Are you genuinely still social-distancing?
Or are you just socially anxious like me, and pretending you still have to?
If so, let me plan out next weekend for you because Angela at Heritage Films has asked me to give a shout-out for this wonderful, feel-good movie starring Renee Zellweger that they are premiering online between the 29th and 31st May. It’s called “Same Kind Of Different As Me,” and for each ticket sold (drum roll) a donation will be made to the Salvation Army and its Red Shield Appeal, who have been hit really hard this year.
Check out the movie trailer here:
A bit about the movie…
Ron Hall, played by Greg Kinnear in the movie, wrote the original story of “Same Kind Of Different As Me” – about a couple, whose lives change forever when they develop an unlikely friendship with Denver Moore, a homeless man – and sales from it have raised over $100,000 towards homelessness. As soon as Angela described it as “a true, inspirational story about a woman who transforms a city with kindness,” I knew it would be right up the street of a feel-good movie aficionado like me…especially now, during these dark, COVID times.
Who hasn’t loved Renee Zellweger since she dished up blue soup in Bridget Jones?
Evidently, Angela knew that flattery would get her everywhere (when she described me as a blogger with compassion in her pitch to me), but there are other (less shallow) reasons I want to endorse this movie premiere. Firstly, there are those massively important donations to The Salvation Army who “leave no-one in need” – and I know from personal experience how easy it is for any of us to suddenly find ourselves in a position of dependency on awesome charities such as these – and secondly, this is not just any old movie, it is a story with heart and soul, with an amazing cast, and I think most of us could do with a little of that right now.
Did You Know That Ugly-Crying Actually Enhances Your Mood?
This movie is guaranteed to release all those pent-up emotions of the last two months – which is a good thing because (interesting fact) a big, ugly cry actually ENHANCES your mood. And, frankly, it sounds like a) the perfect antidote to the Corona blues and b) the ultimate way to waste a lazy weekend afternoon for the professional couch potatoes among us.
But if those aren’t big enough incentives, remember that feel-good stories like these force us to think about how lucky we are – a really important reminder for those of us fortunate enough to come out of COVID-19 relatively unscathed.
Anything that gives us pause for thought and time to reflect on our priorities is a good thing, right?
AND FINALLY, THE BEST BIT. With your invitation to watch this movie, you are ALSO invited to the pre-movie program which includes interviews with the stars and the author, i.e. the perfect excuse to put on your glad rags for the first time (in what feels like a decade) and crack open a bottle of bubbly.
You can buy your movie pass HERE, and once you receive it you’ll get 48hrs to complete the movie and two weeks to start it.
And remember, the MAIN reason I’m giving you permission to take an afternoon off is because single and family movie passes make a direct donation to this year’s RED SHIELD APPEAL.
And while I’m on the subject of THE BEST FEEL-GOOD MOVIES, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a few of my own. I’m not an idiot, so I realise that anyone worth their salted popcorn (when it comes to tearjerkers) will have seen most of these already, but if you haven’t, hit up a box of Maltesers, get out the blankets and give them a shot.
- The Green Mile – Starring Sandra Bullock, the queen of feel-good movies.
2. When Harry Met Sally – Who hasn’t been in the situation this couple finds themselves in “the morning after”? Harry’s expression says it all. It always reminds me of the look on the old man’s face the morning after we (drunkenly) decided to try for a baby.
3. Chocolat – Anything French is “HOT AF!” I would definitely turn for Juliette Binoche.
4. Love Actually – So yeah, in terms of political correctness, this movie hasn’t aged the best, but who can forget the magic of that wedding, THAT funeral, or the brutal bedroom scene caused by Snape’s infidelity.
5. Notting Hill – The fairytale. “I’m just a boy, standing in front of a girl, asking him to love her.”
6. Steel Magnolias – The best story about friendship. Hankies a must.
7. Ten Things I Hate About You – Heath Ledger. *Sob*
8. Pride and Prejudice – Where Mr Darcy’s awkwardness is almost as sexy as a man carrying a baby.
9. Four Weddings And A Funeral – This movie always reminds me of the year of our wedding, minus the funeral. So many memories, so embarrassingly nineties.
10. My Big Fat Greek Wedding – John Corbett at his sexiest. We learnt what a bunt was and we’ll never say I.A.N the same way again.
11. Forrest Gump – An epic journey of kindness.
12. The Shawshank Redemption – The best bromance.
14. The Holiday – Cutest cottage, kid, and dad.
13. Bridget Jones Diary – The most accurate depiction of those angst-ridden years of our late-twenties and early-thirties. The best song to sing with a hairbrush.
15. Grease – The first movie I saw at the cinema with friends.
16. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape – The subtle introduction of Leonardo to the world.
17. Silver Linings Playbook – The most romantic take on love with mental illness.
18. Dead Poets Society – Robin Williams “Oh captain, my captain…’
19. Bend It Like Beckham – An inspirational tale for young girls everywhere.
20. My Left Foot – The courage and determination of Christy Brown.
21. The Full Monty – Finally, some titillation for the ladies.
22. Bridesmaids – Too many hysterical moments in this movie to mention, but…every bride’s worst nightmare has to be a bad case of diarrhoea in your wedding dress.
23. The Untouchables – A mesmerising story of friendship and hope.
24. The Body Guard/Field Of Dreams/Dances With Wolves – Something for everyone. Who knew that Kevin Costner was such a feel-good film maker?
25. Benny And Joon – A beautiful film about love and “difference”.
Any movies I need to add to my list?
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