It’s actually shocking to me that I have enough comfort films to fill four posts. What’s even more shocking is that I can think of enough to fill about four more probably. I’ve always said I’m a comfort watcher when it comes to films and I have so many I could watch again and again. I like knowing what’s going to happen, which most likely sounds silly but it brings me comfort. I’ve never understood people who will only watch a film once. Could never be me.
101 Dalmatians (1996)
I cannot explain to you just how much I love this film. Dogs are one of my favourite things in the entire world so watching a film dedicated to 101 of them is just the best.
I have a strangely vivid memory of watching this at nursery when I was a kid and falling completely in love with it. Honestly I think I’ve watched it once a year since. Out of all the films on this post, 101 Dalmatians was my most recent watch. It never fails to cheer me up.
Starring: Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson
13 Going On 30 (2004)
This is another film I have watched an unholy amount of times. Looking back I was potentially a bit too young to watch this when I saw it for the first time, however, it was something my sister and I bonded over.
The concept of this was wild to me as a kid. A thirteen-year-old finds themself in an adult body with a cool apartment and their dream job, absolutely crazy. However, I won’t lie to you and say I wasn’t (and still am) completely jealous. The job part, not being thirty at thirteen.
Synopsis: Jenna Rink makes an unusual wish on her birthday. Miraculously, her wish comes true and the 13-year-old Jenna wakes up the next day as a 30-year-old woman.
Starring: Jennifer Garner & Mark Ruffalo
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
I can’t really explain why this film is on this list. For some reason, there’s just something about it that is so comforting to me. This is the most recent addition to my comfort film collection and if you look at the rest of this list the most recent before this was from 2006 which is just wild really.
When first deciding to include this film in this post series I was reading the book for the first time. I’ve since forgotten I was reading it and just haven’t bothered to pick it back up. Unfortunately, I don’t think the books are for me. Maybe I’ll give them another try.
The films, however, I could watch a million times. Peter Kavinsky has me in a chokehold and my god do I love Noah Centineo in this film. This is weird because outside of this series I don’t find him that attractive, but Peter Kavinsky you have my heart.
Synopsis: Lara Jean writes secret, soul-baring letters to her five crushes, but never meant to send them. Now they are out and wreaking havoc on her life.
Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Anna Cathcart
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I 100% agree with all of these as comfort films! Especially To All the Boys–there’s just a magic about that, with the chemistry of the cast and how beautifully it’s shot. And also yes, I find it interesting how characters can impact how we feel about an actor. Something about Noah Centineo as Peter K is just serendipity!
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