutely delicious to watch. Really! The movie follows wry and calculating borderline bitchy Lady Susan in her quest for wealth and profit. Kate Beckinsale is absolutely fabulous in this role and everything in the movie is so satisfying. Not that I like vilains. She is not really a vilains. She just does not give a fuck and makes it look absolutely fine.
2. Bad moms
Being a mum if tough. It’s stressful, demanding and exhausting. Life will never be the same. Yet, dreaming of getting back to your old life is fine. Being late, not so involved in the school’s life and imperfect is absolutely fine too. If one mum is being bitchy, authoritative and obsessed with perfection, then, there must be a reason why. The world is not black and white so wait before judging and never apologize for who you are. Which is what Bad Moms tells us and why I loved it so much. It also made the perspective of having babies and see my life change more acceptable. Highly recommended!
3. She’s the man
There are really few movies that make me laugh continually and She’s the man is one of them. Viola is driven by her passion. She is willing to do what’s necessary to make everybody shut up about her abilities. She is as good as a man and she’ll prove it. I also really appreciate how the movie turns typical feminine topics that society makes taboo in normal and acceptable things. Yes, tampons are not a source of embarrassment for girls nor boys. Two disappointments though: how the end emphasizes on how being feminine is important to get the guy (well you should always stay true to who you are) and Monique who is a bitchy, needy and hysterical feminine cliché. But no movie is perfect I guess.
Who could have left brilliant and hilarious Mulan out from such a list. Mulan was an inspiration when I was a girl. She was my role model. She was not royal but she was a badass nonetheless. Although this movie has some problematic aspects (all Disney movies have), it still sends an amazing message to girls. Yes, you can accomplish anything. It’s not because people tell you you not capable that you are. They don’t know. Forget about them. If you want something, you can get it. It’s all about will power and determination. I also must say that Mushu is the highlight of the movie. He is so funny (although it annoys me that all Disney princesses have a companion pet to interact with instead of a human friend,. Sorry but it is just infantilizing them).
5. Bridget Jones’ diary
Last but not least, Bridget Jones of course! I am not so sure about the most obvious meaning of the movie as in “you need to get a man otherwise you’re life is not worth it”. However, I do believe that passed the first impression, there are much more than that in the movie. Friendship, determination, female empowerment, being sexy not matter your size, etc. I think Bridget is really relatable. She could be any of us. She tries to have absolute control over her life but learns that she must let go of some to truly live. I think society makes women worry to much about not so essential things and it’s up to us to make that change.
So, what do you think about that list? You know about my favorite movies to watch when I am not feeling so cheerful. I am curious to know your go-to movies! Tell me everything!
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