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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 10, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Happy movies follow-up

Monday morning I asked readers of this blog to share with me their favorite happy movies –movies that always make you smile, no matter how often you watch them. This was a follow-up to our discussion of “movies that make you cry” last week, and here’s an interesting observation: Far fewer of you chimed in on happy movies (about 30 commenters, vs. about 100 for the tearjerkers), but those who did named quite a few more movies — both lists ultimately had about 100 titles. Is this because happiness is more complex and individual than sadness? Do we all cry at the same things but laugh at different things? Anyway, for what it’s worth, here are the most frequently named titles:
1. “The Princess Bride”
2. tie between “Amelie,” “Pride and Prejudice” (the 1995 Colin Firth one, several people specified), and “Young Frankenstein.”
Also receiving multiple votes, in alphabetical order: “Caddyshack,” “Clueless,” “Galaxy Quest,” “Gregory’s Girl,” “In & Out,” “The Man From Snowy River,” “Monty Python & the Holy Grail,” “Office Space,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Sense & Sensibility,” “Sixteen Candles,” and “When Harry Met Sally.”
Thanks for the laughs, everyone. What shall we discuss next? Movies that make us confused? Movies that make our stomachs hurt? Movies that make us want to read the book? Movies in which a weird assortment of actors are playing siblings? (Yesterday I saw a movie in which Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer were sisters. Really?) The list is endless . . .

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