There seems to be a magnetic attraction between December and illness in the house. Thankfully, so far it’s just been mild colds for the kids, but I don’t think we’re alone in this phenomenon. And sick days often merit some snuggle time with a good movie. Tis the season of comfort movies, amirite?!
Which made me wonder….what movies are comfort movies for other families? So I asked the Carrots Facebook community and got some great answers! It was also fun to see how many of our comfort movies are yours, too! So I compiled a list of some good films to watch when you’re feeling under the weather with a cup of tea in hand. (TANGENT: for a sore throat, add hot water to a TBSP or two of apple cider vinegar (the Bragg’s kind with the mother), some lemon juice, and raw honey. It’s like a magic brew.) Ok, on to the movies!
Anne of Green Gables: You know how much I love Anne. And Gilbert. You really can’t go wrong here. Unless, you follow up Anne and Anne the Sequel (pretty decent) with the atrocious Anne the Continuing Story. Do not. Just don’t. NEVER. (In fact, several minutes of the last podcast involved Christy and I losing our minds over how much we hate the dreaded AtCS. Serious business, folks.)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers: Granted, it’s pretty…..weird. When I explained the plot to Daniel, he was horrified. But this was always my go-to movie when I had strep throat as a kid and since I had strep throat all the time (seriously, y’all, the urgent care staff knew me well), much of my childhood was spent singing Bless Your Beautiful Hide to the TV screen. I still love it. I was surprised how many of you named it as your number 1 comfort movie, too!
The Sound of Music: Julie Andrews being adorable. Christopher Plummer stealing your heart. Singing nuns? What more could you want?!
Pride and Prejudice: Ok, so I don’t hate the Kiera Knightly version, but it’s vastly inferior to the Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth miniseries. Except for the soundtrack. The Keira Knightly soundtrack is better. I will give you that. But if you’re really sick, you’re going to want a longer movie, right? And so the Firth version is a must. But I won’t judge if you follow it up with the newer P&P…I do it, too.
Little Women: Don’t mind me. I’m just crying my eyes out at the opening credits. Because that’s how much I love this movie. My mom took me to see it when it opened in theaters on Christmas Day when I was teeny tiny (early 90s?) and I remember it like it was yesterday.
Newsies: I don’t even know where to start describing my love for Newsies. The soundtrack is perfect for pumping up sluggish mornings and who doesn’t love seeing Christian Bale pretending to be a singing cowboy riding along the New York city streets? Santa Fe, are you there?
You’ve Got Mail: Especially when I have a cold this is a must. Kathleen Kelly and I can be snuffly together. But then I always expect daisies.
While You Were Sleeping: Sandra Bullock at her best. So good. Even this chocolate peanut butter tastes better!
The Princess Bride: This was one that we didn’t own when I was growing up, but we rented it at least once a month. Or maybe we taped it from television. But since it’s a story about reading a story to a sick kid…it’s pretty perfect, right?
My Fair Lady: Divine. And I always want to hug Colonel Pickering because he’s just presh.
The Princess Diaries: I don’t own this one. But I’ve seen it and it seems like a pretty great sick day movie to me.
Steel Magnolias: Don’t hate me, but I have to pass on this one. I just couldn’t get past some of the yankee attempts at southern accents. But it’s been at least 20 years since I tried to watch it so….maybe I could get over it?
The Emperor’s New Groove: Totally down with this one. In fact, one of my high school besties and I had the whole thing memorized and quoted it ad nauseum. I’m sure it was super charming and everyone loved it. Ahem.
Sense and Sensibility: Yes, a thousand times yes.
Harry Potter: Just binge watch the whole series. It will cure what ails ya like Madame Pomfrey’s healing charms.
Ever After: Why don’t I own this one? It’s the perfect family-friendly comfort film.
(And I’ve got an extensive list of every BBC costume drama ever produced that’s worth watching over on the latest podcast episode’s show notes.)
Did I miss anything? Share your favorites in the comments!
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