7 Films To Make You Feel Better When You’re Under The Weather

For the past four days I’ve been battling the mother of all flus, in and out of consciousness, hallucinating due to a high fever and layed in housearrest getting cabin fever. This post is for anyone out there facing the stuffed, headaching horribleness that is a monsterous cold.

Houseboat (1958)

Whenever I’m feeling under the weather, I turn to 50’s films. There’s an idyllic feel to them, none of that gritty, realistic battle of life is depicted, but rather a utopian existence of gentlemen and perfect lady-like women under a sphere of romanticism. Houseboat is the model for all romantic comedies that ever existed, it’s light, non-contrieved, funny and elegant but most of all, hopeful.

O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)

If I could, I would call this my favourite Coen film. Somehow based on Homer’s Odyssey this layered Depression-era epic leaves you anything but depressed and one of the main reasons for that is the music. The genius behind it is T Bone Burnett, a guy that got completely snubbed for every award, collects an amazing mixture of tunes and sounds together to bring O Brother to a completely different level.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

A classic overlooked by many, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is kind of a screwball meets cartoon comedy, that was way ahead of it’s time. Great one-liners and one of the sexiest ladies to ever brighten the big-screen.

The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)

I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea with all of the sex jokes and such (to put it mildly). I know it’s offensive on multiple levels. But to date it’s still my favourite comedy made after the year 2000. It’s Steve Carell‘s comedic persona in 116 minutes. It’s Seth Rogen before he became obnoxious. It’s Apatow‘s golden child. It’s so quotable that it will be around for years on end. And it’s hilarious.

The Full Monty (1997)

Due to inexplicable circumstances for some reason The Full Monty was my favourite film when I was about 9 years old. It’s got some great, laughable scenes, some heartfelt moments and stiff Englishmen letting loose. It’s lovable.

Spirited Away (2001)

Kind of like Alice In Wonderland, but tons better. Has some of the most amazing creatures and characters to ever hit the bigscreen, Spirited Away works on so many levels. It’s an adventure, a comedy, a drama and a classic tale of finding yourself. It’s amazingly done, and best appreciated in it’s original language, giving it kind of an eery feel. Charming and whimsical, if you’ve never ventured outside western animation, Spirited Away will blow your mind.

Finding Nemo (2003)

Possibly my favourite Pixar production, Finding Nemo is lovely and heartbreaking and funny. It’s one of the most accepted animations by adults in a long time (then came Wall-E). It made grown men cry. It’ll propably make you cry, and laugh and cry all at the same time.


12 responses to “7 Films To Make You Feel Better When You’re Under The Weather

  1. here i am again , asking your advice: I am sick at home with my mom and I really can’t even do anything else then sit and watch tv- or great movies. But with my mom, they have to be romantic and funny, but not too much. Something similar to Eat Pray Love. Could you help me on finding a good movie to watch?

    • I never saw Eat Pray Love, but I’m assuming I kind of know what it’s like. Here’s a few that are genuinely funny and romantic, but not clichéd (and also fine to see with your mom). Lars And The Real Girl (don’t be fooled by the synopsis, it’s a great, uplifting film), Waitress (this got really overlooked by a lot of people, but a great indie romcom), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (wasn’t my favourite, I’m not a huge Allen fan, but a lot of people loved it and it’s very similar in vibe to E, P, L), Before Sunset and Before Sunrise (both lovely film in a day depictions of strangers meeting in Paris for a moment, and then meeting again years later). Also I would try any 50’s Cary Grant film that’s classified as a comedy, they have a lovely spirit to them. Hope this helps : -)

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  3. When I’m sick I always watch Mermaids(1990) starring Cher,Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci and Bob Hoskins! And Four weddings and a funeral! Hope you get better soon!

  4. What a GREAT list. My personal favourites are Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Finding Nemo. I love Dory! “I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy.”

  5. I love Dory, too! Nice list here, I’ll be sure to pop in my Nemo dvd when I’m feelin’ blue. I agree w/ Noona on ‘Four Weddings,’ it’s such a jolly film. I’d surely include Gods Must Be Crazy on my list.

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