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Feel-good films that will lighten your day

Tom Watts, 25th Apr 2020
Tags: Life Blog Adventure Animation Comedy Family

Fighting with My Family

If you’re self-isolating with your own family, then perhaps this is one for you.

It’s a surprise comedy from 2019 that tells the (mostly) true story of Paige, an amateur wrestler from Norwich.

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She finds herself training in America with The Rock, played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, whilst her older brother gets overlooked back home.

It’s sweet, it’s funny, and it’s the perfect film for how many of us feel right now.

Where to find it: Netflix

Shazam

I recently reviewed ‘Birds of Prey’, and I’m shocked that I’m recommending another DC comics movie.

Shazam is easily one of the most fun superhero movies that offers a perfect balance between action, comedy and heart.

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It follows the story of Billy Batson, a 14-year-old, who discovers that he can transform into a superhero by shouting ‘Shazam!’

The end battle is something you don’t want to miss. It will leave you with a surprisingly warm fuzzy feeling inside.

Where to find it: NowTV/Sky Movies

Paddington and Paddington 2

Is Paddington the best British family film ever made? Probably.

To be honest, it’s between that and Paddington 2, which is also on Amazon Prime. So you can spend more than three happy hours in the company of everyone’s favourite marmalade munching bear.

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Combining silly slapstick with adventure, Paddington always feels like it’s made for whatever mood you’re in. It’s one of the most rewatchable films out there.

Where to find it: Amazon Prime

School of Rock

Awesome soundtrack: Check. Adorable storyline: Check. Jack Black: Check.

It’s hard to imagine that this film came out 17 years ago, but its story feels as fresh today as it did back then.

Jack Black, an under-appreciated rock star, becomes a cash-strapped substitute teacher in a junior school who is desperate to make it big.

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Full of some perfect comic performances, and some seriously talented kids, if you’ve not seen this before, then you’re in for a treat!

Where to find it: NowTV/Sky Movies

Ratatouille

I’m sure you already know this movie is great, and you know the ending is great, and you know it will make you feel better right now.

Join Remi as he dreams of becoming a great French chef with one small problem… he's a rat!

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Since Disney+ has landed in the UK, it seems like the perfect time to stop watching the Marvel Universe marathon, for the 14th time, and settle down for one of Pixar’s finest films.

Where to find it: Disney+

Chef

An edgier film choice, but it deserves its place on the list.

Chef Carl Caspe, played by Jon Favreau of Marvel fame, quits his job at a Los Angeles restaurant. He then finds himself in Miami, teaming up with his ex-wife, his friend, and his son, to launch a food truck.

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It’s a touching comedy that has plenty of “one door closes, but another one opens” moments, which resonates with how many of us might often feel.

I can assure you that you’ll sleep soundly after watching this, if a little hungry!

Where to find it: Amazon Prime

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