When you’re sick you need a certain kind of movie to watch: uplifting, not too serious, and preferably funny. Here are some of my favourites.
I returned to the office last week after four weeks of leave to find everyone had been sick in my absence.
Fortunately, I was not forgotten.
By my fourth day back I was feverish and exhausted, and I’ve spent most of the past six days on the couch–sleeping, watching movies, and providing a heated bed for His Royal Fluffiness.
Hence the topic of this post: classic, endearing, soppy, and generally awesome movies to watch when you’re sick.
Feel free to judge my taste in movies, but if you do I won’t be friends with you any more.
The Princess Bride (1987)
When I was home sick from school I always used to watch this movie. And I was sick a lot because school was really boring. You don’t see how those are related? Never mind.
$100 says you’ve seen this movie. If you haven’t, go watch it RIGHT NOW because you are missing out on one of the great delights of life. I don’t care if you’re currently marooned on a desert island and your laptop battery is down to 8%.
WATCH IT NOW.
I love Disney movies, especially the more classic ones, and what better than a live action movie that gently pokes fun at Disney movies while retaining all of their charm?
Possibly my favourite quote from the movie:
NATHANIEL: Sire, do you… like yourself?
PRINCE EDWARD: What’s not to like?
(You miss the tone reading this, so you should really watch the movie.)
I like to think we could all honestly answer the same way if asked this question, but I expect a lot of people couldn’t. My honest answer would be “mostly” or “usually”.
Real life is too complicated. There will always be something about yourself you don’t like, and no happily ever after will be entirely happy. That’s why we need movies like this.
Don Juan deMarco (1994)
I love this movie, and not just because it has Johnny Depp in it, though he is pretty awesome.
It’s a movie about a guy who didn’t like the reality of his life and his past, so he changed them. Successfully, I might add.
The world would be a more interesting place if more people didn’t let reality fetter them, and I don’t solely mean in the semi-mystical sense. If you don’t like your reality, believe changing it is possible and then change it.
If you want to save Gotham City, save Gotham City.
If you want to be a dragon, be a dragon. And look me up.
Love Actually (2003)
Hugh Grant as Prime Minister of England. And lots of mushy stuff.
But it’s cute, snuggly, touching, and sometimes sad mushy stuff.
Does it have too many love stories for one movie? I don’t care.
Does it have “too much whimsy and corn” (as one Rotten Tomatoes critic claims)? I don’t care.
Q: What do you do when the Prime Minister turns up on your doorstep on Christmas Eve?
A: Demand he sings you Christmas carols.
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
Never mind being sick, this is great movie to watch any time.
A hero called Wart.
A talking owl.
A whole new way to pack for travel.
A castle and knight training, of course.
A magical duel.
An Olympic-size pool full of charm that is not lessened in any way by the animation being more than half a century old.
And did I mention the dragon?
You’re kidding, right?
Bonus: Anything you’ve been wanting to watch for ages that hubby refuses to watch with you
You’re sick. You deserve to see that movie. And hubby is probably at work, anyway.
Are there any movies in particular that you watch when you’re sick? What makes them wonderful?
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