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Spring Movies to Cure Winter Blues

A couple watching a movie together

As of March 19, the spring season has officially blossomed, giving us longer days and a fresh start. Along with spring comes a whole week off for spring break, and what better way to make the most of it than by relaxing and enjoying some movies? Watching fun movies is definitely one of my favorite ways to get rid of the winter blues, so here are my top movies in no particular order.

13 going on 30 (2004)

For me, rom-coms hit just the right spot. While they’re not all directly tied to spring, rom-coms just have that uplifting vibe to get you in good spirits. This movie has to be one of my go-to rom-coms, and I’ve probably watched it at least five times. Even if you’re not a big fan of these types of movies, you’ll probably still find it entertaining. It revolves around Jenna Rink, who, on her 13th birthday, wishes to magically become 30 to escape her struggles at school. Initially thrilled that her wish has come true and enjoying the fun of adult life, she soon realizes it comes with its own challenges and disappointments that she can’t simply ignore because she’s older. While the film focuses a lot on Jenna’s personal growth, it also shows a side of her struggles with romantic relationships as an adult.

A Good Year (2006)

While not exactly a rom-com, this movie shares a similar vibe and is set in the beautiful city of Provence, France. Taking place during the spring season, it follows Max, who unexpectedly inherits his uncle’s vineyard. At the same time, he meets Fanny, who not only becomes his love interest but helps him grow as a person, teaching him valuable lessons about life, like slowing down and appreciating the simple pleasures of rural living. Aside from the storyline, my favorite part of the movie is the stunning setting, the vineyards and vibrant landscapes that perfectly capture the spirit of spring.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Although I’m not typically drawn to older movies, this 80s classic is definitely an exception. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who fakes being sick to enjoy a beautiful spring day. He spends the day exploring Chicago with his friends Cameron and Sloane, going on various adventures like attending a baseball game at Wrigley Field and having a fancy lunch. The humor really shines through in the ongoing game of cat and mouse between Ferris and his principal, Mr. Rooney, who’s determined to catch Ferris in the act of faking his illness.

Mean Girls (2004)

If you’re not familiar with the movie, it revolves around Cady Heron, a homeschooled teenager who enters a traditional high school for the first time after moving to a new town in Illinois. Surprisingly, she finds herself embraced by an exclusive clique known as “The Plastics,” led by Regina George, alongside Gretchen Wieners and Karen Smith. Although Cady never intended to become part of this group, she gradually starts adopting their behaviors the more time she spends with them. This movie always makes me think of spring because it features the Spring Fling event, which is a significant part of the school culture. The competition for the title of Spring Fling Queen is very serious, and the event becomes filled with dramatic and unexpected moments.

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