I have been a little under the weather the last week, nothing serious, just an ear infection, but because of that I have spent some time lying on the couch. I don’t know about you but when I am sick or tired, I often choose to watch movies or television shows that I have seen before and sometimes many, many times before. I think there is something comforting with watching a program where you already know the characters and you know there is going to be a happy ending.
Some of my favorite comfort movies or television shows include:
You’ll fall in love with WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, the hit romantic comedy that woke everyone up to adorable Sandra Bullock (SPEED, A TIME TO KILL). As Lucy, a lonely subway worker, she becomes smitten with a handsome stranger (Peter Gallagher — MALICE). But when she saves his life after he’s been mugged and fallen into a coma, his hilariously offbeat family mistakes her for his fiancee! Soon, the mix-ups escalate as Lucy fabricates a life between herself and a man she’s never met! And when Lucy falls for his charming brother (Bill Pullman — INDEPENDENCE DAY) the situation really gets uproarious as she’s forced to make a choice between the two!
This movie is fun for me to watch partially since it’s set in Chicago which makes it fun to see the city. The Gallagher family has some quirky characters which makes it seem like all families. And while the story line is a bit far fetched it works and is sweet.
In Nancy Meyers’ The Holiday, a romantic comedy from the director of Something’s Gotta Give and What Women Want, two women trade homes only to find that a change of address can change their lives. Iris (Winslet) is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda (Diaz), realizes the man she lives with has been unfaithful. Two women who have never met and live 6000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Iris moves into Amanda’s L.A. house in sunny California as Amanda arrives in the snow covered English countryside. Shortly after arriving at their destinations, both women find the last thing either wants or expects: a new romance. Amanda is charmed by Iris’ handsome brother Graham (Law) and Iris, with inspiration provided by legendary screenwriter Arthur (Wallach), mends her heart when she meets film composer Miles (Black).
This movie was on a movie channel several times this past weekend, so I kept catching bits and pieces of it. Both characters are unhappy in their lives and change locations and everything is fixed and they are happy. A little unrealistic, maybe, but a fun story to watch.
This delightfully entertaining romantic comedy stars Reese Witherspoon (LEGALLY BLONDE) as sophisticated Melanie Carmichael, a rising New York clothing designer who suddenly finds herself engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. But this is no fairy tale romance for Melanie. She has skeletons in her fashion-filled closet that include Jake — the backwoods husband she married in high school who refuses to divorce her. Determined to end their marriage and sever all ties with her past once and for all, Melanie returns to Alabama. But home starts to tug at her heartstrings, and what she thought she wanted may not be what she wants at all.
Melanie Carmichael is engaged to a John F. Kennedy, Jr. twin, but she has secrets that he does not know. I love stories set in the South (maybe because my grandparents lived in the South) and this movie is full of Southern charm.
Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) is the world’s most famous movie star. William Thacker (Hugh grant) owns a travel bookstore in the quaint neighborhood of Notting Hill. When their paths cross, the couple comes to face the ultimate question: can two people fall in love with the whole world watching?
I feel like Julia Roberts almost plays herself in this movie. A chance encounter leads to love between two people whose paths should never have crossed. The ending is sweet and I really like the soundtrack.
A very atypical mother-daughter relationship is at the center of Gilmore Girls, a comedy-drama that immediately set itself apart from the herd with smarter-than-smart dialogue and an endearing mix of whimsical comedy and family drama. Set in the Capra-esque burg of Stars Hollow, where everybody knows everyone and eccentrics abound, Gilmore Girls was less a mother-daughter show and more of a screwball buddy comedy in which the two buddies happened to be parent and child. Pregnant at 16, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) left her rich parents to bring up her daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) on her own terms; when Rory herself turns 16, Lorelai wants to send her academically gifted daughter to the prestigious Chilton school. The catch is, Lorelai can’t afford it on her own, and rather than let Rory go without, the elder Gilmore girl brokers an uneasy truce with her parents (Edward Herrmann and Kelly Bishop), who finally get a chance to bond with their granddaughter while financing her education.
It sounds like a premise potentially fraught with angst and trauma, but in reality Gilmore Girls was one of the freshest, airiest, most enjoyable shows to air on the perpetually melodramatic WB network, critically praised once viewers got hooked on its unique brand of humor. Rory’s growing-up adventures, including her acclimation to snooty Chilton and romance with townie dreamboat Dean (Jared Padalecki), gave the show a teen-friendly feel, but Gilmore Girls was anchored in the adult by the luminous Graham, a brilliant comedic leading lady who could turn dramatic on a dime and never break stride. The show’s hallmark was its rat-a-tat, whipsmart dialogue, delivered perfectly by Graham and Bledgel, as well as a host of wacky supporting characters who would go on to become invaluable cast members. The first season allowed the show–and its lead actresses–to bloom gracefully and establish a deep, humorous rapport that lent itself perfectly to weekly travails both comedic and dramatic. –Mark Englehart
Lorelei and Rory Gilmore are memorable characters. The dialogue is nuanced with pop culture, music and literary references and is snappy and witty. Stars Hollow is a town full of quirky people and traditions which puts the characters in sometimes ridiculous situations. After a few seasons, the writers changed and I did not find the show as enjoyable. However, Netflix just announced that there is going to be four new episodes written by the original writers, so if you have not seen Gilmore Girls now is your time to catch up on it.
TV’s hottest new drama, Friday Night Lights, touches down on DVD with all 22 Season One episodes in a 5-disc collection! In the small town of Dillon, everyone comes together on Friday nights when the Dillon High Panthers play. But life is not a game; and the charismatic players, new coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler), and the passionate fans find that their biggest challenges and obstacles come off the field in the compelling day-to-day dramas of their tight-knit community. From producers Brian Grazer (The Da Vinci Code) and Peter Berg (The Kingdom) comes the critically acclaimed TV series based on the best-selling novel and hit theatrical movie. Discover why The Associated Press calls it “breathtaking in how it captures ordinary life set against extraordinary passions.”
This is my FAVORITE TV show ever. I loved, loved this show and I still miss Coach and Tami Taylor. I love Connie Britton so that alone makes the show worth your time to watch, but all of the characters are well developed and you become invested in their lives. This show is about so much more than football, but is about family and growing up. If you have not watched it I highly recommend it.
Do you have any movie or television shows that you watch when you are feeling a little down? Any others I should add to my list of ones to watch? –June