Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Films to Watch When You’re Having a Bad Day

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A clear glass bowl filled with popcorn is sitting on a white table. There is a clear glass filled with a dark soda sitting on a red and white checkered napkin on the left hand side of the popcorn bowl. On the right hand side, an opened bag of microwave popcorn is leaning on the glass bowl of popcorn and there are about two dozen pieces of popcorn spilled over the white table and red and white checkered napkin. If you like eating snacks while watching movies, go put your favourite snacks on your shopping list.

I generally don’t eat while watching films, but I might be tempted by this cola and popcorn!

I need lighthearted stories when I’m trying to get my brain to stop rehashing whatever happened earlier, so you won’t find anything serious or scary on today’s list.

Here are five films I’d rewatch when I’m having a bad day.


Film poster for the 2008 romantic comedy “Definitely, Maybe”. The poster shows Ryan Reynolds carrying Abigail Breslin on his shoulders. Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, and Isla Fisher(his three love interests in the film) are shown smiling, each in their own third of the poster as a cityscape, some yellow glowing lights, and a city forest scene complete the visual arrangement. The title is written at the bottom of the poster.

Definitely, Maybe (2008)

What It’s About: A father telling his ten-year-old daughter a story about the three women he dated 11+ years before while she tries to guess which woman he described was her mother. Sometimes he must make humorous detours to avoid sharing inappropriate details of his dating life with his kid. There are a few light mystery elements, but this is mostly about their warm father-daughter relationship and what the dad wishes he’d done differently in life.

Why I Recommend It: The storyline is sweet and funny. I liked seeing what happens to characters after they broke up and how they successfully coparented their child. You don’t see amicable breakups often in this genre, but it was handled gently and with a lot of humour. This otherwise followed most romantic comedy tropes, so that predictability was helpful as well.


Film poster for Just Wright. Image on poster shows Queen Latifah and Common playing their respective characters. She’s attempting to dribble a basketball while. He lovingly wraps his arms around her and tries to take the ball away. They are both grinning throughout this. She’s wearing a soft, dark blue sweater and jeans and he is wearing the same uniform he’d wear to play professional basketball.

Just Wright (2010)

What It’s About: A no-nonsense physical therapist who is hired to help a basketball player recover from a career-threatening injury.

Why I Recommend It: I loved how opposite the two main characters were when we first meet them. I can’t say much about their personalities without giving away spoilers, but it made discovering the similarities between them more interesting in the later scenes. This more or less followed the typical plot for a romance which another reason why I liked it. Sometimes it’s nice to just relax and watch a storyline unfold without needing to solve any mysteries or trying to guess in advance how it will end.


Film poster for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. In it you see Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan standing in a swamp in a jungle that covers them up to their chins. They are all looking suspiciously around at the jungle to see what might sneak up on them.

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

What It’s About: Four teenagers who are accidentally sucked into a video game, become the characters in it, and must find a way to win the game before they run out of lives and get stuck there forever.

Why I Recommend It: The characters are ridiculous and delightful. I loved the way the storyline poked fun (in a friendly way) at all sorts of video game tropes. This does not require any sort of analysis. It simply exists to entertain, and there’s something to be said for that some days!


Film poster for the Pixar film Coco. It shows a drawing of a large white guitar surrounded by several of the main characters of the film, including Miguel, his abuela, and three skeletons who are ancestors of Miguel’s family. They are standing in front of the Land of the Dead, and there is a small image of Miguel walking with his dog at the bottom of the image.

Coco (2017)

What It’s About: A 12-year-old boy named Miguel who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead and must find his way home again before morning.

Why I Recommend It: Miguel was such a sweet, kind, and brave kid. I also loved the subplots of this film that were related to Dia de los Muertos and Miguel’s relationships with various family members. There are a few minor mysteries to be solved if you want to, but it’s also completely possible to ignore the clues, focus on the main storyline, and still have a wonderful time.

Honestly, I highly recommend Pixar films in general. All of the ones I’ve seen so far have been well-written, creative, funny, and otherwise excellent distractions from a bad day whether you’re five years old or many decades older than that. They’re somehow written for people from every age group simultaneously which is quite the accomplishment.


Film poster for Spirited. Will Ferrell is on the left hand of the poster wearing a green suit and looking like he’s about to leap out of the poster. Ryan Reynolds is on the right hand of the poster wearing a red suit with white trim on it also looking like he’s about to leap out of the poster. They are both standing with wide leg stances and have their right arms bent at the elbow in front of them while their left arms are moving back for momentum. It’s like they’re skating or something!

Spirited (2022)

What It’s About: A modern retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This time, the selfish rich protagonist is someone who is aware of A Christmas Carol and has zero interest in listening to the spirits of past, present, and future or changing his ways.

Why I Recommend It: It was wickedly funny and an amazing homage to the original. I loved seeing how everything was updated for our era where everyone has a smartphone and does not take kindly to paranormal strangers breaking into their apartments in the middle of the night.


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18 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Films to Watch When You’re Having a Bad Day

  1. As a fan of The Christmas Carol (it made my list), I’ll have to take a look at Spirited later this year!

  2. I enjoy the Jumanji movies too.

  3. Huh. Not Spirited, but I recently re-watched Scrooged, and I have to say… that one, funny as it is, is actually a horror movie.

    These are all really interesting choices, and there are several here that I haven’t seen but evidently need to check out.

  4. I love Jumanji, and Spirited looks great. I didn’t get around to watching it last Christmas, but it is certainly on my list for this year.

  5. Jumanji is a good pick, I liked both of them. The cast was excellent together. I just finally watch Coco for the first time ever about a month or so ago; I really enjoyed it.

  6. I remember “Jumanji”…was reminded of it by a new novel, “Game with No Name.”

    “Strange Horizons” is promising a whole feature about games-in-fiction, with particular attention to JD Edwin’s “Headspace,” some time this year…

  7. I agree with you on the Pixar film rec! Even though they generally make me cry (at least) once per movie, they’re great pick-me-ups for bad days.

  8. Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle is a good reboot.

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