Netflix has added loads of movies this summer! And with school rapidly approaching, I’m spending my weekend mornings relaxing with watching some of the best feel-good movies Netflix has to offer. While watching them, I knew I had to share with you!
#1 Wild Child
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Poppy (Emma Roberts) has everything her unlimited credit cards can buy, and a spoiled attitude to match. After a final thoughtless prank, her exasperated father (Aidan Quinn) ships her off to boarding school in England. There, Poppy meets her match in a stern headmistress (Natasha Richardson) and a class full of girls who will not tolerate her selfishness.
My take on it: I actually just watched this one again last night! A classic coming-of-age tale, a spoiled girl finds herself surrounded by girls with hearts of gold and figures out what it truly important to her. Full of funny lines, quirky language (got to love the Brits), and heart-warming moments, this one is an instant classic and a must-see.
#2 Mamma Mia
Summary: Donna (Meryl Streep), an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day.
My take on it: Do I even need to explain myself? An absolutely stunning cast and soundtrack, this movie is amazing. ABBA outdid themselves with the music. Chock-full of impressive dancing numbers and swoon-worthy characters, this movie will always be popular.
#3 The Princess Diaries
Summary: Shy San Francisco teenager Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is thrown for a loop when, from out of the blue, she learns the astonishing news that she’s a real-life princess! As the heir apparent to the crown of the small European principality of Genovia, Mia begins a comical journey toward the throne when her strict and formidable grandmother, Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews), shows up to give her “princess lessons.”
My take on it: Disney really outdid themselves with this one. Anne Hathaway is beautiful, Julie Andrews is amazing, and this is a great tale of finding yourself when everyone else tries to define you. There is a great message associated with this film, which is why it makes the list! I always find myself laughing when I watch this movie.
#4 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Summary: An advice columnist, Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson), tries pushing the boundaries of what she can write about in her new piece about how to get a man to leave you in 10 days. Her editor, Lana (Bebe Neuwirth), loves it, and Andie goes off to find a man she can use for the experiment. Enter executive Ben Berry (Matthew McConaughey), who is so confident in his romantic prowess that he thinks he can make any woman fall in love with him in 10 days. When Andie and Ben meet, their plans backfire.
My take on it: I cannot tell you how much I love this movie. I love Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey is a stud. This is the ultimate romantic comedy and an all-around great piece of work. As long as I live, this will be one of my favorite films (if not my all-time favorite!).
Summary: Dapper Koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine.
My take on it: Such a cute, adorable flick! I’m a sucker for underdog films, and this one definitely qualifies. With a stellar cast and a good soundtrack, this is a classic. I found myself rooting for the characters as they each went through their respective troubles. This movie does a great job of delving into each character and getting to know them. While tackling a lot of relevant issues in an animated way, I can’t recommend this movie enough.
These are the five movies that I always find myself turning to when I want a feel-good film. Since these movies are on Netflix, they are super accessible to everyone. I hope that you like these recommendations! If you’ve watched them, leave a comment below with your thoughts. Thank you so much for reading!