10 feelgood films on Netflix for beating the January blues

Christmas is over, the decorations are still up and everyone is drudging back into work after the festive break. 2015 is well-and-truly here and so is the January blues. But never fear, Netflix has a whole host of feelgood flicks to get you out of that post-yuletide hump…

We Are The Best! (2013)

In 1980’s Sweden, a pair of black-sheep teenage girls, Bobo and Klara, form a rock band to rival the boys at their school. Problem is, neither has any musical talent. Enlisting the help of Hedvig, an evangelical Christian and talented axe-shredder, the newly formed trio step forth on their path to rock stardom.

A heartwarming tale of friendship and chasing your dreams is in store with this adolescent coming-of-age story.

If I Had Wings (2013)

17 year-old Alex hopes to compete in the school cross-country championships, although the teen’s lifelong blindness has seemingly put an end to any dreams of running competitively. His father, a Probation Officer, has a different plan however.

Alex’s father enlists the help of troubled teen, Brad, who faces prison for robbery. Run as Alex’s guide and Brad will stay out of jail. Despite their many differences and difficulties, the two begin to form a strong bond and ambition which will see them through the darkest of times…

Airplane! (1980)

Surely you can’t be serious?

The classic irreverent comedy is the perfect pick-me-up for any self-pitying misery-guts. Robert Hays stars as Ted Striker, a former pilot with a fear of flying who is left in control of a Boeing 707 when the crew fall ill. Hilarity ensues as Striker enlists the help of Leslie Nielsen’s doctor and an inflatable autopilot in an effort to bring the plane safely back to land.

Office Space (1999)

What better way to sink back into office life than laughing at others with the same problem? Disgruntled IT engineer Peter finds himself born anew after a relaxing hypnotherapy session. Joining up with his pals Samir and Michael Bolton (not the singer), the trio cook up a plan to get back at the employers they loathe so much before they lose their jobs in the company’s “downsizing” program.

This cult comedy from Silicon Valley‘s Mike Judge is the perfect anti-corporate comedy. Just don’t get any ideas about your own office…

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

In this madcap animation, down-and-out inventor Flint tries to turn around the fortunes of his failing town by inventing a machine that turns water into food. Tourists the world over flock to Flint’s tiny island of Swallow Falls to view the fabled machine – but things take a turn for the worst when the machine develops a mind of its own and creates a giant food-storm that threatens the town’s very existence.

A great underdog tale with enough to keep both adults and kids laughing.

Charlotte’s Web (2006)

Gary Winick’s film adaptation of the book we all read at school is a delightful family-film to warm even the coldest of January hearts with its cute animals and trough-fulls of childhood innocence.

If you can’t remember, Charlotte’s Web is the tale of an unlikely friendship between the titular kindly Spider and a young pig called Wilbur, seemingly destined to end up on someone’s plate.

Monsters Inc. (2001)

Just because you’re a monster, doesn’t mean you can escape the daily grind. In the city of Monstropolis, even monsters have to go to work too. At the Monsters Inc. factory, best pals Sulley & Mike find themselves in heaps of trouble when a young child from the human world finds her way through one of the portal doors.

Rather than hand the child over to the CDA (Child Detection Agency), the pair decide to return Boo to her parents. However, some of their co-workers have more sinister ideas…

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Arguably the feel-good film. Matthew Broderick stars as creative high-schooler Ferris Bueller, who decides to skip school along with his girlfriend and best buddy. What ensues is a raucously funny adventure through the city of Chicago in this classic coming-of-age tale.

Not that we’re suggesting you take a day off or anything…

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Let’s all hark back to a simpler time now and revisit our angsty teenage years. One of the finer additions from the heyday of romantic teen-comedies, 10 Things I Hate About You saw breakout success for the young starring trio of Julia Styles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Funny, charming and endearing, 10 Things… is bound to put a smile on the face of any gloomy viewer.

Toy Story 3 (2010)

More Pixar magic to lift your spirits here from Toy Story 3. Years after the gangs’ last adventure, Andy is heading to college and Woody, Buzz and co. find themselves wrongly donated to the Sunnyside Daycare. However, the seemingly-perfect daycare centre may not be all it seems. Will the gang be able to stage a break out and return to Andy before it’s too late?

A nostalgic, funny and truly moving tale of love that will speak to the child within.

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