Feel Good Movies to Lift Your Mood

By Aileen Mack

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Movies have a way to change your mood and captivate you, but also they can connect you with your friends, family and even yourself. That’s what I have always loved about movies. When you sit in a movie theater, you’re essentially connecting with a bunch of strangers over this commonality you all share. Sure, you don’t speak with one another, but you’re sharing this piece of art together. I find that quite lovely.

I compiled a list of movies that I have shared with friends or discussed with them in the past year or two. There’s nothing like a good movie to share with people you care about and one that puts a smile on your face when those credits start rolling up.

Little Miss Sunshine

This movie was on my to watch list for a while until my roommate finally showed it to me. The Hoover family goes on a road trip to get their daughter, Olive, into the finals of the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. They experience a couple bumps along the way, including the car breaking down, but make it there on time. However, it doesn’t go as expected. This comedy-drama while sad at times will bring your mood back up again.

Sisters

When Tina Fey and Amy Poehler come together, you know it’s going to be good. Two sisters find out their parents are selling their childhood home and decide to have one last party, inviting all their previous high school classmates. Let me tell you, things go down at this party. Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena also have featured roles in the movie. It’s incredibly funny, and a must watch for fans of Fey and/or Poehler.

Camp Takota

This is one of my personal favorites that I watch every year on the anniversary of its release. A woman who gets fired and unengaged in the same day decides to become a counselor at her old summer camp. She reunites with her two friends she met there, and when the camp’s future is in jeopardy, they come together to save it and change their own lives. It stars Hannah Hart, Mamrie Hart (no relation), and Grace Helbig, who are all YouTubers and comedians. It never fails to put a smile on my face, and just a warning, there are puns and bad jokes in this movie.

Love Actually

It may seem as a Christmas movie, but it really doesn’t matter what time of year it is. With multiple stories going on throughout this movie, you’re bound to like and/or relate to some of them. It stars many wonderful actors, including Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant and Kiera Knightly, just to name a few. This movie is a great reminder that love is all around us, and if you’re an Anglophile like me, you’ll love it, assuming you’ve never seen it.

Matilda

I personally don’t have any childhood memories attached with this movie, but I am quite fond of the movie. The first time I experienced this story was while seeing the musical in London when I was studying abroad. It’s the story of Matilda, an incredibly smart little girl, dealing with her mean parents who don’t understand her and the worst school principal. But, she does make loyal friends and has a wonderful teacher at this school, who help her to outsmart them. It makes the child in me so happy, and I always finish this movie with a smile on my face.

Finding Dory

If you ask me, watching a Disney movie is never a bad idea. In the sequel to Finding Nemo, Marlin and Nemo help Dory, who has short-term memory loss, find her family. As suspected, they meet all sorts of new characters and face challenges along the way that Dory solves in unique ways only she can think of. I will admit I cried both times I watched this movie, but I promise it’s got a good ending. Plus baby Dory is just so cute.

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