Movies

It has been recommended that patients bring a funny, uplifting movie with them to chemo or a hospital stay. The gift of laughter can shift attention away from the treatment at hand and offer a little respite.  Conversely, there is also catharsis in a good cry especially when you are feeling alone in illness or loss.

Here are some of The Kitchen Widow community’s go-to favorites for whatever mood you’re in:

When Out Loud Laughter is the Best Medicine:

  • Bridesmaids
  • Waiting for Guffman
  • Tootsie
  • Love Actually
  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Raising Arizona
  • Anchorman
  • Coming to America
  • Four Weddings and A Funeral
  • Dumb and Dumber
  • Hollywood Shuffle

When Only Stories of Strength, Love, or Triumph Can Feed the Soul:

  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Terms of Endearment
  • Ordinary People
  • Philadelphia
  • It’s A Wonderful Life
  • World According to Garp
  •  The Notebook
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Sophie’s Choice
  • Whale Rider
  • A River Runs Through It
  • Billy Elliott
  • The Way We Were

Family Movies That Hit All The Right Notes:

  • Finding Nemo
  • Toy Story 3
  • The Lion King
  • The Incredibles
  • A Dolphin Tale
  •  Wall-E
  •  Up
  • Book of Life
  • Big Hero 6