High Five: Girls’ Comfort Movies

by Jam Bufi
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We all have that one movie that brings us comfort in times of stress and internal turmoil. Whether you’re heartbroken, missing a loved one, needing a confidence boost, or simply coming from a tiring week at work, some movies have the ability to transport us to a different world, providing us with a momentary escape from our lives so that we can recharge and be ready to face another day.

So we asked girls around what their comfort movies are and here are some of their answers:


For a feel-good time: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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Movie blogger Ica watches romantic comedies when stressed, but this classic 1999 movie starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger is her favorite. “10 Things I Hate About You is my absolute favorite 90s Romcom movie. You laugh and you get kilig. So you’re smiling like an idiot. My favorite scenes are when Heath Ledger sings ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ (Classic!) and of course when Julia Stiles reads the poem in the end.”

For more doses of kilig, there are hundreds of romcom movies out there to watch from Classics such as When Harry Met Sally (1989), Pretty Woman (1990), Before Sunrise (1995), Serendipity (2001), Love Actually (2003), 50 First Dates (2004), and 27 Dresses (2008) or even latest releases like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018), Always Be My Maybe (2019), and Someone Great (2019), to name a few!


For a reminder of the meaning of family: Four Sisters and a Wedding (2013)

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Besides the funny and witty lines, copywriter Faye from Caloocan City, thinks the movie also never fails to give her a good cry. “Usually when I’m stressed or down, and I can’t cry at all, the film helps me release everything I’m feeling. It’s about family, friendship, acceptance, and forgiveness. A happy cry film that is realistically human and relatable.”

Some Filipino films worth watching are Hintayan ng Langit (2018), The Third Party (2016), Vince and Kath and James (2016), Never Not Love You (2018), Unforgettable (2019), and even the classic One More Chance (2007).


For a dose of female empowerment: Legally Blonde (2001)

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For Ana, a movie lover from Quezon City, watching Elle Woods make her way through law school empowers her. “When I’m going through a tough time or when I’m doubting myself, I love watching Legally Blonde because the main character, Elle Woods, receives a lot of doubt from people around her but she keeps fighting anyway. I also love that she never feels the need to give up her femininity to succeed in the world and that sends a powerful message to girls around the world. That’s why this is a modern classic.”

For more girl power movies, there’s also A League of Their Own (1992), Clueless (1995), Frida (2002), Mean Girls (2004), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Easy A (2010), She’s the Man (2006), and Wild (2014).


For nonstop laughs: White Chicks (2004)

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For Cha of Cavite, her favorite is the comedy movie, White Chicks. “The lead characters are so funny! It makes me feel that humanity is still alive. Like despite their jobs, they’re willing to risk themselves for the safety of other people. It’s funny with sense of friendship, passion and love.” This movie is filled with iconic lines and scenes such as Terry Crew’s singing ‘A Thousand Miles’, the dance battle, and “yo mama” jokes.

If you love comedy movies, you can also watch 21 Jump Street (2012), Superbad (2007), The Hangover (2009), We’re The Millers (2013), and Wine Country (2019) among others.


For a fantasy escape with music to enchant you: Enchanted (2007)

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One of Kat’s, a Planning Office from Quezon City, most favorite movies is this classic musical fantasy romantic comedy film. “One of the movies that helps me lift up my mood is Enchanted. It gives more positivity in life and whenever I watch it I feel like a lot of good things will happen to me. Even if the story focuses on true love, it inspires me to have a positive outlook in all aspects of life.”

If you’re into movies with a bit of fantasy, try Sixteen Candles (1984), Freaky Friday (2003), 13 Going On 30 (2004), and 17 Again (2009) or maybe binge watch classic movie series like Harry Potter, Star Wars, or Lord of the Rings. For musicals, you can never go wrong with The Sound of Music (1965), Mamma Mia (2008), Burlesque (2010), and La La Land (2016).


Whether it’s a romcom, fantasy, or drama, each of us have our own favorite movie that we will always come back to when we need comfort. Share us some of your favorite movies to rewatch in the comments below!


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