It’s important to watch a feel-good, happy film once in a while, whether it’s to cheer you up from the grey weather outside, a stressful day at work or just because you’re in need of a good, old giggle.
Whether it’s a romantic comedy like Jerry Maguire or La La Land to watch while tucked up in bed, or animated films like Up, Soul and Enchanted to accompany you while you sit with a takeaway in your pyjamas, there’s nothing quite like a film to lift your spirits.
As we all know, life is better with cheer, laughter and a bit of a singalong.
In Need Of A Mood Booster? Here’s Our Top Picks Of Happy Films That’ll Do Just The Ticket:
1) The Women, 2008
Mary Haines (Meg Ryan) grapples with the decision as to whether she should leave her cheating husband who is having an affair with Crystal Allen (Eva Mendes).
Along with the help of her supportive, unapologetic and brash friends, she tracks down Allen, and is forced to contemplate what she should do. Haines is also a talented fashion designer who takes time out to throw her energy into her work and career, before it’s crunch time.
It’s a joyous watch with a relatable and heartfelt storyline at its core.
2) How to Be Single, 2016
A feminist take on a traditional rom-com, How to Be Single shows a group of friends approaching single life differently in New York City. Used to playing the field, toying with dating sites and then some, they go onto shake things up further.
Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann and Alison Brie star as a wild foursome who break boundaries. They are shocking, free-spirited and full of life.
3) It’s Complicated, 2009
Thought a film about a divorced couple had to be sombre? Think again, as Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin play a daring, scandalous and reckless one in this comedy.
Jane Adler (Streep) is a single mother-of-three to adult children, whom she shares with ex-husband Jake (Adler). While she is single after their marriage ends, he’s remarried, with a much younger wife.
After reuniting at their son’s university graduation, sparks fly, and thereafter, we see the two mixed up in a racy affair.
4) A Simple Favor, 2018
Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) is a widowed, single stay-at-home mum with a parenting vlog and small-town life, who befriends mysterious elitist Emily Nelson (Blake Lively), who also has a child at the same elementary school. Smothers is taken aback by Nelson and the glamorous life she leads.
Events soon take an unexplainable turn when Emily suddenly goes missing, leading Stephanie to investigate her disappearance.
It’s gripping, fun and explosive.
5) Bridesmaids, 2011
Whether you or a close one are getting hitched or not, this hilarious bridal film will have you in stitches. Themed around friendship, romance and jealousy, it depicts two longtime friends – one who appears to have their life together (Lillian), while the other is at war with herself (Annie).
From the moment Annie learns of Lillian’s engagement, she’s encounters a rollercoaster of emotions, taking stock of where she is in her own life.
Her thoughts and feelings play out in stupendously funny ways, as she rivals another woman from the bridal party to win over Lillian’s attention.