Feel-good films on Netflix right now
Escape reality for a while and treat yourself to a film that's guaranteed to make you feel good. From guilty pleasures to the ones we're not ashamed to love, absurd action flicks to rom-com cheese, Netflix has you sorted – so you need only worry about the snacks
1. The Fundamentals of Caring (15)
A Netflix Original about a writer (Paul Rudd) who on becoming a carer, finds himself matched up with a young man who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and a mischevious sense of humour.
“The Fundamentals of Caring is properly heartwarming – and quirky. Netflix does good quirky.”
“It had me weeping proper teary tears – such a good film.”
“Perfect Friday night viewing.”
2. Mamma Mia! (PG)
The ABBA-inspired film that Mumsnetters love to hate. We still cry every time we hear the song 'Slipping Through My Fingers'. One to watch with the family, if only as an excuse for group sing-a-long where you actually know the words.
“Love Mamma Mia. Colin Firth gets tied to a pole, surely not much else matters?!”
“What a great laugh-out-loud, feel-good, music-wash-over-you film. And boy can Meryl Streep sing!”
“The guiltiest of guilty film pleasures: Mamma Mia (goes into hiding).”
3. Hot Fuzz (15)
The brilliant British duo from zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead return – this time as hopeless cops in a quaint English village. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are joined by cameos from a number of national treasures – oh, and an angry swan.
“Absolutely hysterical – and infinitely quotable.”
“I really enjoy Hot Fuzz for some reason and have watched it probably 10 times, and still would watch it right now!”
4. Furious 7 (Fast & Furious) (12A)
Dominic and the gang face revenge from the Shaw family. Contains the usual fast-paced street races and extravagant special effects.
“I love the Fast & Furious movies. Every single one. You have to watch all of them in order to truly appreciate their genius. They transcend crapness and transform into art. I am actually ridiculously excited about the eighth one. I'll be the 34-year-old, non-driving mum in a cinema full of adolescent boys.”
5. Airplane! (12A)
Yes, the one with the inflatable co-pilot, and the delightfully slapstick humour. A classic film that never gets old.
“I wish there were more comedy films like this.”
“Airplane – kills me every single time. And don't call me Shirley.”
6. Clueless (12)
If you haven't already seen Amy Heckerling's iconic 90s film and (loose) adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, you're in for a treat. Starring Alicia Silverstone as a less-clueless-than-she-seems female lead, and the late Brittany Murphy, Clueless follows the up and downs of teen life in Beverley Hills.
“Clueless is a CLASSIC!”
“The script contains such brilliant nonsense like [Tai's put-down to Cher]: 'You're a virgin who can't drive.'”
7. Mystic Pizza
Because sometimes all you need a good cheese-filled 80s film. This coming-of-age movie stars Julia Roberts as one of three teenage girls working at a pizza restaurant in the Connecticut town of Mystic.
“I'm not too fond of Julia Roberts but I enjoyed this – a very watchable feel-good film when I thought it would be too cheesy.”
“I watched Mystic Pizza last week. Loved it.”
8. Sharknado movies (15)
Not everyone's cup of tea, Sharknado has to be seen to be believed – especially as there are not one but four films about a freak hurricane scooping up thousands of sharks. This freaky flick is best appreciated for its comic value.
“Total shite, crap special effects, and abysmal acting but I can't stop watching it. In fact, I love any crappy B movie with ridiculous monsters in.”
“Love, love, love Sharknado. I think my favourite bit is when they are on the highway, and there's a thud against the car. 'What's that?' they exclaim, 'It's a tiger shark!'. Cut to stock footage of a shark in the deep blue sea and then straight to a shot of the car – the water doesn't even reach the wheel arch. Brilliant.”
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