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What's Buzzworthy: Comfort Movies

What's Buzzworthy: Comfort Movies

Wow, you all really blew me away with your response to my most recent Buzzworthy challenge about comfort movies. Your lists of trusty favorites were fantastic — but I really loved reading your descriptions of how and why the movies came to be your fallback films. It was so hard to pick some to list here, so I highly recommend reading through them all yourselves! Tough as it was to choose, here are just a few of the many that caught my eye:

The Princess Bride
Bookmarked by Fab_Kitty, who wrote: "When stuck in bed on a sick day, I always watch The Princess Bride. In a fevered delirium, I also always giggle and think about how little Fred Savage and I are both escaping our illnesses through the endearing story of Wesley and Buttercup. Hooray for being easily amused!"

Party Girl
This Parker Posey movie was tagged by marcella, who said: "Great comfort movie with a hilarious Parker Posey as the title character that parties so much that she can't afford to pay her rent. She gets a job as a librarian. It's totally a trashy film, but I turn to it when I want to turn my brain off and just laugh."

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Now and Then
PinkUnicorn picked this movie, which is another one of my own reliable favorites. She wrote: "The ultimate comfort movie! I love the exploration of how women's relationships with each other evolve over time. Plus it is simple yet touching. I have memorized every line!"

Being There
Phil picked out this movie, saying: "Every comfort movie needs a comforting figure. And to me, none can be more comforting than Chance, better known as Chauncy Gardener.

This movie is great in the sense that you can accept it at any frequency. Whether if I'm in an overly contemplative mood and want to think and run around in a circle in my mind, this movie works. But, only when I turn off and just appreciate the film for its hilarious scenes and misconceptions do I really appreciate Hal Ashby's brilliant little satire."

Dead Poets Society
scorpstarr77 picked a movie that's had a huge impact on her life: "This movie is the reason I was an English major in college, the reason I decided to become a teacher, and the reason I fell head over heels for Josh Charles at a young age. I find it uplifting and inspiring, and also devastating — always there when I need a good cry!"

Home Alone
This old standby was picked by komler, who sounds like she'll be pulling the movie out again not too long from now: "Home Alone is one of the movies that I watch every year around Christmas — or when I want it to be Christmas and be around my family."

Finding Nemo
Here's how Phasekitty explained why she's partial to this Pixar flick: "My boyfriend loves horror movies, but when I watch them I get scared and have trouble falling asleep. He knows now that if he wants to see a scary movie with me, all he has to do is have this movie on standby that night. A little Finding Nemo to take my mind of the aliens, serial killers, zombies, and vampires and I'm sleeping like a baby."


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anaid anaid 9 years
I love "Now and Then"!! Generally I would say that movies I watched as a kid are my comfort movies. The list would include: "The Sandlot", "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure", "Steel Magnolias", "Parenthood", "Now and Then", and "Sleeping Beauty." XOXO
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
Def 13 Going on 30, Troop Beverly Hills, and Clue. ALL FABULOUS!! I would add to that list Sleepless in Seattle and the original Parent Trap. I know all the words to TPT and it's so much better than that Lindsey Lohan remake. Ugh.
Fab_Kitty Fab_Kitty 9 years
Thanks for the mention, Buzz. You're right - everyone's finds are really good. Even though I'm a big Peter Sellers fan (esp. because of Dr. Strangelove and The Party) I've never seen Being There. Thanks for the intro, Phil! killitded83, I looooove that line. :-) scorpstar77, totally with you re Mr. Charles. Yum.
alisonanne alisonanne 9 years
my comfort movies consist of anything with hugh grant or tom hanks .. as a matter of fact i'm watching 'the terminal' with tom hanks right now and feeling pretty comforted. 'love actually' is my top one i think.
elle-j elle-j 9 years
My comforts are...My best friend's wedding, love actually, about a boy, sister act 2, empire records, life as a house, what about bob..that's all i cant think of right now!
pargie pargie 9 years
I love Party Girl, Dead Poets Society, Troop Beverly Hills, Empire Records, Friend Green Tomatos, Ms. Doubtfire as comfort movies(And Coming to America..but not in this category)..and a thousand times YES to Totoro! Let's not forget My Girl...Classic comfort movie for me there. And I also want to put KiKi's delivery service out there.
genvessel genvessel 9 years
when I lived overseas by myself, I took great comfort in "finding nemo"... nothing ever felt quite as lonely when dory was there! (also, having rory and lorelai gilmore helped, too....)
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Most people haven't seen it, but my TOTAl comfort movie is Newsies! I know the Whole movie by heart and Christian Bale is in it, so young, so hot. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I think I'll watch it tonight
killitded83 killitded83 9 years
anybody gotta peanut? <3 =]
MamaD MamaD 9 years
Hey my all time favorite is a movie called COUSINS...starring Isabella Rosselini and Ted Danson!!!!! It's a movie about two people who become cousins by marriage. At that wedding their spouses have begin an affair so they set out to make them jealous by pretending they too are having an affair with eachother. It's a beautiful movie and when I was divorced and alone would watch it at night with hopes and prayers that I too would find the happiness they find in the movie!!!!!And guess what......I did!!!!
popculture-whore popculture-whore 9 years
oh my goodness how could i forget about home alone? i love that movie beyond belief! it gives me such a warm feeling especially around christmas time. it's funny to boot (:
Choco-cat Choco-cat 9 years
My ultimate comfort movie is Sixteen Candles.
dollymama dollymama 9 years
Rushmore is my favorite comfort movie, it helps that it's been my # 1 movie for almost 10 years now. Anything that sticks around that long is bound to be a comfort. Great for rainy days.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I love Being There and Home Alone; classics! My fave comfort film is Sweet Home Alabama; no matter how I'm feeling that always makes me laugh (plus it helps that josh lucas and patrick dempsey are both in there (so hot!) I love most of that list: Little Miss Sunshine, 13 Going on 30, Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Peter Pan and Shaun of The Dead are also faves.
hollister-chick hollister-chick 9 years
aww the breakfast club!
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Some I haven't seen...perhaps I'll add them to my ever-lengthening lists of must-see-before-I-die movies.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Aww! I love this list, and the comments behind each movie is wonderful! Great job everyone!
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
I never saw that Parker Posey movie. Love her though.
penguins268 penguins268 9 years
I love 'Now and Then'! It's like the female 'Stand by Me'!
sugarbox sugarbox 9 years
home alone for reminds me of christmas, and winter, and family, it's such a corny feeling but it's nice. how many times have i seen it, again? lol.
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
Oh Being There is my all time fav movie! You have to see it if you haven't, it is so funny! "Life is a State of Mind"
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
I love Princess Bride!
princess bride is the best!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
Aw man I was just about to bookmark some more! It hasn't stopped raining here all day so I was going through my dvd collection trying to decide what to watch when I get into bed in a little while.
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