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Blog: Top Films to Watch When Sick

Being sick sucks. Sure, you get to miss school, but that means make-up work, and yeah, you get to stay in bed all day but, boy that gets old quickly. So when the stomach-stirring, head-flushing, fever-inducing flu that is currently sweeping the school catches up with you, use this list as a guide to fight boredom.

Anything Disney

Disney is the comfort food of film. When you are sick you have a free pass to indulge in
the movies of your past, whether it be “Rugrats in Paris” or “The Cheetah Girls,” nothing makes you feel better than getting a little closer to your roots. I personally like to take a walk down memory lane with the Greek Gods and Goddesses and a little Danny DeVito magic with “Hercules.” Other wonderful Disney films include the severely underrated “Lilo and Stitch” or the very touching yet subtly sad “Fox and the Hound.”

“10 Things I Hate About You” (1999)

Rom-Coms are a staple in any sick student’s movie marathon. When in doubt I always go with my personal favorite teen comedy, “10 Things I Hate About You.” Based on
Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” “10 Things” gives the Bard’s classic comedy a 90s twist. The film’s highlights include an amazing cast (Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Allison Janney to name a few), an intense 90s soundtrack and even some classic lines from Shakespeare’s original play.

“Moonrise Kingdom” (2012)

The year is 1965 and two 12-year-olds have decided to run away together, sending the island of Penzance into turmoil. As officials try to find the children, the storm of the century is brewing just off shore, preparing to strike in two-days time. Directed by the always whimsical and ethereal Wes Anderson, this film has an incredible way of transporting you into a summer camp in the 60s yet still addressing the human condition.

“500 Days of Summer” (2009)

What could cure you quicker than a visit from Dr. Joseph Gordon-Levitt? JoGo plays Tom, a young greeting card writer whose life does a double take when he meets the new office assistant, Summer (Zooey Deschanel). The film tells the story of Tom’s 500 day romance with Summer — from the first day they meet to the day he finally gets over their break-up. With its upbeat soundtrack, stellar cast and witty dialogue this indie hit is an instant cure to any bedsick blues.

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Zoe Brian is a senior in her seventh semester on the Harbinger and is the assistant editor of online. She can often be found reading, spending time with her dogs and listening to vinyl records. Her frequent haunts include the J-Room, book-stores, local theaters and Wayside Waifs, a local animal shelter. Read Full »

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