Feel-good films about friendship

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It’s National Popcorn Day and boy do I have a few watches for you.

Look, being in lockdown is no walk in the park. It gets lonely when you’re left with yourself because there’s only so long you can keep laughing.

Which is why I bring something new to your screens to hackle at.

Like the bringer of good vibes that I am, I have concocted yet another list. This one is for the lonely souls missing their best friends and loveable buddies. I know I miss my friends, re-watching Twilight on the big screen, begging for Bella to suddenly develop a personality. Don’t come at me, she was robbed: all the other characters have incredible backstories.

So, to ease the loneliness, here are some films to remind you to keep alive that hearty laughter in your chest, and remind you of the ridiculous times. I have to admit, each one of these films brings back a memory of my own, and I already miss my idiots.

So, grab your popcorn (it is the day if any) and bask in entertainment and nostalgia.


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Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut was robbed. This film is absolutely hilarious and way too relatable. Best gal pals Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Denver) are on the edge of graduating from high school. They are traditional bookworms who sacrificed their social life to the God of good grades.

As graduation nears they finally realise they have some regrets and intend on spending the last night as high school students getting wrecked. It has all the wholesome vibes you need right now, all while being inclusive as hell. Dropping their pretentious parade, we see what can only be described as sheer teenage-girls-coming-of-age-heaven. It’s such a human portrayal of friendship, and acceptance of differences in friendship.

This movie explores the sanctity of friendship, the inside jokes and the strong sheer will of teenage girls. There’s the fear of acceptance, manic friends and karaoke all in one delicious dreamy night.


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Do not get me started here: this is hilarious. The film is actually based on a true-life-story of five guys who have been playing tag for thirty years. What makes it comedy gold is that this isn’t one of those nice and friendly films about bromance. No, this is a mean spirited competition to end the rule of an undefeated player before his wedding.

The cast is made up of comedic kings: Jerry Pierce (Jeremy Renner) is our undefeated arrogant champion. Hoagie (Ed Helms) is thirsty to take him down, whilst hiding a secret of his own. Randy Cilliano (Jake Johnson) is our resident pot-head who has no idea what’s happening but tries his best. Bob Callahan (Jon Hamm) is the business savvy man, who is willing to take risks. And finally, we have Kevin Sable (Hannibal Buress) who is a weird guy with some reasonable trust issues. You’re in for a ride.

The Sweetest Thing

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We’re kicking it old school with some comedic filth. Carrying this iconic 2000’s rom-com are Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair. The girl gang who go all the way. Now, I am straight up warning you not to watch this around family, this is not that type of film. Now, forget the whole ‘single ladies are man-hungry’ and resonate with ‘single girls are horny’ vibe throughout the film. Yeah, it’s a sexual film but I swear it’s hilarious and will definitely remind you of your gals at some point throughout.

What’s it about? It’s like a reverse Cinderella, Christina Walters (Cameron Diaz) finds the man of her dreams at the club. Not far better than Fubar, but we move on. When he vanishes the next day, she and her loyal friend Courtney (Christina Applegate) embark on a genuinely hilarious road trip to find him.


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Yes, the horror film. I don’t care what the genre is, this film has the best friendship portrayals out there. If you really want to nail the coffin shut on this debate, just watch the sequel. Based on Stephen King’s novel, ‘IT’ is about a monstrous clown that forces seven kids to face their worst nightmares. We see courage in kids who believe in each other and bond in an unconventional way against the horrors of the world.

However, I think it’s a better coming-of-age film than just a horror. Between the bloody bathroom scenes and the kids getting eaten by a demonic clown, there is real comedy gold in the lovers club. It is an all child cast but watching them lose their minds and want to throttle each other is hilarious. Troubled young heroes’ first love and mouthy best friends. What’s not to love? They come at you with those 80’s vibes, riding bikes through the streets and swimming in lakes.

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Deputy Editor of Brig Newspaper. Fourth year journalism and English student at the University of Stirling. Lover of covering social issues and creator of 'The Talk' column for everyone who needs to hear it.

Deputy Editor of Brig Newspaper. Fourth year journalism and English student at the University of Stirling. Lover of covering social issues and creator of 'The Talk' column for everyone who needs to hear it.

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