Happy films are always a must, and I live by that. It’s important to watch a feel-good movie once in a while. You need it to cheer yourself up after finishing a stressful day at work. Or, maybe you just need a laugh. I recommend these movies that will accompany you while you tuck yourself in your comfort corner and eat takeout or some chips in your pajamas. These films gave always lifted my spirits up. And, I hope it does the same thing to you.
So, here are nine happy films set in the 2000s to 2010s that will definitely lift your mood
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
First of all, I am a huge fan of Harry Potter. I have been collecting Harry Potter-related merchandise for a long time. I don’t have a huge collection but it’s coming along. The Harry Potter movies have long inspired me, the characters – no matter how fictitious they remain – have taught me something in life. I take a journey with them and relive my childhood. Although I prefer the books, the movies provide essential viewing for improved happiness.
Legally Blonde (2001)
“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t,” says Elle Woods. Well, people who want to feel happy will watch one of the happy films I recommend. An innocent and unaware Beverly Hills sorority girl defies judgment and heartbreak to become Harvard’s top lawyer. Perfect for women everywhere, this movie also proves that just because you’re “girly” does not mean you can’t be “serious.” You can dress in pink and lead an entire revolution.
School of Rock (2003)
Admittedly, I haven’t watched this film in a long time. But, as I recall, this is one astonishing film. After getting kicked out of his rock band, he decides to pose as his friend and take a job as a teacher at Horace. He meets a group of students – perfect to make up a band to compete in the Battle of the Bands. If you hate this film, I have one thing to say to you, “You’re tacky and I hate you.”
13 Going On 30 (2004)
This movie made me hate growing up. And, now that I’m 23 years old, it makes me realize how much I would hate to go back to being a clueless thirteen-year-old girl. But, even when that’s the case, I still want to become thirty, flirty, and thriving. I want to become one of the most notable editors in the country, have an entire room of to-die-for clothing, eat razzles, and… well, marry Mark Ruffalo.
I just want to become a princess and cut out curtains for my own dresses. This movie made the physical world look more magical than it actually is. Especially, when Princess Giselle stepped onto the scene in this adorable live-action musical fantasy rom-com after Queen Narissa banished her. Despite being set to wed Prince Edward, she finds herself falling for New York-based Robert. And, all I want to do is watch the movie all day long, singing and dancing to That’s How You Know.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Excuse me, but Meryl Streep was 58 years old when she filmed this movie. She was 58! And, she was jumping on the bed and splitting in the air. How on earth are you going to say no to this movie? Especially, with non-stop ABBA tunes and Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, and Julie Walters stealing the show. Then, in 2018’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, you see Lily James and you just want to live the life on a Greek island being pursued by three absolutely gorgeous men.
Okay, so, let’s get it out of the way. Yes, you will be bawling and weeping your eyes out after that scene early on in this Pixar “happy” film. But, you will soon feel inspired… I promise! Carl had always dreamt of traveling South America with his wife, Ellie. And, although Ellie won’t be there to achieve that dream, Carl takes us on the adventure… with an eight-year-old wilderness explorer named Russel. Oh, and a talking dog. And, a large bird named Kevin.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, and Brittany Snow among the handful of stellar comedic actresses. Need I say more? The plot follows an all-girl a capella group, The Barden Bellas, as they compete to win Nationals. Filled with my type of humor – sarcasm, and self-deprecation mixed together. Your frown will be turned upside down as you watch Fat Amy strut her stuff and show you thin bitches what she got.
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
As a crazy not-rich Asian, I am obsessed with this movie. Based on Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel of the same name, the film has a stellar all-Asian cast. Of course, this includes Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, and Awkafina. As Rachel accompanies her crazy rich boyfriend Nick to his best friend’s wedding in China, she soon realizes that she’s actually wealthy… beyond comprehension. And, let the response say… SANA ALL!!!
These nine happy films have always put a smile on my face. How about you, what movie will you recommend that easily lifts your mood?
Angela Grace P. Baltan is a Communication graduate from Colegio de San Juan de Letran. She doesn’t hesitate to be opinionated in analyzing movies and television series. As a writer, she uses her articles to advocate for feminism, gender equality, and mental health among others.