Comfort Movies, or Why Colin Firth is my Boyfriend

My husband knows very well how to tell if I'm in a bad mood, or if I've had a bad day. The TV is on, and Colin Firth is on the screen. He is the definitive Mr. Darcy, and nothing Keira Knightley does or says will ever change that. Pride and Prejudiceis my #1 go to comfort movie. Colin Firth is my secret boyfriend, although he doesn't know it. It's OK that he's married. I am too. If we're being completely honest, I guess Mr. Darcy is my real secret boyfriend, and it's totally OK with me that he is, in all reality, a fictional character. I don't buy movies very often, because it has been my experience that they just sit on my shelf and don't get watched, and when I see them, I feel guilty for wasting my money, since I don't really watch Miss Congeniality all that often. But some movies are absolutely worth owning - they lift my mood, raise my spirits, or just make me smile, no matter how many times I've seen them before. So here we go - my list of movies I have found comforting enough to own. In no particular order, they are. The Court Jester "The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pessel. The chalice from the palace has the brue that is true." I don't care how many times I see that scene, it cracks me up. And the song he sings for the king - "When I was a lad, I was lonely and sad..." It's just Danny Kaye at his comedic best, and Danny Kaye is a comedic genius, which brings me to my next pick..... White Christmas. This has Danny Kaye again, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, snow, Christmas, dancing, gorgeous music, and really, what more could you want? "Sisters, sisters..." The Princess Bride "As you wish....Hello, my name is Indigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Admit it, you all know this scene. You all know every scene. The King and I I have a thing for bald men. I think Yul Brynner is right up there next to Patrick Stewart as sexiest man ever. And while I'm not a huge fan of Rodgers and Hammerstein, I really like this one. "Hello, young lovers, wherever you are....." "Shall we dance? (1,2,3 AND)..." So fun, so familiar, so soothing. Sense and Sensibility Yes, I like Jane Austen movies. Yes, I am female. I love this movie. I love everything about it. I only wish Colin Firth was in it. So there you go. Movies I go to when I want to shut my door, ignore my family, and just escape. Movies worth buying. I would do a list of books, but seriously, that would take WAAAYYY too long, and be way too boring. So there you go. My comfort movies, and if you see Colin Firth, tell him to put on his Darcy attitude and send him my way.


Anonymous Beanie said...

If you want a good cry, ( in a good way I suppose) watch -Return to Me-. Makes me cry every time!

4/27/2006 12:15:00 AM  
Blogger Heather O. said...

Ok, I'm on board with all of those movies except The King and I. Seriously, that musical blows. It's like Oklahoma in Siam.

4/27/2006 12:19:00 AM  
Blogger Tracy M said...

Oh, but the golden dress Deborah Kerr wore- what little girl hasn't fantasized about that?? And, as we know, we DO love our bald men!

4/27/2006 03:00:00 AM  
Blogger Nikki said...

The Power of One - It's not exactly a comfort movie, but the little boy that plays the young P.K. is the sweetest kid I have ever seen and it makes me happy to just watch the first half hour over and over.

4/27/2006 03:56:00 AM  
Blogger Laura W said...

oooh. I love Colin Firth. He's in basically all my comfort movies: Pride and Prejudice, Love Actually and the second Bridget Jones.

Although, I do love the remake of the Parent Trap, Hello Dolly and have been known to watch Harry Potter on repeat loop as well...

4/27/2006 09:35:00 AM  
Blogger moddy said...

I love the court jester, I grew up watching that, I also love almost all of Doris Day's movies, Pillow Talk it the best. But I must say my new favorite comfort movie is Sweet Home Alabama, I really like Reese in that one.
Oh and I think that the orginial Parent trap was way better that the remake, I love the dad in the first one.

4/27/2006 10:56:00 AM  
Blogger Colee said...

I have to say a hearty Amen!! to Mr. Darcy (aka Colin Firth). Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time and second only to the book is the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice. I enjoyed the new Pride & Prejudice movie but it also had the happy effect of reminding me how much I love Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy and I have watched my copy of that Pride and Prejudice twice since I saw the new version of Pride & Prejudice. There is nothing like Pride and Prejudice on a bad day- it is one of life's little pleasures!

4/27/2006 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous danithew said...

My wife loves Mr. Darcy. I bought her the original classic "Pride and Prejudice" and then she went and purchased the other more modern take on the book. So there's plenty of Mr. Darcy around here.

