Recommend me a movie to distract myself
May 6, 2015 4:31 PM   Subscribe

Hello Mefites, My mom is in the hospital several states away and I'm not going there right now. She has good family helping her and we are spreading ourselves out over time rather than clustering all at once. It is likely she will recover well.

In the meantime, I'm looking for a movie (or two or three) to get into. I would like something akin to Billy Eliot (some humor, good plot, lots of feels and a bit on the grand side). Immediate access via Netflix Streaming or Amazon Prime, or even YouTube would be preferable. I don't mind foreign films as long as I can get subtitles.

Many Thank Yous!
posted by harrietthespy to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: I also loved the movie Toast.
posted by harrietthespy at 4:32 PM on May 6, 2015

Best answer: What about Millions? Very fun, very sweet, big on feels.
posted by mittens at 4:39 PM on May 6, 2015

Best answer: How about Made in Dagenham or Pride?
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 4:52 PM on May 6, 2015 [1 favorite]

Best answer: The Dish is sweet and distracting.

We watched "Inside Man" and it is so well put together it will keep you entertained.
posted by nickggully at 4:53 PM on May 6, 2015

Best answer: Kinky Boots is streaming on Netflix, starring Oscar winner Chiwetel Ejiofor!
posted by ChuraChura at 4:54 PM on May 6, 2015 [1 favorite]

Best answer: The Castle
Local Hero
Saving Grace

I don't know if any of these are available on the services you listed. Good movies all.
posted by headnsouth at 4:55 PM on May 6, 2015

(but it starts out with a parent death, just so you know)
posted by ChuraChura at 4:59 PM on May 6, 2015

Best answer: You didn't mention Hulu, but they've got the British series The Indian Doctor (about an Indian doctor in a small mining town in Wales in the 50's) that has that sort of vast-landscape sweepy-feels tone.

I see Netflix has Moonstruck right now, as well as Amelie, Shakespeare In Love, Cinema Paradiso, The Trip, seconding Kinky Boots, Stardust, and Galaxy Quest, all of which I would consider comfort movies of a relatively cheerful nature.
posted by Lyn Never at 5:01 PM on May 6, 2015 [2 favorites]

Best answer: Moonstruck - Netflix stream

Muriel's Wedding - Netflix stream

Romantic's Anonymous - Amazon Prime

Amelie - Amazon Prime

Queen to Play - Amazon Prime
posted by Fairchild at 5:11 PM on May 6, 2015 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Vitus (link is to Amazon streaming)
posted by janey47 at 5:14 PM on May 6, 2015

Best answer: I agree with Muriel's Wedding and also recommend Strictly Ballroom (Netflix instant has it). And yes, I routinely recommend Strictly Ballroom (that thread might be overwhelming, but also worth checking out).
posted by O9scar at 5:38 PM on May 6, 2015 [3 favorites]

Response by poster: Thank you everyone! This should keep me busy for a while.
posted by harrietthespy at 6:27 PM on May 6, 2015

Best answer: Bend It Like Beckham
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 6:29 PM on May 6, 2015

Response by poster: Wow. I just watched some of the trailers. Mefites never fail.
posted by harrietthespy at 6:34 PM on May 6, 2015

Best answer: 3 Idiots, full movie on Youtube
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, full movie on Netflix

Both of these are really good, 3 hour long Bollywood movies that are very charming and are very much on the grand scale. I also recommend any Studio Ghibli movie! The Parent Trap is a guilty pleasure of mine as well.
posted by yueliang at 7:55 PM on May 6, 2015 [1 favorite]

Best answer: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty my favorite movie of 2013!
posted by WalkerWestridge at 10:18 PM on May 6, 2015 [1 favorite]

Best answer: The Full Monty
Monsoon Wedding

Nthing Pride, Made in Dagenham and Strictly Ballroom.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 10:55 PM on May 6, 2015

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