After a long week of “spilled milk” and homework battles, hard-pressed work submissions and workplace politics, and all the other “fun” stuff in between, it’s always a cause for celebration when TGIFriday hits.

What once use to mean a night out for dinner or dancing with the hubby or friends till wee hours of the night, Friday nights have now been reserved for family.
We call it Feel Good Friday. We typically order in take-out, and I allow my children (which they love) to eat in front of the television as we all gather together to enjoy a Family movie on Netflix.

Here’s the thing with me and Family Movies. I’m either zonked out by the 2nd scene or silently browsing through Pinterest. Sad but true. My daughter is the first to call me or my husband out and we don’t like that she has to see our lack of enjoyment when it’s suppose to be family time.
This was the past.
Now, we’ve made it a point to select films together that we all will truly enjoy.

I don’t know about you but I can always use a nice Feel-Good movie every now and then to give my heart a nice dose of the fuzzies, don’t you?
It’s fortifying and I like that my children can experience these types of emotions as it helps them to understand humanity a lot more as they grow up and that not every movie is all sugar and spice but at the same time, not exposing them to things that can upset them too much.

Here are my Favourite Feel-Food ‘Flix to Stream for February that you can enjoy with the family and won’t bore you:

Twinsters

TwinstersFilmStill_036A French fashion design student stumbles upon a familiar face on YouTube: her own. Finding the resemblance uncanny, she sends the video’s American creator a message and the two discover that they are, in fact, twins separated at birth.

I was smiling throughout this entire film.  Such a joy to watch!  How can I meet these girls in real life and hang out?  

McFarland, USA

McFARLAND, USA..L to R: Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) and Thomas Valles (Carlos Pratts) w/ Damacio Diaz (Michael Aguero) in background...Ph: Ron Phillips..?Disney 2015
McFARLAND, USA..L to R: Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) and Thomas Valles (Carlos Pratts) w/ Damacio Diaz (Michael Aguero) in background…Ph: Ron Phillips..?Disney 2015

Track coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) is a newcomer to a predominantly Latino high-school in California’s Central Valley. Coach White and his new students find that they have much to learn about one another, but things begin to change when White realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability. More than just physical prowess drives the teens to succeed; their strong family ties, incredible work ethic and commitment to their team all play a factor in forging these novice runners into champions.

Based on a true story, this is one of those movies that will not only make your heart smile but have you cheering and leaving you absolutely inspired and motivated. 

Inside Out

Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions — led by Joy (Amy Poehler) — try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust.

There really is no need to discuss this too much.  There’s a reason it won a recent Golden Globe.  Acceptingly Adorable for kids of all ages and cleverly crafted to remind you to embrace your feelings and never lose those special memories that have helped build who you are now (and will continue to as you get older).

Song of the Sea

song-of-the-sea-3 From the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells comes a breathtakingly gorgeous, hand-drawn masterpiece. Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies, SONG OF THE SEA tells the story of the last sealchild, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover the secrets of their past. Pursued by the owl witch, Macha, and a host of ancient and mystical creatures, Saoirse and Ben race against time to awaken Saoirse’s powers and keep the spirit world from disappearing forever. As enthralling for adults as for children young and old, Song of the Sea is a wonder of magical storytelling and visual splendor that is destined to become a classic.

This one was a cinematic work of art and absolutely touching.  I never realized how enthralled I’d be watching this one.

Big Daddy

3608_1A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn’t go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.

Okay, so I’m not really into slap-stick comedy, but for some reason, Adam Sandler likes to create these type of comedies that tend to pull at my heart strings (have you seen 50 First Dates too?).  This one was one of them.  Grab the kleenex!

We Bought a Zoo

We-Bought-a-Zoo-2011Following his wife’s untimely death, Los Angeles journalist Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) decides to make a fresh start by quitting his job and moving his children (Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones) to an 18-acre property containing the Rosemoor Wildlife Park. Though closed for years, Rosemoor is still home to many animals, cared for by Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson) and her small staff. Mee opens his heart and his checkbook as he, Kelly and the others work to renovate and reopen the zoo.

White Frog

White Frog is an 2012 American film written by Fabienne Wen and Ellie Wen and directed by Quentin Lee. It is a drama-comedy, aimed at young adults, about 15-year-old Nick Young (Booboo Stewart), a neglected teen with Asperger syndrome whose life is changed forever when tragedy hits his family. It is a story of the power of family, friendship, and love.

 

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