I don’t know about you, but with everything going on in the world, I have been craving sweet, feel good movies. My go-to is usually of the more murdery variety (I’m so happy that Truth Be Told is back, for example – probably my favorite current favorite new show). But sometimes you just want something feel good and happy… the good kind of tear jerker. Here are three that I watched recently, plus an old favorite.
4 Heartwarming Films to Watch Right Now
One of my girlfriends suggested this to me (telling me it made her sob in a good way – that seems to be a theme with this list). I watched it on Friday night and felt the same way. Growing up in the rural South in the sixties and seventies, Beth’s beloved Uncle Frank (a literature professor in New York) is the only adult who truly understands her. When she moves to New York in 1973, she soon realizes that Frank is gay, living with his partner Wally – keeping their relationship a secret from the whole family. When Frank’s very homophobic father (Beth’s grandfather) passes away Beth, Wally, and Frank take a road trip down to the south for the funeral. Frank must face his family and his biggest fears and past traumas. I loved this one.
Where to watch it: Currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
This is an old favorite, one of my comfort movies. I was so excited to see that it is currently streaming on HBO Max as it is just so sweet and magical (and has the best soundtrack). I rewatched it last night and fell in love with it all over again. A young Freddie Highmore (you might remember him from Bates Motel where he plays a verrrry different character) is orphaned but convinced that his parents are alive and sets out to find them. Meanwhile, his parents (estranged, due to extenuating circumstances beyond their control) are searching for him as well. The plot is their magical, musical journey back to each other. It will make you cry, it makes you believe in the good in humanity and the magic of the universe.
Where to watch it: Currently streaming on HBO Max.
This came recommended to me by my boyfriend. He is an avid sailor (I am not, the one time we tried sailing together, I threw up!) so was not particularly enthusiastic about watching a documentary about sailing. But he insisted that I would love it, and he was right. My friend Molly and I watched it on Saturday afternoon (as it poured here in Charleston) and neither one of us can stop talking about it.
It is the true story of Tracy Edwards and the first all-female crew to sail around the world in the prestigious and grueling Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race in 1989. You do not have to love sailing (or even know anything about sailing) to love this! Watching their struggles (and the condescension they experienced from the world/the media) and the way that they supported each other was incredible… as was watching them succeed. This documentary did not make me want to sail around the world BUT it did make me feel like I could achieve absolutely anything if I put my mind to it.
Where to watch it: Not streaming anywhere, I bought this on Apple TV.
This was the most heartwarming new movie I’ve watched recently. I absolutely LOVED it and have been telling everyone I know to make it the next thing they watch. Ruby is the child of deaf adults (CODA) and her brother is deaf as well. As the only person in their home that is able to hear, her tightly knit family really leans on her for translating and helping to run their family’s fishing business. But her secret passion is singing. She signs up for school choir to find out if she’s any good and it turns out she is. Not just good… great. But as she becomes more and more enamored with singing (and slowly begins to realize how talented she is), she’s torn between nurturing her gift and being there for her family.
I loved it so much and I REALLY loved the family dynamics. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a film where the main character(s) are deaf. And I liked how the deaf family members were portrayed. I found them really charming, the parents especially: the mom and dad really cracked me up. There were so many wonderfully sweet moments throughout the film… I full on sobbed at the end!
Where to watch it: Currently streaming on Apple TV.
How about you? Seen anything really great lately?
photo by Clay Austin.