Life is not always kind. Sometimes it delivers blows that leave you feeling sad and low. Such are the moments when you are left looking for something to lift your spirits: an outing with friends, a nice meal, or perhaps an entertaining, ‘feel good’ movie. I often resort to this last choice, and on several occasions a movie has ended up lifting my spirits and transforming my mood. Hearty entertainment is the idea, and I believe each title in this list of movies to watch when you are really sad delivers without fail.
It is a hilarious laugh riot and a heart warmer at the same time. A dysfunctional American middle class family is forced together in their VW bus, as they undertake a cross-country trip to get their 7 year old to the finals of a beauty pageant. Apart from the beauty-obsessed little girl, there is a hot-blooded grand dad, a never-say-die father, his diplomatic wife, her gay brother recovering from a suicide attempt and a 14 year old teenager heavily into Nietzsche all packed into one unusually rickety bus.
Each one tries desperately to make the journey bearable for himself, sparks fly, and by the end of it everyone finds someone to love in that bus. The humor is neither forced nor over-the-top, and none of the characters are actually trying to be funny. Each of them is dead serious in his own way. That is what makes this road comedy such an endearing and enjoyable movie to watch when you are sad.