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Feel-Good Movies to Stream

By Sharon Weinberg

Enjoy some upbeat movie suggestions that you can watch via our streaming platforms Hoopla or Kanopy.

  • 13 Going on 30

    2004

    Jennifer Garner is so darn likeable as she channels her inner 13-year-old for a fantastical story about wishes and second chances. Plus, it is fun to see Mark Ruffalo before he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Hulk. Available from Hoopla.

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  • Amélie

    2002

    A shy waitress decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, albeit anonymously. Yes, it is in French with English subtitles but I guarantee that you won't notice after a few minutes. You'll fall under the charm of all things Audrey Tautou. Available from Hoopla.

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  • Emma

    1996

    Which movie Emma do you like best? This version stars Gwyneth Paltrow as the meddling matchmaker. Have a Jane Austen inspired movie night and cast your vote! Available from Hoopla.

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  • Hearts Beat Loud

    2019

    For independent film fans, a sweet father-daughter dramedy with Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) as a dad who wants a career in music and his daughter who could help him with that, if she doesn't leave for college. Feel the good vibrations. Available from Hoopla and Kanopy.

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  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    2018

    From New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi, a hilarious coming-of-age tale with plenty of ridiculousness that oddly rings true. File under quirky escapism. Available from Hoopla and Kanopy.

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  • Lu over the wall

    2018

    If you like mermaid folklore and anime don’t miss the cheerful music-loving mergirl Lu and her catchy dance moves. Throw in one melancholy teenager tunesmith as well as an ancient village superstition and you have a new twist on a classic fairytale. In Japanese with English subtitles. Available from Hoopla.

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  • Presenting Princess Shaw

    2018

    Sometimes a documentary shows that dreams do come true. Case in point: Samantha “Princess Shaw” Montgomery and her beautiful voice. Available from Kanopy.

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  • The Sting

    1973

    Lose yourself in 1930s Chicago, as Redford and Newman pull off the ultimate con in a film that easily has one of most satisfying endings in cinematic history. Available from Hoopla.

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