As I flipped through the channels tonight, I saw that Grown Ups was on again, and again, I watched it. Never mind that I’ve seen this movie more than 5 times in the last couple of months. Never mind that I have it recorded on the DVR. It was on FX, so I stopped to watch. As I sat there watching the scene where they guys play arrow roulette, I realized that this is one movie I never tire of. I can watch it no matter my mood.
But there are other movies in different genres that give me the same feeling. In no particular order, I present you:
MOVIES I CAN WATCH NO MATTER MY MOOD
1. GROWN UPS
Five basketball buddies meet thirty years later to bury their coach. This feel-good family movie is one of the funniest I’ve seen in a while. Sometimes Adam Sandler’s movies irritate me, but this one is one of my favorites. As I wrote this post, the movie ended and started up again, and I did not change the channel. Funny line I caught on the second time around was when Gloria tells the women not to fart as the body builder approaches them.
2. PITCH PERFECT
Musicals get a bad rap sometimes, but the young actors combined with fun music make this movie one of my faves. I’ll watch this every time it’s on. Rebel Wilson has some of the funniest lines, and the music has me singing along ( a little out of tune, maybe, but who cares?) The movie makes me wish I was part of the Bellas. Oh, and on my wish list is the soundtrack.
3. SECOND HAND LIONS
The story of a boy abandoned by his irresponsible mother might sound like a downer, but Second Hand Lions is actually an uplifting movie. Left with his bachelor uncles played by Rober Duvall and Michael Caine, Walter’s days are filled with wonderful stories his uncles tell him and a lion they buy.
4. PURE COUNTRY
My husband drove me nuts one summer playing this movie every time it was on cable, and let me tell you, it was on A LOT! But the story of a country singer making it big is played wonderfully by George Strait. It could be that he was just playing himself and not acting. Either way, the story is good, and the singing is even better.
5. YOU’VE GOT MAIL
I saw the original version of this movie, Shop Around the Corner, but there’s something about Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan sharing a screen that makes for a perfect love story. One of my favorite scenes is when Tom Hank’s character brings Meg’s character a bunch of daisies, and she insults him. The way she covers her mouth with her hand and re-insults him as she apologizes is adorable, and Tom Hanks…well, in this movie, he makes me swoon.
6. DAY AFTER TOMORROW
A sudden storm plunges the word into a new Ice Age, and a father must travel across the country to find his son. I love Jake Gyllenhaal and Emmy Rossum in this film. But I cringe every time they burn a book.
7. NEVER BEEN KISSED
This movie made me fall in love with Drew Barrymore again. I loved her in E.T., but the movies she made in her teen years didn’t leave much of an impression on me. With Never Been Kissed, she likable and relatable. She’s goofy and funny, and she shines. This romantic comedy is one I liked enough to buy. Oh, and Michael Vartan…swoon.
8. PRINCESS BRIDE
This classic fairy tale with a princes, an evil prince, lots of swordplay, a giant, giant rats, and a handsome hero has been one of my favorites for many years.
Inigo Montoya: Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
Count Rugen: Stop saying that!
Vizzini: HE DIDN’T FALL? INCONCEIVABLE.
Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
9. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
A screwball comedy with Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. She’s a spoiled rich girl who runs away, and he’s a newspaper reporter looking for a good story. Sparks fly and love blooms. This movie made me a Claudette Colbert fan.
10. 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU
How appropriate that the tenth movie I post has the number ten in it? Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, need I say more? Well, I probably do. This is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. Heath Ledger makes me feel like a teenager again, and yes, he does make me swoon. He plays an outcast who must tame the shrew played by Julia Stiles so that the new kid can date her sister. This movie comes with an awesome soundtrack which is a favorite when I clean.
11. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
This is the story of a real high school football team’s 1988 season. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out recently that one of my college professors graduated from Permian High School. I love most movies about sports, and this one features Lucas Black as the quarterback. Check it out if you haven’t yet.
12. THE PROPOSAL
I was a fan of Ryan Reynolds when he was on the TV show Two Guys, A Girl, and A Pizza Place, but in his movie, well, let’s just say I became an ultra-fan. I love Sandra Bullock and have been her fan since she did Love Potion No. 9. Together, Ryan and Sandra are perfect. It’s another feel-good romantic comedy.
13. THE AVENGERS
The earth is under attack and the only ones who can save it is a team of superheroes. One of my favorite scenes is when the Hulk punches Thor after they defeat the invaders, and of course another scene is when the Hulk takes Loki and smashes him on the floor a couple of times. I don’t know why those two scenes are so satisfying, but they are. I have to say that Robert Downey, Jr. is awesome as Tony Stark. Swoon.
14. IRON MAN
Didn’t I just say that Robert Downey, Jr. makes an excellent Tony Stark? With this smart-aleck one-liners and charismatic charm, Robert brings billionaire/playboy/philanthropist/genius Tony Stark to life. I’m not sure I’d like to work for him, but I sure like watching Tony do his thing. And again swoon, specially in that scene when he’s a prisoner and is hammering the iron for his first Iron Man suit. Swoon and double swoon.
The science fiction TV show about a ragtag team of renegades, Firefly, was taken off the air way too soon, but the fans were treated to an excellent ending in the form of a movie, Serenity. Thank you Joss Whedon. Listen carefully for some great one-liners.
So there you have it. Fifteen movies I can watch any time they’re on the air. Of course, there are many more great choices. What are yours?