Queen of the feel-good films: Gurinder Chadha (Wednesday weekly blogging challenge)




Today's theme for the Wednesday weekly blogging challenge (hosted at Long and Short Reviews) is about feel-good films or books, the ones you reach for when you need a pick-me-up. And we could all use a bit of that right about now. Not long ago, I watched Blinded by the Light on a plane. It was so lovely (if a bit cringe) and full of good stuff, and it made me forget for a little while that I had hours and hours left before my feet touched land and I could get a proper sleep. Gurinder Chadha is a writer/director I love, and I always come away from her films feeling a little bit better. I couldn't pick just one to talk about, so here are my favourites and why I love them:


Bend it Like Beckham 



(Crying at the way they've dubbed the Essex accents in this trailer...)

Apart from the soundtrack and the noughties nostalgia, there's no definite reason why I find this so feel good. The story of a British Indian girl who wants to play football professionally, I love the characters and the fact that - although there is some romance - it's a female focused film that isn't just a love story. 

Bride and Prejudice 



Pride and Prejudice meets Bollywood - you can't go wrong here. I've been known to watch this like three times in one day, because it just makes me so happy. Probably not everyone's cup of tea, but if you like Jane Austen I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy this. 


Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging



From the minute they start playing 'She's So Lovely' as Georgia runs down the street dressed as a stuffed olive, I know I'm just going to sit and watch the whole thing. I love this partly for the nostalgia (I was the right age for this when it came out) partly for the English-ness and partly for the soundtrack. Also because, despite how weird it is (the way they talk and act is not normal for the UK honestly) I definitely think it's more accurate to my teenage experience than the majority of teen films. 


Blinded by the Light  



This is a new one for me, and I didn't like it quite as much as the others, but it was still a lot of fun. It's sad in places, touching and occasionally grim. And sometimes you might have to hide behind a cushion from embarrassment. But it's hopeful and uplifting too. I'm also starting to discover Bruce Springsteen, so that can only be a plus. 


Seen any of these? What's your favourite feel-good film?




Comments

  1. I loved Bend It Like Beckham. Such a great film.

    My <a href="https://lydiaschoch.com/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-my-go-to-movie-for-a-pick-me-up/”>post</a>.

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  2. I need to check out these movies. I've never seen any of them. Thanks for the suggestions!

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  3. I keep meaning to watch "Bend it Like Beckham" and rewatching the trailer reminds me why. It feels a little like "My Big, Fat Greek Wedding" which I adored. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Yeah there are definitely similarities I think! I love My Big Fat Greek Wedding too.

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  4. I've not seen any of these, I guess I'm going to have to expand my 'to watch' list now!

    My post

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  5. Not familiar with any of these movies. I'll have to check them out. Thanks for sharing! Here's mine. https://www.tenastetler.com/lsrs-wednesdays-blog-challenge-my-go-tobook-or-movie-for-a-pick-me-up/

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  6. Got me stumped here. I'll have to check out Bend it Like Beckham. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/06/wc-062420.html

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    1. That's the one to try I think - definitely the most famous one!

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  7. Bend it Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice are two of my favorite films! I haven’t seen the others, but I’ll put them on my list.

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    1. Her films all have a similar vibe to them so hopefully you'd like the others too! Bride and Prejudice is one of my all time favourites :)

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  8. Bend It Like Beckham I've seen and enjoyed; it's not one I go back to regularly, but I would definitely watch it again. Bride and Prejudice really should be on my list, and I'm a little embarrassed that I left it off; I love that one. I'm not familiar with the rest of your list, but they definitely seem like they're worth a look.

    My list is here.

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    1. I've not watched Bend it Like Beckham loads but every time it's on I'll stick it out until the end! Bride and Prejudice is great :)

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  9. Um... I had no clue Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging was a movie! I loooved those books as a teen!

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    1. I still need to read the books - I loved the first one, although I think I've missed the moment a bit now. The books are a bit different I think, but I think the book fans liked the film as a rule!

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  10. I need to try some of these Bride and Prejudice has been on my list for ages.

    "hiding behind a cushion in embarrassment" is definitely a thing for movies. Northanger Abbey and the new Pride and Prejudice are my most vivid memories of that.

    Funny story about Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, I remember rummaging through Barnes and Noble and coming across it, as a teen, I was very sheltered, very homeschooled, very American, and every word on that SO British title seemed shocking even though I had no clue what any of them meant. First clue in modern cultural differences. I later saw the trailer but never the film, but that memory just cracks me up. Later I learned what snogging meant from Harry Potter. I wish Harry Potter hadn't been Americanized (apparently the illustrated versions aren't), it's such a great way to learn things.

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    1. Some films I even have to pause to give me time to psyche up for the embarrassing bits, haha. I remember being wary of the titles when I was a kid, they get weirder and weirder! Would be interesting to see what words they changed in the US versions of Harry Potter, I can't even think.

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  11. How have I not watched Bride and Prejudice? HOW???? It is so in my luuurve zone.
    Ta for the rec. Am off to check my telly!

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    1. No problem! Hope you like it, got to love a Pride and Prejudice retelling :)

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  12. I've been meaning to watch Bend It Like Beckham. I'll have to give it a try.

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    1. It's a good one - very 2000's, but fun :)

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