Night time is made for snuggling up on the couch with a cup of hot choccie and a binge-
worthy movie. Here are our pick of favourite feel-good flicks currently available on
Netflix and Showmax via your MediaBox.
1: Isn’t it Romantic
Hate romantic comedies? So does Natalie, so you can imagine her surprise when she wakes up to find her life has turned into one. It’s giggles galore as our cynical heroine, played by funny gal Rebel Wilson, works her way through the genre’s clichés (musical numbers, a makeover by her gay BFF, and a best friend turned love interest); but also moments to take pause and consider as the flick pokes holes in a some of the romcom tropes we’ve come to know and love. (When Natalie describes Donny as her “gay sidekick, who is setting gay rights back, like, a hundred years,” I may have given an audible cheer at the film’s recognition of the problematic portrayal that queer people usually receive in this genre of film.) If you’re a Rebel Wilson fan (as I am) it’s good for a laugh, but there aren’t too many twists and turns in this one. (Netflix)
Nothing warms one up quite like a good LOL, and the utter silliness of this film does just the thing. The story centers around five mates who keep up a childhood game of tag well into their adulthood. In over 30 years, one of them, Jerry (Jeremy Renner), has never been tagged, so the group gets together to try and nab him at his wedding. The film tries to get sentimental at a few points (as a journalist who starts following them notes, “It seems like the game has really kept you guys connected.”), but let’s be real, the true allure of this movie is its crude, slapstick ridiculousness – even more so when you learn that the movie is based on a real story. I recon if you dig movies like The Hangover and Horrible Bosses, you’ll like this one too. (Showmax)
3: Always be my Maybe
Remember your first love? If you bumped into them today, do you think there would still be a spark? (In my case I am most certain NOT). But in this sweet and funny romcom, celebrity chef Sasha and small-town musician Marcus reconnect after a decade apart, and set out to discover if there’s only the memories between them – or maybe something a little more. It’s hard not to fall for the awkies yet amusing appeal of Marcus (Randall Park) – even for someone like me who doesn’t usually like mushy movies. Watch out for the hilarious cameo by loverboy Keanu Reeves. (Netflix)
When three sassy suburban moms (goddesses Felicity Huffman, Angela Bassett, and Patricia Arquette) get snubbed by their adult sons on Mother’s Day, they decide to take matters into their own hands and pay their boys a surprise visit. They set out to work on their relationships with their kids – but discover that it’s themselves that need the work. This heartfelt and hilarious romp is from the same minds that brought you Sex in the City and Modern Family. I’ll be honest, they had me at Huffman – Diehard Desperate Housewives fan here. (Netflix)
5: Wine Country
Six friends of decades come together for a weekend away in the wine country to celebrate a 50th birthday. Starring a host of hilarious Saturday Night Live veterans, this movie feels like hanging out with old friends – complete with inside jokes, light-hearted jibes, and the freedom to let loose. It will have you snort-laughing and ugly crying the whole way through. As a Tina Fey fangirl, her cameo alone was enough to get me to watch it. (Netflix)
Nothing warms you up quite like a good laugh, so grab the popcorn, put your feet up, and press play on your MediaBox for the perfect evening in.