2 Movies To Help You Recover From The Holidays

The right movie can wipe the presents and mistletoe from your mind.

This is Day 11 of The Establishment’s 12 Days of Holiday Self-Care series. You can read Day 1 here, Day 2 here, Day 3 here, Day 4 here, Day 5 here, Day 6 here, Day 7 here, Day 8 here, Day 9 here, and Day 10 here, and Day 11 here.

UGH, enough of all this holiday mumbo jumbo already! If you are as done with the holidays as I am, you probably are in need of a palate cleanser. Might I suggest two hours of escape? Movies are a great way to wipe the presents and mistletoe from your mind . . . but it needs to be the right movie.

Here are the makings of a good holiday recovery movie:

  1. It must have nothing to do with the holidays. This should be obvious.
  2. It shouldn’t be sad. The holidays are depressing enough as it is.
  3. It shouldn’t be too romantic. If you were feeling lonely this holiday season, let’s pretend we live in a world not defined by capitalist patriarchal romantic ideals and where kissing is gross.
  4. It should be lighthearted. It’s too cold and dark outside to contemplate the meaning of life over an obscure French film.

With those ground rules established, you have thousands of films to choose from. But if you need a little more help, here are my top two choices for films to shove all the jingle bells out of your brain:

‘Kung Fu Hustle’

This Steven Chow classic kung-fu parody is perfect for anytime you want to be thinking about something other than what’s going on in your life. Kung Fu Hustle has action, laughs, and the absolute silliness required of any holiday recovery film. This movie has offered the Oluo siblings relief from illness, divorce, and depression. For a few years, we shared one DVD of this film (we were poor) and we transported it back and forth between households as needed. Yes, some of you Chow fans may have other brilliant films of his that you like better, but I defy you to find one that does such a perfect job at cheering you up.

‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’

No really, I’m serious. This movie will take you back to the early ’90s in the best way. I just introduced my 8-year-old son to this classic and I must say, it holds up. The giant ant is still adorable and that giant cookie still looks delicious. It’s fun to spend some time back in the age where we believed in shrink rays and Rick Moranis, where grownups got it all wrong and teenagers got it all right.

Honorable mentions. Because a listicle of only two things is pretty sad: Ghostbusters, This is Spinal Tap, Dr. Strangelove, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Bourne Identity, Smoke, Con Air, The Princess Bride, Labyrinth, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Trading Places, The Gods Must Be Crazy

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