Upbeat Movies to Watch While Social-Distancing

Over here at The Chick Inn, it’s movie night every night. Our Aussie enjoyed last night’s feature, Togo, a movie about a dog who saved the day. For my sons, if you are reading this, Dad wept.

First, a public service announcement:

The Meaning of FLATTEN THE CURVE and How YOU Can Help Flatten It

Here is what “flattening the curve” means: the dark blue hump on the graphic is what happens if we do nothing: everyone gets COVID-19 at once, and there are not enough hospital beds, able-bodied health professionals, and ventilators to care for the critically ill. This leads to lots of deaths.
Individuals can help flatten the curve by practicing social distancing, extreme hand-washing, and by canceling activities where large groups of people meet. When you flatten the curve, the same number of people get the disease (perhaps), but the number of infected people is spread out over time, thus fewer people end up in the hospital at the same time, allowing the health care system to meet the demand.

The Movies (I’ll be updating as new suggestions come in.)

Each movie was suggested by Facebook friends after I asked for recommendations for upbeat movies with a low body count that wouldn’t raise your BP. Most involve a good old hero’s journey story.

The Peanut Butter Falcon: (Beautiful; my favorite feel-good movie) A good Huck Finn journey story about a young man with Down Syndrome who escapes from an assisted living facility and meets a troubled fisherman who helps him reach his dream of becoming a wrestler. Stars Shia LaBeouf, Zack Gottsagen, and Dakota Johnson.

Togo: Based on a true story about a dogsled team led by a Siberian Husky named Togo and musher, Leonhard Seppala, played by Willem Dafoe, who race across Alaska during a storm to transport an antitoxin serum for a Diptheria epidemic to the frontier town of Nome. (Found it on the Disney Channel.) If it sounds familiar it’s because Balto got all the credit!

Troop Zero: A sweet and empowering story about a young girl and her misfit friends who come together to win a talent show — stars Viola Davis and Alisson Janney.

Instant Family: A sweet comedy-drama about two parents, played by Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, who foster three siblings. I wouldn’t be mentioning it if didn’t have a happy ending.

The Upside: Based on a true story, this comedy-drama about a paralyzed billionaire, played by Bryan Cranston, hires a paroled convict, played by funny-man Kevin Hart, to be his caretaker. Both the billionaire and the caretaker are on a journey. Also stars Nicole Kidman and Julianna Margulies. Growth all around.

Ford v Ferrari: A surprisingly fun movie about American automobile engineers, played by Matt Damon and Christian Bale, charged by Ford execs, Henry Ford II and Lee Iaccoca, with building a racing car that will beat Ferrari at the Le Mans race of 1966.

The Good Liar: An enjoyable movie about a male con-artist who tries to swindle a wealthy widow, played by Helen Mirren. I don’t want to give anything away, so that is all I will write.

Brittany Runs a Marathon: A good movie about a hard-partying, overweight woman on a journey to fix her life by training for a marathon.

Harriet: A fantastic biographical story about Harriet Tubman, a slave in Maryland, who escapes with the help of the Underground Railroad, and then returns to the South to free her family and other slaves.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: A beautiful biographical story about a journalist who is charged with writing a story about heroes for Esquire magazine. He interviews Mr. Rogers, played by Tom Hanks, and is changed by the experience. If you like this, be sure to watch the documentary about Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

The Two Popes: A good biographical story about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, played by Anthony Hopkins, and the election of his successor, Pope Francis.

Dark Waters: Based on a true story about a lawyer, played by Mark Ruffalo,  who is asked by a client to investigate Dupont, who at the time is knee-deep in making profits from the sale of Teflon-coated products. Eye-Opening. It makes you wonder what other gadgets we use today will turn out to be carcinogenetic tomorrow.

Recommended Oldies But Goodies:
White Nights
Babette’s Feast
The Hundred-Foot Journey
The Big Chill
The Bridges of Madison County (A little slow)
Same Time Next Year
The Dressmaker
It Happened One Night (with Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable)
Enchanted April
Shawshank Redemption
Up (Pixar)
Field of Dreams
A Room with a View
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The Russians Are Coming
The Japanese Story
Where the Red Fern Grows (kind of slow old movie about a boy & his dogs)

Recommended Series:
About Time
The Morning Show
Good Omens

Tell me what movies I am missing??
Spenser Confidential: We loved this even though it is a shoot-em-up. Mark Wahlberg stars.
Molly’s Game: A biographical crime drama written by Aaron Sorkin starring Jessica Chastain and Kevin Costner. (It was good)
Knives Out: A modern whodunnit with Christopher Plummer, Jammie Lee Curtis, and Don Johnson. (It was good)
Rocket Man: Elton during his days of creativity & addiction.(Interesting & sad)
JoJo Rabbit: (It was good)
Yesterday: (It was good)
The Durrells in Corfu
The Adams Family
Vanity Fair (mini-series)
Galaxy Quest, Chicken Run
Blinded by the Light
Emma
Call of the Wild: (Harrison Ford version)
The Nice Guys
Justine

Nashville’s beloved Isle of Printing has come up with this clever and hip print as they work with the Nashville Metro Health Department and Nashville Metro Arts to get the coronavirus word out. Follow them @isleofprinting.

Whether you have allergies, the flu, or just need a recipe for dinner, check out this link for soup recipes. Note: you will need to start saving rotisserie chicken carcasses.

Last Ditch before You Pitch Chicken Soup

  

Today, 3/14, is Pi day. Here are my favorite PIE recipes.

Thanks to my friends who shared a  list of their faves: Hosanna, Nan, Ouizzi, Bee, Kay, Marion, Lesley, Corabel, Helen, Mary Lou, Alyce, Irwin, Sarah, Deborah, Marguerite, Heather, Anne, Shawn, Gary, Jamie, Rees, Cathy, Melinda, Paula, Anna, Carolyn x 2, Vicki, Mary Jo, and Cathy.

Take care, xoJudy

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17 thoughts on “Upbeat Movies to Watch While Social-Distancing

  1. As we think of our friends in Italy, it might be a good time to watch A Room With A View. Brilliant performance by the young Helena Benham Carter, and great Italian scenery.

    Thank you for helping us keep morale up!

  2. Judy, you are wonderful. I love your blog, and I’m especially glad to have this list of movies. I am always interested in what you have to say. Melinda Wray

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  3. You are incredible! Just when we needed this resource. Hoping your allergies are better. Mine are not!

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  4. Just watched Peanut Butter Falcon with Porter. We both loved it. Definitely a “feel good” movie in this time of high anxiety. The music is fantastic and I realized that Dakota Johnson, Eleanor, in the movie is Don Johnson’s daughter. There is a very strong family resemblance. Stay healthy and give this movie a try. You won’t be disappointed.

    1. Oh, JC, I’m so glad you loved it, and Porter, too. Kelly loved it, as well. I like how everyone was on a journey. This movie was recommended by quite a few people on Facebook. Thanks for writing!xo Judy

  5. Our family has loved watching Peanut Butter Falcon several times. It is a beautiful film with lessons of kindness woven throughout. Make sure to watch any “extras” that come with your mode of viewing – interviews etc – because the back story of why this film was made is intriguing: the main actor with Down Syndrome, Zack Gottsagen, only dreamed of being an actor. He happened to meet the writers/directors at a camp he was attending and shared his dream with them. They were inspired and wrote the movie with the plan for Zach to be in the starring role!! How cool?!?!

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