4/27/2006 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Wendy said...

My comfort movies: Anne of Green Gables series, Horatio Hornblower series, The Office(UK) and the very unMormon approved Velvet Goldmine. I wouldn't mind getting Northern Exposure on DVD--that show makes me happy just thinking about it.

4/27/2006 12:05:00 PM  
Blogger Guebb said...

Emma anyone? That's one of my favity-favorites. I'm not a huge Gwyneth fan, but she really makes this movie . . . and I don't know the line completely, but when she says "MY Mr. Knightly." Gets me everytime.

I'm also down with Doris Day and la-la love Pillow Talk and DEFINITELY the original Parent Trap. Also, the one movie I MUST watch every year at Christmas time is "It's a Wonderful Life" that's my feel good drug of choice.

4/27/2006 12:06:00 PM  
Anonymous jbn said...

You might change your mind about Yul Brenner after visiting Stallion Cornell's moist board...

4/27/2006 12:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Mary said...

I just wrote an email to my sisters about Collin Firth! Haha! (We just watched Nanny McPhee, which was okay, but I just liked seeing Mr. Firth smile in a movie). The A&E "P n P", as my family lovingly calls it, is perhaps one of my favorites of all time, along with the newer Little Women. The Power of One is also a great movie - but the book is just excellent!

My favorite, very un PC, musical is 7 Brides for 7 Brothers. Growing up in a family of 7 girls, we had a special fondness for the Pontipee brothers and their rough dance-fighting ways.

4/27/2006 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger Mrs. M said...

My friend just named her first child Colin, after everyone's favorite Mr. Darcy. I'm with Wendy - I also love Anne of Green Gables and Horatio Hornblower. 2 more of my favorites are the Sound of Music and While You Were Sleeping. My bro in Chicago does a great imitation of Joe Jr and the whole leaning scene:)

4/27/2006 01:12:00 PM  
Blogger Tigersue said...

If you are going to Jane Austin you might as well have Persuasion on the list too. It is my feel good movie.

4/27/2006 02:58:00 PM  
Blogger The Wiz said...

I loved the book Persuasion, but I haven't been able to find the movie at the video stores around here. maybe I should just buy it online.

4/27/2006 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger Andrea Wright said...

Wiz, fabulous list! I totally agree. I also agree that Anne of Green Gables belongs on the list. I would add "Newsies" and "Singing In the Rain". Both a little cheezy, but I LOVE them. Also, ever seen "Mrs. Miniver" with Greer Garson? That's one for the list as well. "Persuasion" is definitely worth seeing. I bet you could find it online.

Other than Pride and Prejudice, my favorite book is Jane Eyre, but none of the movies I've seen do it justice, anyone found a worthy version?

4/27/2006 04:09:00 PM  
Blogger dede said...

LOVE P & P, Sense & Sensibility (just finished it today for the billionth time while on the treadmill).

I am surprised no one has mentioned Hugh Grant. He is in a lot of my "bad day" movies. Love Actually, About a Boy, Notting Hill, Sense & Sensibility, 4 Weddings and a Funeral...

4/27/2006 04:10:00 PM  
Blogger Mrs. M said...

I forgot some. I love Much Ado About Nothing with Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branaugh, especially the scene where he is on the swing and in the fountain after he overhears that she loves him.

And how about Anthony Hopkins? Remains of the Day and Shadowlands. I always cry buckets.

4/27/2006 04:45:00 PM  
Blogger hairyshoefairy said...

Ditto to everyone about P&P! Watch it all the time.

A few things changed after my first year of college and I was angry, sad, and hurt. I watched You've Got Mail about a million times. I'm not really in love with the movie or anything, but there were a few lines that even now, years later, I always associate with that time. "People say change is a good thing. . . something you didn't want to have happen at all has happened." and Jean Stapelton's awesome, "You feel like a big fat failure now. . . but you're daring to imagine you could have a different life."

Another of my "makes me happy" movies is Legally Blonde.

4/27/2006 04:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Posts like this always remind me how much Im not a girl. I HATE pride and prejudice (the book - ooh i despise Jane austen!) Never seen the movie. I do have comfort movies though -
Star Wars trilogy (from the 80s! always watch this when im home sick)
What dreams may come
donnie darko

Mostly though, my 'comfort' comes in video games :) Great post!

4/27/2006 05:49:00 PM  
Blogger Heather O. said...

