100 lb. Club - What is your all time favorite movie to make you feel better and give you inspiration

03-27-2007, 11:28 PM
I have a few movies that I put in to make me feel better
about my goals and myself...

The Mirror has 2 faces

Rocky! LOL The first one

Pretty Woman

how about you......?????


03-28-2007, 12:48 AM
Bridget Jones' Diary, The Breakfast Club

03-28-2007, 12:50 AM
I agree about the Mirror has two Faces. I actually watched that this weekend! I liked that movie because it challenges peoples ideal of beauty and love and how those two things interact. Anyway, I have to give it some thought about movies that inspire me. First comes to mind is Remember the Titans and The Greatest Game Ever Played. I'll get back to you when I think of more!

03-28-2007, 12:59 AM
fried green tomatos...all the way!!!!

03-28-2007, 01:24 AM
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation! I watch it every year to prepare for OUR family Christmas. My family stays for a week! :dizzy: Clark and Ellen et al help me get through it all!

Rudy is my favorite sports movie. I've seen it at least ten times. Just watched it again last week.

Romy and Michele's Reunion is also a favorite. I just like to spend time with them!

LOVE Whale Rider, too! Keisha Castle-Hughes is a real favorite of mine and I LOVED the story SOOOO much! (My son and future daughter-in-law were in New Zealand shortly after it came out, so it was very meaningful to us all!)

Bridget Jones' Diary (I and II) because I LOVE movies where the underdog WINS!!!


03-28-2007, 03:02 AM
OK, ya'll are gonna' laugh, but.....I love the movie "Shirley Valentine". I love the whole movie, but especially the theme of reclaiming ones' self. One of my favorite lines in the whole movie is something I've never forgotten:

"I've *allowed* myself to live this little life, when inside me is so much more."

It hit me hard when I heard that, because it was right at the point where it was starting to finally dawn on me how I was living my life from the sidelines because of my weight. I know it sounds silly, but that statement still pops into my head all the time, and it strengthens my resolve to stick with this and realize my true potential :) I want to live a big life, gosh darn it!! (just not literally, LOL!).

03-28-2007, 04:59 AM
American Beauty... kinda dark, but really lifts me up in the end.

"I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life."
-Lester Burnham, American Beauty

03-28-2007, 06:09 AM
Great pick girls !

The mirror has two faces is the one that definately makes me feel better, it´s a great reminder for me that I´m my worst critic...

03-28-2007, 09:34 AM
sugarlove, Shirley Valentine is one of my favorite movies! I totally agree with you on that.

Another of mine is Muriel's Wedding - I just love how she goes through this process of self-discovery and realizing her place in the world. And gotta love the Abba soundtrack!

I've never seen The Mirror Has Two Faces, might have to give it a looksee now ...

03-28-2007, 10:04 AM
I watched An Officer and a Gentleman last week and had forgotten how much I loved that movie.

The movie What's Eating Gilbert Grape always gets to me. I could personally see myself getting that big and the burden it was putting on my family.

03-28-2007, 10:19 AM
Radio and Forrest Gump. They both remind me that there is good in people. I'm very cynical and sometimes I just wonder why everyone seems so mean, judgmental, unforgiving, and intolerant. Radio is the most inspiring of the two because it's true.

03-28-2007, 10:25 AM
hmm, What's Eating Gilbert Grape always brings me down. Of course, some of my favorites might bring others down, too, but they include:

Life as a House
Igby Goes Down
Go (this one is a little more fun than serious)
Brick (also kinda fun)None of them are particularly happy movies, but they all make me feel really good in the end for some reason. I think they make me appreciate how good my life is in that I don't have such things to deal with on a daily basis. I mean, everyone has issues and faces challenges, but I've been fortunate in my life that none of mine have had a drastic negative impact on me or my life, if that makes sense.

03-28-2007, 10:28 AM
Hhmmm, my family all love movies, but here are a couple of my favs....

Captian Ron
The Wedding Date
You've Got Mail

03-28-2007, 04:39 PM
* Under the Tuscan Sun
* Happy Gilmore
* Independence Day
* In her shoes
* Old-school Tom Hanks movies--- The Burbs, The Money Pit, Big...

03-28-2007, 11:27 PM
I just watched Shirley Valentine (again!) a few weeks ago-I love British and Irish movies.

I absolutely love the movie the Commitments-anyone else? It cracks me up, I love the musical performances....I bought both soundtrack cds and play them constantly.

I also really like Circle of Friends since it's based on one of my favorite books, but I was pissed that they changed the ending.

I'm sure there are more, but I'm drawing a blank now...


03-29-2007, 12:17 AM
I absolutely love the movie the Commitments-anyone else? It cracks me up, I love the musical performances....I bought both soundtrack cds and play them constantly.

I loved The Commitments! I still have the soundtrack that I bought about a dozen years ago - in fact, it's in my car stereo right now!

I was pissed about the CoF ending, too. Typical Hollywood, just had to give it a 'happy' ending.

03-29-2007, 01:26 AM
There was a TV-movie on quite a few years ago that they repeat every once in a while on cable. It was called "BabyCakes" with Ricki Lake. Ricki played an overweight young woman (with very low self-esteem) who works at a funeral home applying makeup on corpses. She figures that working in the back room where no one can see her is the best kind of job for her. During the course of the movie (several tribulations and learning experiences and starting to emerge from her shell) she manages to start to slowly increase her self-esteem. She starts to dress more stylishly and uses her gift for make-up application to apply to Beauty School. She decides it's time to come out of that back room of the funeral home and hopefully wind up in a Beauty Salon soon. Through sheer determination and hard won self-esteem and a quirky endearing personality and new-found style, she also wins over the hunky guy she had been dreaming about from afar. It is a off-beat quirky -ultimately happy and hopefull little movie with really good upbeat soundtrack music.

