We’ve all had those days when we don’t feel ourselves and all we want to do is curl up in bed with some food and hide away from the world. That’s okay. It’s human nature to want to have some time alone to recover but there’s always a way to feel better whether that’s by seeing someone else or simply doing something you love.
Either way, here’s my top 5 pick-me-up films/series to watch when you’re feeling a little blue:
- Gilmore Girls
I’ve been re-watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix for a few weeks now and there’s a few reasons for that. Firstly, it became available on Netflix in the UK. Secondly, I realised I have forgotten all that happens in the 7 series. Thirdly, there’s a new series of Gilmore Girls coming to Netflix soon so I thought I’d better watch all 7 seasons again. Not that I’m complaining – I watch it whenever I can because I love how real the programme is. Gilmore Girls is great for when you’re not feeling happy, because it reminds you that there’s always someone to make you feel whole again whether that’s friends or family. That combined with its comedic aspect makes it the perfect way to spend your lazy day.
- The Fundamentals of Caring
This is a fairly recent film which I was asked to review. Although I watched it because I was asked to, I found myself laughing and smiling the whole way though. It shows the challenges of a teenager that has muscular dystrophy and his carer. It sounds like something that you might find heart breaking but, honestly, it’s full of humour, jokes and pranks. It makes you realise that even if there’s something permanently wrong, there’s always something positive to fall back on. Paul Rudd stars in this film – he’s one of my favourite actors especially in Friends and Ant Man. You can find my review here.
- Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
I know what you’re thinking – this is a children’s film, right? Yes. Yes, it is. The reason I’ve included this film is because it is full of colour and happiness. It takes you back to when you were little and the biggest worry you had was what scrunchie to put in your hair. The Emporium is more than just toys, it’s a magical place that thrives on happiness and belief. I remember when I bought this in a supermarket and then told my best friend to watch it with me because I named it the ‘happiest film in the world’. Then, whenever we felt sad we’d watch it all over again.
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Kimmy is a very unique woman. She was trapped in a bunker for years and finally when she breaks free, she starts a whole new life. This series is somewhat ridiculous, cheesy and weird but it keeps you smiling because each character has such an interesting personality and goal in life. Kimmy’s grin is contagious. She doesn’t quite understand everything that seems ‘normal’ to everyone else, but that’s what makes the show so good.
An obvious one for anyone who can watch Friends over and over again. I can’t even count how many times I have seen various episodes of Friends, not to mention the fact that I have watched both the box set and all the episodes online. Everyone can relate to each character somehow, especially Joey’s need for food and Rachel’s addiction to shopping. Friends can still make you laugh and cry, even if Chandler’s jokes resemble those on a Penguin Bar wrapper.