The Go-To Movies Are…

This week we’re discussing out favorite feel good movies. Most of the movies that I watch could be considered a feel good movie, I love a happy ending. The world can be too dark at times so why would I want to spend time watching something that isn’t going to bring a little sunshine into my day? I’m not sure that I have a favorite feel good movie but I do have several that are on a list. It really depends on what’s going on at the moment.

A few years back I was going through a rough time. I was incredibly sick, the doctors didn’t know what was going on. I was in and out of the hospital, back and forth to doctors, getting labs several times a month, taking multiple prescriptions, and not sleeping much because of it all. I’d switch the tv on and put a movie in. Eventually, I would drift off to sleep to the familiar storyline. A lot of these movies were Christmas movies. The Holiday starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black, and Jude Law was often played on repeat. I love the story of these two women who are going through heartaches who decide to get away from their lives by swapping houses for Christmas. One ends up in LA and the other in England. Their journeys are so beautiful and uplifting for me. I love how they find themselves and that leads to their happiness.

Another one that I watched often was White Christmas. That is probably my most watched movie. I don’t remember ever seeing it when I was younger. The first time I recall seeing this movie I was 30. Wyatt was a baby and he was teething. It was the winter when my kids and I were living with my parents while waiting for the house we were going to rent to finish getting remodeled. My dad had broken his wrist and was off work after surgery. Wyatt couldn’t sleep because of his gums hurting him so we would go down to the living room and my dad would be watching White Christmas. It was showing on AMC every night (between midnight and 2am) that December. We watched it nearly every night while Wyatt played with his Grandpa and tried to fall back to sleep. Since then it has become my favorite Christmas movie and one of my favorite feel-good movies. There have been times when my kids have looked at me and said “You need to watch White Christmas.” It is such a delightful film and it really just picks a person up. Even my kids will have days when they will ask to watch it.

Do you have certain movies that you watch when times are a little difficult?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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8 Responses to The Go-To Movies Are…

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’ve watched snippets of both The Holiday and White Christmas. I loved the songs in White Christmas, but I think I got a little bored with the storyline. I don’t remember much about The Holiday, other than wishing I could work out a trade with someone in another country.

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  2. kathleenbee says:

    Oh wow. The Holiday is one of my favourite movies. Every time I watch it, I cry when the old man goes up for his award. I love it and also Love Actually, and Happy New Year, and Notting Hill. I even have the whole script for Notting Hill.

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  3. kathleenbee says:

    I haven’t watched White Christmas. I’ll see if I can watch it this year.

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  4. Jeff Salter says:

    I haven’t seen the Holiday, but it sounds like a cool premise.
    I’ve seen bits and pieces of White Christmas. Ehh… it’s not my cup of tea.
    My feel-good movies? Well, I’ll have to think about that before Hound Day Thursday.
    But I don’t think any of the Hallmark films that I’ve seen would fit the bill (for me). I understand their appeal, but I need a bit of a surprise (or twist) at the end of a film… not the formula predictability.

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  5. My favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas. I’ve watched it every year for as long as I can remember. I love the plot, I love the music, and I love the actors. They really seemed to have had fun making the movie. Maybe some of you haven’t given it you full attention. LOL

    I’ve seen The Holiday and wasn’t all that impressed, even though I think Jude Law is a splendid actor. I love most of the Hallmark movies I’ve seen and keep collections of them for the holidays when I just want to relax with a cup of hot cocoa. I think my favorite of these is The Christmas Card. When you just want to relax and watch a good story, there’s nothing wrong with predictability. That’s why we watch the good ones over and over. 🙂

    Anyone who knows me well, or even a little bit from being in my Facebook group forum (Jeff LOL), knows my love of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. I guess those are my feel-good movies. But I also tend to slip in the Pride and Prejudice version with Janet Ehle and Colin Firth when I want a good story, good acting, and not so much fantasy.

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  6. “White Christmas” I s MUST-WATCH for us during the holidays, along with a few others. I bought a copy of “The Holiday” for my sister a few years ago, because that is one of her absolute favorites. Personally, it is not one of my favorites, but I do love Jude Law.

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  7. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I loved The Holiday too. The house in England was incredible.

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