Classic: Stand By Me (Amazon)
If “Boys on Bikes” was a movie genre, it would be my favorite and Stand By Me is no exception. Based on the Stephen King short story The Body, this coming of age film tells the story of four boys on the hunt for a dead body. Though we are decades apart, I feel like I grew up with these boys – the intellectual Gordie (Wil Wheaton), born leader Chris (River Phoenix), emotionally disturbed Teddy (Corey Feldman), and nervous nancy Vern (Jerry O’Connell). This timeless film is about friendship and the unforgettable experiences of growing up.
Comedy: Miss Congeniality (Amazon)
Don’t let the shitty Rotten Tomatoes score fool you, this movie is hilarious and absolutely worth a re-watch. Sandra Bullock stars in the Bechdel test passing action-comedy as an FBI agent tasked with thwarting a terrorist plot against the Miss United States Pageant – excuse me – scholarship program. Whenever I need a good pick-me-up, I turn to this movie. Plus, we’re nearing April 25th (Miss Rhode Island’s perfect date), so you gotta watch it this weekend.
Drama: The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Hulu, Kanopy)
This is an absolute heart-aching film that deserves a watch this weekend. After she’s caught kissing another girl, Cameron Post (Chloe Grace Moretz) is sent to a Christian treatment camp called God’s Promise. While forced to participate in conversion therapy, she bonds with fellow residents as they pretend to go along with the disturbing process. This beautifully told story is honest and thoughtful. No surprise that it won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize.
Cringe: LOL (American-HBOGo) & LOL (French-Amazon)
Know that I’m deeply embarrassed to say this, but I have seen these movies more times than days I’ve been quarantined. I don’t know why, but I can’t seem to stop watching them. Maybe it’s because I find the slice of life storytelling soothing? Or is it because the soundtracks are absolute fire? Perhaps it’s about the yearning between our two romantic leads? Either way, if the Duolingo owl is annoying you about practicing your French give this film (or its American counterpart) a whirl.