“I am an island – I’m bloody Ibiza!”

 As the days get cooler and the amount of daylight starts to shrink, there’s nothing better than cuddling up on the couch and watching a favorite movie with hot cocoa or cider. The quote above is from one of my favorites, About a Boy, starring Hugh Grant. This movie never fails to crack me up mainly because it’s about two “boys” – a man who’s never had to work his entire life thanks to royalties he earns from a famous song his father wrote, and a teenage geeky boy who befriends him and teaches him that no man can really be an island.The movie is poignant and hilarious and I find it personally relevant that the lead character, Will, finds that the perfect people to date are single mums because “in comparison to their exes, you’re suddenly Mr. Wonderful”. He states that there must be hoardes of gorgeous, sexy single mums out there just waiting for somebody like him to come along and make their lives better. Cut to a granola, frazzled, emotionally unstable single mum crying her eyes out and not looking at all sexy. 🙂  At one point when she has a conversation with Will, she asks, “Am I a bad mother?” “No. No, you’re not a bad mother. You’re just a barking lunatic.”

Thinking about that movie made me ponder about a few other movies that I could watch over and over because they make me laugh – or cry – but regardless, at the end of the film I am left with some sort of satisfied feeling. So without further adieu, here’s the short list of some of my favorites:

  • Sneakersstarring Robert Redford. He plays the leader of sorts over a group of highly skilled “thieves” who can break into just about anything. When they accidentally cross paths with the Mafia, they have to steal back what they gave them in the first place. Great movie, great music, and has some of my favorite actors: Sidney Poitier, Dan Akroyd, River Phoenix, David Strathairn.
  • Raising Arizona – starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter. “There’s what’s right, and there’s what’s right, and never the twain shall meet.” ‘Nuff said.
  • Pride and Prejudice – either the PBS version with Colin Firth or the Kiera Knightley version. Classic Jane Austen.
  • Bandits – starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton. “Beavers and ducks!” No three words have made me laugh harder.

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