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9 Of The Best Feel-Good Movies On Netflix NZ

By Morgan Reardon
9th Mar 2022

When your faith in humanity is yet to be restored, it means it’s time to throw your feet up and hit the best feel-good movies on Netflix.

To save you time in culling the white noise, we’ve put together a fool-proof guide to the movies guaranteed to treat your soul and sanity. Watching one of these movies will do the trick but if it tickles your fancy, bingeing through all of them will do you a world of good too.

Here are 9 of the best feel-good movies to watch on Netflix.

Moxie

Directed by Amy Poehler, Moxie is the kind of movie bound to lift your spirits. Vivian (Hadley Robinson), a seemingly shy 16-year-old, has always preferred to keep her head down and fly under the radar. But when the arrival of a new student (Alycia Pascual-Peña) forces her to examine the unchecked behaviour of her fellow students running rampant at her high school, Vivian realizes she’s fed up. Inspired by her mother’s (Amy Poehler) rebellious past, Vivian anonymously publishes an underground zine called Moxie to expose bias and wrongdoing in her high school and unexpectedly sparks a movement. Watch it here.

The Fundamentals Of Caring

Based on the novel by Jonathan Evison and written, directed and produced by Rob Burnett, The Fundamentals of Caring stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, Megan Ferguson and Frederick Weller. The film follows the story of Ben, a retired writer who becomes a caregiver after suffering a personal tragedy. After six weeks of training, Ben meets his first client, Trevor, a foul-mouthed 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. One paralyzed emotionally, one paralyzed physically, Ben and Trevor take an impromptu road trip to all the places Trevor has become obsessed with while watching the local news, including their holy grail: the World's Deepest Pit. Watch it here.

Dating Amber

Dating Amber is the kind of feel-good Netflix movie you'll be pleasantly surprised with. Set in Ireland during the mid-90s, Eddie and Amber decide to stage a relationship together to stop the speculation about their sexuality. It's a celebration of platonic friendship and a coming-of-age comedy that will surely restore your faith in humanity. Watch it here.

Eurovision

It’s not hard to realise why Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga is a glorious success. Written by Will Ferrell, the comedy follows aspiring Icelandic musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) who are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at Eurovision and from here — the Eurovision cameos and references literally spiral out of control.

The Wedding Singer

Say what you want about Adam Sandler’s recent movies (Uncut Gems aside), but you cannot deny that The Wedding Singer will never get old and always leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it follows wedding singer Robbie (Adam Sandler), who after being ditched by his fiancée, befriends waitress Julia (Drew Barrymore) and helps her plan her wedding… only to fall in love with her. We could, and have, watched this on repeat. 

Coach Carter

When Coach Ken Carter (played by Samuel L Jackson) is hired as a basketball coach for a school in a notoriously tough part of town he causes a serious stir with teachers, parents and players, with his "controversial" coaching method—aka he wants them to do well on the court and in school. As the troubled teens begin to turn things around, they realise they're worth so much more than what society has led them to believe. Yes, there will be some tears with this one, but in the end, you’ll feel so much better for watching.

Mamma Mia!

Whether you’re a fan of ABBA or not, you’d be hard-pressed to get through this flick without cracking a serious smile. Set on the Greek island of Kalokairi, a single mum (played by queen Meryl Streep) has her idyllic life flipped upside down when her bride-to-be daughter (Amanda Seyfried) invites three of her mum’s ex-lovers to the wedding. Singalongs are highly encouraged. 

Someone Great

If you need a break from the seemingly dark world of Netflix right now, Someone Great is your fix for laughs, the reality of relationships and the beauty of amazing best friends. Extremely relatable, this hilarious film stars Gina Rodrigues as Jenny, an aspiring music journalist who has just landed her dream job across the country. Things fall through with her boyfriend of nine years which naturally means her two best friends rally together to give her a mammoth send off and hit one last adventure around the city for old time's sake. 

Dumplin’

Not only is Dumplin’ one of the best Netflix Originals, but it’s also one of the best feel-good movies you could treat your soul to. Dumplin’ (you know her as Aussie star Danielle Macdonald) is the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, played by Jennifer Aniston), who signs up for her mum’s pageant in protest. When this escalates and more contestants follow suit, the pageant and town it's based in, are slowly revolutionised.

 
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Image credit: Netflix

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