Saturday, September 8, 2012

Feel Good Movies that Transcend the Cliche

A couple of days ago, I had the pleasure of seeing Kinky Boots, a British movie based on a true story. It's one of those "feel good" movies that critics often dismiss as fluff. If anything, Kinky Boots is more quirky than kinky. And despite its stereotypical characters, it's an endearing movie, with perhaps a few lessons about acceptance.

Seeing the movie made me think of other movies that transcend their cliches and verge on the great. Here's a list of my favorite feel good movies. 

Shirley Valentine - What does it mean to be middle aged? This witty and clever movie stands for the proposition that it's never too late to start anew.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Although not usually considered a feel good movie, Gene Wilder's performance is so funny that you can't help but feel good. 

Finding Nemo - Ellen DeGeneres steals the show. She is incredible.

The Incredibles - Edna Mode! 

Some Like It Hot - Tony Curtis, Jack Lemon, and Marilyn Monroe. How can this miss! 

The Lady Eve - Fonda and Stanwyck have the chemistry in this screwball comedy from the early 1940s. 

Enchanted - This has it all: music, comedy and romance. A gem.

Gentlemen Prefer Blonds - Wow! Marilyn Monroe is both beautiful and funny in this comedy masterpiece. And don't forget Jane Russell. 

My Life Without Me - We all face the knowledge of our death. So, a movie that acknowledges the realities of life and death can, in a sense, make you feel good. At least it did for me.

Miracle on 34th Street - A touching movie about nobility, virtue, and faith. A holiday classic.

Educating Rita - Another inspiring movie about making changes in your life. 

Queen for Play - A quiet French film about chess. Kevin Klein in his first french speaking role. 

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