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C’mon, Get Happy! (A Selection of Feel-Good Films)

C’mon, Get Happy! (A Selection of Feel-Good Films)

By November 21, 2014 Pulp Non-Fiction One Comment

We all have our favorite comfort movies. You know, those movies we go to when we’re feeling down and we need to either cry it out, laugh, or have some sort of life-changing epiphany. There’s something about these go-to films that feels like a giant hug, and while having a list of comfort movies is a good thing, I suggest you balance that with a selection of HAPPY films! This one would include movies that make you happy. Simple as that. And it doesn’t matter if they are simple, low-budget films or if they are pieces of cinematic greatness, the only criteria is that they should never fail to put an easy smile on your face.

In that spirit, I’m going to share MY favorite happies with you. It doesn’t matter if it’s 2am – if one is on TV I will watch it, because happiness and laughs are guaranteed and that is WAY more important than sleep.

Let’s go!

1.- Scott Pilgrim vs The World – Edgar Wright

Very few things are better than a movie about life, if life was like a video game. Scott Pilgrim vs The World is based on the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley and the film is a beautiful combination of live-action, details from the graphic novel and video game-style situations (I could really use some coins right now).

It is those very Edgar Wright elements – his signature action montages and close-ups – that I love to death.

I’ve probably previously mentioned that Edgar Wright is one of my favourite humans on the planet, and it’s thanks, in big part, to this movie. It makes me so happy, guys. It can’t do any wrong.

In fact, Scott Pilgrim vs The World is one of the movies I quote the most on a daily basis. This is a formal apology to my friends who have watched this movie with me: I know the lines by heart and I laugh every single time.

My life can be resumed in two quotes from this film: “I have to go pee due to boredom,” & “Bread makes you fat?!”

2.- Scary Movie 3 – David Zucker

I love the Scary Movie franchise, barring the latest film. Why did they even make a fifth? And how dare they make one without Anna Farris?!

Out of the first four films, my favourite by far is the third. I know the jokes, I know what’s going to happen, but I still laugh as if I was watching it for the first time. It’s ridiculous, I know, but it never fails to make me laugh until my belly hurts. It has some pretty memorable lines too, you must admit. And how can you not love a film with Leslie Nielsen as the President?

Maybe one of the reasons that I love it it’s because it makes fun of The Ring. I confess I find that movie to be quite ridiculous. Feels good to see I’m not the only one who thinks that!

3.- Cornetto Trilogy – Edgar Wright
These three totally count as one. And why yes, there ARE large doses of Edgar Wright on this list. I can’t help it – his style makes me oh, so happy!

This trilogy has everything: living-dead people (we don’t say the “z” word here, ok?), cops and the apocalypse. Oh, and Cornettos. Because Cornettos are awesome.

Shaun of the Dead is even better than the remake of Dawn of the Dead (this is coming from a huge James Gunn fan); Hot Fuzz is a parody of action/cop films (this one is my favourite!) and The World’s End is a different take on the apocalypse (this one is my fav… oh. Yeah, I can’t choose just one. It’s impossible).

In short: the Cornetto trilogy is visual comedy at its finest and I can’t wait to see the badass trio of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost together again.

Hey, Mr. Wright, in case you’re reading this: you are fabulous! Please keep making awesome movies that bring happiness to the world and inspire me and my fellow filmmakers/friends. And don’t lose that beard, please. I love it.

Even the trailers are genius.


4.- Bruce Almighty.- Tom Shadyac
One of the people on my “please be immortal” list is Jim Carrey, for two reasons: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Bruce Almighty.

The scene in the first part of the movie where he runs in slow motion, pouring milk on the children’s glasses while the theme of Chariots of Fire plays… I laugh just thinking of it.

Bruce Almighty, aside from teaching me a nice way of remembering how “beautiful” is spelled, taught me a very valuable life lesson that I always apply: That’s the way the cookie crumbles.


5.- Uptown Girls – Boaz Yakin
Uptown Girls has a very, very special place in my heart because one of my best friends and I used to quote it all the time while we danced and sang “Molly Smiles” together.

Although it’s not properly a comedy film as much as the rest of my list, seeing Brittany Murphy free-dancing in the park while Dakota Fanning keeps walking with the straightest face makes me strangely happy.

Also, you can’t deny that “Sheets of Egyptian Cotton” is catchy. It makes no sense, but it’s catchy.


As you can see, my list goes from greatness to not-that-good, but what makes them awesome is that they indeed make me happy. So happy I could dance. So happy I do dance!


Now it’s your turn to share your “Happy Movie” list!

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