See Wiz? Andrea likes Newsies, too. I could watch Christian Bale all day long. I'm waiting until Jacob is old enough to handle "Batman Begins" before I buy it, just so I can watch Christian any time. Of course, it might be about 10 years before I let my son watch that movie, so maybe I should buy it now and hide it!


I actually totally dig the Star Wars Trilogy from the 80s too. Jacob is just getting into Star Wars, and it's been a lot of fun.

4/27/2006 10:38:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie J said...

I just watched the A&E P&P for the first time a few weeks ago and loved it! I love While You Were Sleeping (Mrs. Moo, I love the "leaning" scene!), Anne of Green Gables, the Wedding Singer and definitely the Princess Bride. I could watch that movie over and over again...actually I don't have to because I pretty much have it memorized! LOL

4/28/2006 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Sue said...

Ooooh - Comfort Movies!

I am an A&E P&P fanatic and assumed I would hate the new movie, but I quite shockingly actually loved it - almost as much.

Oh, I adore Sense & Sensibility too - it makes me cry everytime - I love when Eleanor falls apart at the end.

I adore Anne - love the books - and loved the first movie, but cannot abide the second and third - too unfaithful to the letter and spirit of Anne, I think.

Jane Austen novels are definitely my "comfort books" - love them all.

Newsies, ick!

The Man in the Moon is a great weepy comfort movie(early Reese Witherspoon - at her peak in my opinion). The Drew collection is always reliable - Ever After, Wedding Singer, Never Been Kissed. My Best Friend's Wedding, Steel Magnolias...

I need to go rent some stuff now!

4/28/2006 12:53:00 AM  
Blogger jeff g said...

My wife and I used to watch the 5-hour version of P&P over and over again. What really cracked me up was once when she fell asleep in the living room and, while asleep, let loose a giggle and a "Mr. Darcy!!!" Needless to say, I never let her forget that one.

4/28/2006 01:24:00 AM  
Blogger Heather O. said...


You mock me for Newsies, and then say that Man in the Moon is a good movie? Seriously, gag-a-maggot!

I do like Ever After, though, even if Drew Barrymore does have a completely ridiculous English accent in it. And she and Adam Sandler do have chemistry. 50 First Dates is a ridiculous movie, but it did make me laugh, and you do feel the same chemistry between those two that you felt in Wedding Singer (which is a GREAT show).

4/28/2006 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I am a P&P snob, but I do appreciate all efforts made to bring her book to the big screen. I love them all:

P&P with Colin Firth
P&P the LDS comedy
P&P with Kiera Knightley
B&P ("Bride") the Bollywood musical

My other comfort movies:

Emma (Kate Beckinsale and Gwenyth)
Ever After
Ella Enchanted
Anne of Green Gables (and Avonlea)
Sound of Music
Sense and Sensibility
Return to Me
Much Ado About Nothing
While You Were Sleeping
Anything with Cary Grant, Doris Day, or Fred Astaire
White Christmas (but only Nov-Dec)
And Newsies!! :)

Persuasion was pretty good, too.

I'm waiting for a great Mansfield Park to come out. Does anyone know if there is?

Man--I could talk all day about Jane Austen --she is my favorite...

4/28/2006 12:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May I add one more?

"The Scarlet Pimpernel" (the version with Jane Seymour)

An absolutely fantastic, escapist comfort movie!

DH even likes it, too, though he makes fun of it.

Pam W.

4/28/2006 08:21:00 PM  
Blogger The Wiz said...

Ahn such fun lists! Andrea, good to see you ;)

I think I will print out this thread for the next time I'm wandering aimlessly around a video store.

4/29/2006 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Selwyn said...

I have comfort movies, though sometimes the ratio of "makes me cry" - which then makes me feel better! - to "makes me feel good" in a little skewed!

Whale Rider (NZ movie)
One Night the Moon (Australian movie w. Paul Kelly)
The 5th Element (go figure!)
7 Brides for 7 Brothers (ditto)
Chronicles of Riddick (I like Vin!)
The Tracker (another Aust. flick)
The Assassin (Jane Fonda)
The Abyss
Young Guns
Cowboy Beebop
Wedding Singer
Black Books (UK show)
Too many really to mention!

4/30/2006 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous ProMom said...

Could I add my favorite aven though this is an old post?
Makes me cry, romance, humor and great music, what's not to love?

6/11/2006 10:03:00 PM  

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