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Feel Good Movies


Exam season can be stressful, and it's important to take breaks and unwind to maintain a healthy balance. Here's an expanded list of feel-good movies that can shut down your brain for a moment and provide much-needed relaxation during this hectic time. 

  • The Holdovers (2023) 

The Holdovers - Wikipedia

A curmudgeonly instructor at a New England prep school is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually, he forms an unlikely bond with one of them — a damaged, brainy troublemaker — and with the school’s head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam. This movie is the definition of heart-warming. 

  • Little Miss Sunshine (2006) 

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) - IMDb

The Hoover family -- a man (Greg Kinnear), his wife (Toni Collette), an uncle (Steve Carell), a brother (Paul Dano) and a grandfather (Alan Arkin) - puts the fun back in dysfunctional by piling into a VW bus and heading to California to support a daughter (Abigail Breslin) in her bid to win the Little Miss Sunshine Contest. The sanity of everyone involved is stretched to the limit as the group's quirks cause epic problems as they travel along their interstate route. 

  • Amélie (2001) 

Amélie (2001) - IMDb

At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amélie (Audrey Tautou) accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amélie is spending her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a handsome stranger, will she find the courage to become the star of her very own love story? This is the movie equivalent of being hugged, and frequently in lists of movies everyone should watch in their lifetime, if this is convincing enough! 

  • Bridesmaids (2011) 

Bridesmaids (2011) - IMDb

Annie’s life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian’s maid of honour. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to make it perfect, she’ll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you’ll go for someone you love.

  • Notting Hill (1999) 

Notting Hill (1999) - IMDb

A London classic where William Thacker is a London bookstore owner whose humdrum existence is thrown into romantic turmoil when famous American actress Anna Scott appears in his shop. A chance encounter over spilled orange juice leads to a kiss that blossoms into a full-blown affair. As the average bloke and glamorous movie star draw closer and closer together, they struggle to reconcile their radically different lifestyles in the name of love. 

If you want to take a breather during this intense period don't forget to join Take Time Out - as part ot the initiative, a screening of "Shrek 2" is happening on 14 May!

We hope this provides a moment of relaxation during this intense academic period – we wish you the best of luck with exams and coursework here at KCLSU!  


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