Movies to beat a bad mood

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The Princess Bride

Giants, swordfights, pirates, true love. What else could you possibly need to cure a bad mood? The Princess Bride is a cult classic that almost everyone has watched at least once, and if not you’ve at least heard of it. It’s a medieval / slightly fantasy movie made in the 80s, and is definitely very embarrassing. It’s one of those movies that you love because it’s so bad it’s good. It features a very intense love between Princess Buttercup (yes that’s her name) and Westley, who are separated for five years when Westley goes to seek his fortune and is captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts (also his real name).  As a bonus, it’s one of the most quotable movies of all time, and when you rewatch it you will definitely find yourself mouthing along to all your favourite parts.

The Wizard of Oz

Although this movie could be considered kind of old, and you’ve definitely seen it about 1,000 times at your grandparents’ house and on Sunday afternoon TV, there is something comforting about watching a movie that has been a big (if unwanted) part of your life. This movie features Judy Garland as Dorothy in one of the first movies to be shown in technicolour. It has singing, a cute dog named Toto, flying monkeys, witches (good and bad), a yellow brick road, a scarecrow, a tin man, and lions and tigers and bears (oh my!). Take some time out to re-engage with this movie and you won’t regret it. And maybe one day you’ll be showing it to your own grandkids.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

This movie is especially helpful for beating a bad mood that has been caused by uni work or an annoying person in your tutorial. Although you may not be able to skip class to have the best day ever because you’re relying on those participation points for your passing grade, you can live vicariously through Ferris Bueller, and check out of your own life for two hours while watching him live out the kind of day you wish you could have. Although you may have seen it before, there’s a reason this movie is a classic, and it is definitely worth watching again and again.

Clueless

Depending on who you ask, this 90s classic is either a bitter rival of Mean Girls, or the obvious yet understated frontrunner of the two. Although Clueless is loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma, you wouldn’t know it when watching the high school drama and fashion emergencies that plague the film. Underneath this superficial yet entertaining content are some complex relationships, coming-of-age stories, and classic one-liners. This movie requires little to no brain power to watch, and is guaranteed to have you cringing at the fashion choices of 20 years ago.