10 films to cure any form of heartbreak
We’ve all had those days.
It could be anything from a job interview gone wrong. A messy, heart-wrenching breakup. Your best friend moving away. Or maybe you’re just having a case of the winter blues– because for some reason we can’t seem to shake the bad weather off despite people claiming spring is just around the corner.
When the sun just isn’t shining and all you want to do is stay in your onesie and mope under your duvet with a mammoth mug of tea, Eat More Cake has got you covered with some films that might just bring a little light back into your life. So pop the Sriracha popcorn and cuddle up with a friend or your mum, and let yourself escape for a little while. We guarantee that these film will get you back on your feet and ready to kick life’s butt again!
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
When I think ‘breakup film’, I think of this visually stunning tale starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. In an alternate reality, Clementine (played by Winslet) voluntarily undergoes a procedure to erase all of her memories of her former boyfriend Joel (Jim Carrey). Joel finds out, and opts to go for the same procedure. What follows after is a moving exploration of intimacy, flaws and trying to hold on to something special before it disappears altogether. It may seem bleak at first, but it is a film that dares you to make the time you have with the person you love special. Life is too short to be miserable, so love. Love fearlessly, and love fiercely.
2. Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2
Quentin Tarantino’s blood-bath of a saga is absolutely guaranteed to induce the kind of catharsis you need to shake off any kind of sadness induced by other people. The Bride goes off on an epic revenge quest to get payback for her ex-lover attempting to murder her on her wedding day, and the way she picks off her enemies one by one is possibly the most satisfying moments in cinema to watch. Especially if you replace the faces of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad with those of your ex-partners or your arsehole boss.
3. (500) Days of Summer
Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl (and girl with boy). They break up. Boy breaks plates – and then finally realises that high expectations often lead to great disappointment.
Joseph Gordon Levitt absolutely charms in his portrayal of puppy dog Tom and Zooey Deschanel encapsulates the manic pixie dream girl trope so well she nearly smashes it to pieces. Ultimately this film tells you to not put people on top of pedestals and to love someone for who they are, instead of loving the idea of them. Plus, a little bit of Hall & Oates never killed nobody.
4. Silver Linings’ Play-book
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper play dysfunctional lovers trying to escape their demons, and they figuratively and literally dance their way into redemption and love in this film all about looking on the bright side of life. The film is worth a watch alone to see Cooper’s character Pat throw an Ernest Hemingway novel through a glass window because he hated the ending, or when Lawrence’s character Tiffany completely smashes up their table at a diner, flipping the bird at Pat like there’s no tomorrow. Silver Linings Play-book brings you a message of hope, because it’s about embracing your flaws knowing that somebody out there will embrace them too.
5. The Producers
Moving away from romance movies slightly and into a film that’s guaranteed to have you in stitches, The Producers is rip-roaringly hilarious, with the songs from the offbeat musical rivalling the Book of Mormon for its levels of inappropriateness. Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane play two conmen who set out to make the worst musical in the history of musicals in a very alternative ‘buddy’ movie. If you take anything away from this film, it’s that you know, if you got it, flaunt it. (Well, if we were all as leggy as Uma Thurman, we would!)
6. Legally Blonde
“When in doubt, watch Legally Blonde” is a motto I’ve been sticking to for years. It doesn’t matter whether you hate pink, or much rather paint your nails with glitter than study for your LPC exams, it is immensely inspiring to see Elle Woods (as played by Reese Witherspoon), succeed in her goals by doing nothing but work hard and be completely unashamed in who she is. If you don’t shut off your laptop feeling like you can conquer the world exactly like Elle Woods, then you’re probably not human and you should focus on perfecting your bend and snap.
The biggest round-up of the best female comedians went forth and made an unabashedly crude comedy about bridesmaids – and good God is it great. Fantastic characters, gross gags about poo, and female friendship equals winning combination. Bridesmaids is especially revolutionary in its treatment of women in film, because it just shows that you don’t have to be a ‘strong female character’ in order to be interesting. You can be vulgar, insecure, lustful, and even a little bit of an asshole. But this film is wonderful for those rough kind of days because it says it’s completely OK to be that way. I’m also a big believer in watching a movie for its fart jokes.
8. Lilo & Stitch
Out of all the Disney films I could have picked, I went for Lilo & Stitch for the Hawaiian vibes, atypically dysfunctional characters and the overarching message of “It’s OK to be a little bit weird”. This film has everything. Alien bounty hunters, surfing, an Ugly Duckling reference and a beautiful story about finding family in difficult circumstances. “Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind”. Wise words to live by from a 6-year-old who feeds tuna fish peanut butter sandwiches.
9. Charlie’s Angels
Sticking firmly to the girl-power theme in this article, Charlie’s Angels is a no-holds barred barrel of cheesy goodness that smashes the patriarchy with three incredible kick-ass women in tight outfits. What’s not to love? Takeaways from this film will include: how to disarm an entire group of men in a room whilst being tied to a chair, how to seduce Tim Curry in a Japanese massage parlour, and how to survive falling out of an apartment wearing nothing but a sheet. Important life lessons indeed.
10. Mrs Doubtfire
If you’re looking for a film that will cause genuine, belly-aching laughter and also buckets of tears, Mrs Doubtfire is where you should go to. Robin Williams (dearly missed) absolutely shines in his portrayal of a desperate dad wanting to spend more time with his children by creating an old English-nanny persona to baby-sit them. I predict that watching Williams fall and get up again, set his false cleavage on fire and run around in pantyhose and heels is absolutely hysterical.
And with that, “All my love to you, poppet, you’re going to be all right… bye-bye.”