With summer winding down and the 24/7 news cycle providing plenty to fret over, there’s nothing like a little cinematic pick-me-up. Here, a roundup of our favourite feel-good movies on Netflix. (To feel even better, watch these in PJs while eating ice cream out of the container.)
The Oscar-nominated biopic — starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae — tells the story of a trio of black female mathematicians who blew past the stratosphere (and the status quo) working at NASA in the 1960s.
Bill Murray is at his best as a crusty, foul-mouthed booze bag who forms an unlikely kinship with his next-door-neighbour’s young son. Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts co-star.
Yes, there’s an ill-advised dalliance with Seth Rogan, but the key love story here is between father and daughter, played by Kelsey Grammer and Kristen Bell. Rachel (Bell) is a bride who gets left at the altar and ends up honeymooning with — you guessed it — Frasier.
This hilarious high-school rom-com has all of the essential tropes: cliques, cool girls, a major makeover, and a hunky jock who (spoiler alert) may just have a heart of gold.In The Mood For A Good Cry? Here Are 8 Of The Best Tearjerkers On Netflix Canada
Ryan Reynolds is a dad who tells his daughter the story of how he met her mother through a series of flashbacks. Three possible candidates are played by Rachel Weisz, Isla Fisher and Elizabeth Banks, and the flashbacks take place in the ’90s — which means plenty of classic jams.
The Parent Trap
The ’90s remake has all the feel-good fun of the original — and Lindsay Lohan (times two!) before she turned into a tabloid fixture.
Hello, my name is Doris
Sally Field plays a quirky 60-something woman whose monotonous life takes a turn when she develops a crush on a young co-worker.
Not all ’80s rom-coms hold up to contemporary values (cough, cough Sixteen Candles), but some things — i.e., proving your love by holding a ghetto blaster over your head while blaring Peter Gabriel — remain classic for a reason.