To say that movies can make someone become a better person sounds a bit dramatic, but it's not impossible. After all, sometimes it's life that imitates art. As we face a new decade, we look for a dose inspiration that will drive us to be our best selves and live our best lives. Luckily, we can find it just by switching on our television and playing inspiring movies. Need some recommendations? Ahead, our spoiler-free list of uplifting, lighthearted movies that are surprisingly profound.
5 Movies That Will Inspire You To Be Your Best Self
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Beneath all the funny banter and laughable shenanigans, Bridesmaids is actually a movie about hitting rock bottom. Right off the bat, this film makes it clear that its protagonist, Annie, loves to indulge in self-pity and self-sabotage. It didn't help when she found out her childhood best friend now has a new richer, prettier pal. Despite the cringe-fest, you won't regret spending two hours watching Annie fight life back and regain her confidence.
Before all the modern rom-com parodies, there was My Bestfriend's Wedding. It wasn't a parody but it subverted expectations from the genre in a very smart way. It stars Julia Roberts as Julianne Potter, a food critic who, upon learning that her close guy friend is getting married, decides to profess her love and break the engagement. But midway through her plan, she realizes she isn't the brave hero going after what she wants, she's a villain trying to get in the way of a happy couple. We can't say more, as this is a spoiler-free list. But watch it and you'll know why this movie still holds up more than two decades after. Trust us, this is one of those films will force you to reflect on your actions and intentions.
This Tim Burton classic will transport you to a fantasy world full of strange towns and larger-than-life scenes. So a fair warning, the magical realism is strong on this one. For the first few minutes, Big Fish will feel strange. Here is a man on his deathbed telling obviously fabricated stories about important life events — from the birth of his son to how she won the heart of his wife. But dig deeper, and you'll find that it's full of helpful lessons on how to navigate life and its challenges. You really just have to figure out those metaphors.
For most of us, our teenage years aren't the most enjoyable time in our lives. It was a time when we think that everyone exists to make our life miserable. But did you ever stop to think that some of your selfish actions back then may also have hurt other people like your parents? It's hard to not give away any spoilers, but what we can say is this coming-of-age movie has a surprising depth that will make you reexamine your current frustrations. Is it them or is it you? Maybe it's both. This film starts out just like another teen movie but it's not.
Whether you admit it or not, at some point, we've thought to ourselves that we're too good for a particular thing — be it a place or a person. Protagonist "Lady Bird" McPherson certainly did. Sacramento, her hometown, just wasn't enough. In her eyes, it's lacklustre and is void of rich culture. But what happens when she finally leaves the nest? This funny but truthful depiction of a young adult seeking a life outside the place she grew up in is truly a remarkable one. Don't forget the tissues, you'll need it by the time the credits roll in.
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