5 Comfort Movies For When You Need An Escape

When every minutes seems to bring with it another set of things to worry about, it’s important to find ways to decompress. Even if it’s for a little 90-minute burst, unplugging from the constant stream of news can help you feel more prepared to deal with whatever’s next. Couple that fact with the realization that you’ve got plenty of time, and it’s a great time to find some emotional comfort. Here are some movies you may have forgotten about that just might help you turn on off the anxiety, if even for a little while.


5: The Princess Bride (1987)

Favorite Line: “Jesus Grandpa, what did you read me this thing for?”

I have to admit, I’ve never watched this movie all the way through. I feel like I’ve seen it in pieces, but never all the way, and friends, that’s about to change. Fred Savage was 11 years old, prime in the middle of his “Wonder Years” best. The rest of the cast is incredible, and the whole premise of the movie is perfect for shutting everything else out and falling into the world Peter Falk is creating.


4: You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Favorite Line: “I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you so badly.”

Yes, the golden age of the internet! Remember when you had to insert the disc, wait for the modem tones, and then the voice! First, “Welcome.” Then, if you were blessed: “You’ve got mail!” That is, unless of course you had one of the very early computers that couldn’t exactly keep up. In that case, you’d lose part of each word. “Elcome!” “Ou’ve Got Mail!” Also, it’s Tom Hanks. Comfort films have no easier slam dunk. Also, Dave Chappelle! Finally, this movie came out in 1998!?!?!?! That’s the year I graduated high school, and I have a problem with how old this movie feels.

3: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Favorite Line: “I meant to do that.”

This one is mostly a comfort movie, except for that one scene. I’m 40 years old, but I will still never, ever forget when my evil older sister and I watched this movie together when I was about 8. We had it on rented VHS (shout ot to the old Video Outpost. $2.10 was all you needed for a two day rental. I think my overdue fee for “Dazed & Confused” is in the billions now) and she deliberately cued it up to the “Large Marge” scene. Traumatized my Saturday mornings with Pee Wee’s Playhouse for awhile. Beyond that, this is a great way to spend 91 minutes.

2: So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993)

-Favorite line:  “Dad, how can you hate the Colonel?”

This one gets an appalling amount of quoting in my house. Especially for a movie that wasn’t specifically a hit, there’s a lot to enjoy here.  If a day goes by without someone in my house shouting “IF YA CAN!” then we’ve wasted that day. So much of what Mike Myers is famous for happened after this movie, but the seeds of all of it are here.

-He plays both his character, Charlie, and his Scottish father. It’s essentially Shrek/Fat Bastard’s voice, but more curmudgeonly.

-There’s a Karmann Ghia convertible, which never a bad thing.

-There’s so much Austin Powers here, it might as well be a prequel. Just look at this trailer!


1: RAD (1986)
You can fight me on this, but you’d be wrong. Rad is an iconic piece of cinematic history. Truthfully, not many people have heard of this BMX comedy/drama/action/coming of age story, but those people are missing out. Particularly if you’re looking to let you brain relax, short of a full-length “Friends” feature film, there’s nothing better than Rad. Check out the synopsis, which by the way, is literally printed (all of it!) on the front of the DVD. Not the case, the DISC!

“A hometown kid on his BMX against the world at Helltrack… the heat is on.”

COME ON MAN! How can you not love it? The soundtrack is all 80’s killer too.