Edit: I haven't figured out how to do that whole "link" thing but I just noticed the "Babycakes" DVD is on sale at the Amazon website. I also just noticed the saying they have on the cover of the DVD = "Love doesn't come in Sizes" It looks like it was made in 1989. Ricki was very young in the movie. The Reviewers on Amazon give it 4 1/2 stars.
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BTW it's not a movie, but I feel that the TV Show "Ugly Betty" belongs in this thread too ! It makes me feel upbeat and inspired and it is funny & outrageous too. --Pookie

03-29-2007, 01:45 AM
i loved Igby goes down. I went on a Kieran Culkin kick and watched all his movies. I love him. :)

movies that make me feel better Bridget Jone's Diary, Elizabethtown... and number one when I want to feel better... Harold and Maude.
"go love some more.." sigh. I need to dust that off and watch it again.

Inspire Me
03-29-2007, 04:16 AM
You guys have a bunch of movies I love to watch. I love Shirley Valentine, I can't find a copy of it anywhere if any one has an Idea please let me know.

I also love Under the tuscan sun I have the movie poster framed in my office. The big sunflowers make me smile.

Another one people may not know is A Year in Provance it is 4 tapes and it's about what it says giving up their life and spending a year in provance. It goes through the 4 seasons and it is truly inspirational about starting over.

Keep the suggestions coming I love watching movies while on the tredmill I eventually get through them and help me do it because I want to find out what happens he he.

03-29-2007, 04:33 AM
I watched a movie last night that is not particularly inspiring, but it´s fun and upbeat... it´s called the first wives club...

Liziness, I dated a guy last year that told me a couple times the movie Elizabethtown reminded him of me ... I don´t know why I didn´t see it yet, will definately try to get to it this weekend !:)

03-29-2007, 06:46 AM
I can't believe how many of you put "the mirror has two faces", I also love that movie but no one else I know has even seen it!

I also like In Her Shoes - especially as I am a lawyer with a much cuter (although much nicer!) younger sister and so I like to think that she could be me.

And Pookie, I agree, Ugly Betty should be in this thread too, even if it isn't a movie.

03-29-2007, 12:08 PM
Last night I watched Rocky Balboa and I found it as uplifting as the first one. There is a speech he gives his son that I am going to watch again.

Also, Mystery Alaska! Love it for soooo many reasons. Master and Commander as well, for its scope and vastness.

03-29-2007, 12:15 PM
Thought of another one last night - can't believe I forgot it! :)

"Bend It Like Beckham"

03-29-2007, 12:18 PM
:carrot: :carrot:

Inspire Me this is for you (and me, too, since I've been looking for it for ages, too!)


And only $9.99!! Pre-order here I come, LOL!! :D

03-29-2007, 12:54 PM
Lizziness Definitely Harold and Maude.

Midwife I am also a Master and Commander fan, mostly from the books. I :love: Jack and Stephen.

My contribution is Shall We Dance the Japanese version. It is such a sweet movie about finding passion in life.

reds ohare
03-29-2007, 01:15 PM
The Commitments is one of my favorite movies too. The soundtrack is even better -- I even have 2 of Andrew Strong's (the lead singer (who, trivia buffs, was 16 at the time of filming) solo album.

I just bought the book "Barrytown Triliogy" by Roddy Doyle, which the movie is based off of one of the stories.

Make me feel better movies? I dunno, probably the Princess Bride, or Labyrinth. They just take me back to my childhood. I love Maverick with Mel Gibson. Bridget Jones is definitely a great one. "That was it. Right there. That was the moment. I suddenly realized that unless something changed soon... And so I made a major decision… I decided to take control of my life." And I love Gladiator and Braveheart. Even though they are sad at the end, I feel like I can accomplish anything.

I generally turn to music when it comes to inspiration though. :)

03-29-2007, 02:42 PM

When did Andrew Strong's solo cd some out? I had heard about it, but could never find it! In 1993, my husband and I went to London for our honeymoon. Andrew Strong was supposed to have a concert in London while we were there, but it was canceled.

Maria Doyle was in a band with her husband called Black Velvet Band, but she only sang background vocals-what a waste!

I bought the Deluxe version of the DVD that was released one or two years ago-it comes with an extra dvd that has updates on the cast members and behind the scenes about the filiming.

Oh, and the show "In Concert" that used to be on ABC late Friday nights has a "commitments in concert special that was an hour. I'd better tranfer my vhs of it to dvd before the tape falls apart!

There is a second sountrack cd, just called Commitments 2-I don't know if it's still in print, though.

What other music do you like? Not to take over the thread, but I could discuss music endlessly...one of my favorite bands is the Irish band Hothouse Flowers. They're playing in PA next month-I hope to go see them.


I also love bend it like beckham as well.

03-29-2007, 03:46 PM
Oooh. Loads of mine have alread been mentioned

Shirley Valentine
Circle of Friends
The Commitments
The Princess Bride
Under the Tuscan Sun

My favourtie, favourite would probably have to be It's a Wonderful Life. I know, I know - the ultimate in schmaltz but i can't help it :o

Never heard of the mirror has two faces. What's the plot?