When we moved to Portland in October I thought the rain was going to be no big deal for me. In fact, I’ve always loved rainy days more than sunshine. Growing up in the desert will do that to you – you end up craving those big fat drops splashing on the dusty ground, the storm clouds you can see far off in the distance slowly moving closer and closer, the way the air changes smell and heft, like a blanket settling over everything.
The problem is I’ve been living under a wet blanket for four months now. I think I’m starting to grow mold.
To combat these rainy
day month blues I’ve decided to rewatch a few good sunny movies to get me through until these clouds disappear. Here are my top five right now. Watch them too and see if they don’t make your winter just a little more pleasant 🙂
50 First Dates
What’s not to love about a love story set in Hawaii? These people are so laid back and warm looking, it makes me happy just to see the people. Plus, it’s a great love story – a guy who’s so into someone that he’s willing to go through the same encounter over and over with the woman he loves. Gets me every time.
I remember watching this movie as a kid with my parents. There’s something about Goldie Hawn that I’ve always loved. She’s so sweet and fun. I want to be her best friend. This one is such a great romance too – you know how it’s going to end, there’s no doubt that she’ll end up staying with him. But it’s just so hard (and yet so satisfying) to watch all the screw-ups until they get there!
I guess it’s in the genes. Kate Hudson is just as captivating to me as her mom Goldie. And when you put her next to Matthew McConaughey… well I guess if you put anyone next to Mattew McConaughey I’d want to watch it… but I really love the chemistry these two have in this movie. The setting is great too – boats, islands. Just what I need a strong dose of on a rainy day.
In September of 2014 my husband and I were lucky enough to go on a cruise through Greece and Turkey. One of the stops was a small island (that I’ve since forgot the name of) where some of this movie was filmed. I’ve always loved Abba and when you pair it with a sunny island setting, it definitely takes me back to that beautiful place. The cast is great, the singing is mostly great (oh, Pierce…) And, boy, would I love to be back on that island right now.
Better Off Dead
This isn’t really a sunny setting kind of movie. Heck, some of it takes place on a ski slope! But it’s incredibly funny, has a light romance, and it’s my very favorite John Cusack movie of all time. What more do you need on a rainy day?
Do you have a favorite movie to watch on a rainy/snowy/cold winter day? Leave a comment and let me know!