Sometimes I just need to balance it all out with material that is sweet, easy, simple and delightful. I don't mean mindless crap like reality TV, that is for when you really need to be in 'not thinking' mode (and yes, I go too there from time to time). I am talking about movies that are still interesting, insightful and definitely worthy of your time but they also don't require you to have the focus of a brain surgeon to enjoy. They are easy to digest, pleasurable to watch and will generally leave you with a feeling of pleasantness after they are finished. Kind of like Disney and Spielberg movies do.
Luckily, I have plenty of films just like this on my genre lists that are all 3 chilli peppers or more and are also most worthy of your viewing time. So if you want something simple and sweet, then look no further. Here is my top 20 'sweet and simple' film list that is guaranteed to leave you with all the warm and fuzzy feelings you will be able to handle. So grab your cuddly blanket, cosy slippers and a hot chocolate and strap in for some some super sweet movie feels.
1. Palmer - 3 Chilli Peppers
2. The Peanut Butter Falcon - 3.5 Chilli Peppers
3. Little Women - 5 Chilli Peppers
4. Hidden Figures - 4 Chilli Peppers
5. The Way, Way Back - 3.5 Chilli Peppers
6. Little Miss Sunshine - 4 Chilli Peppers
7. The Hunt for the Wilder People - 4 Chilli Peppers
8. The Grand Seduction - 3.5 Chilli Peppers
9. Enola Holmes - 3.5 Chilli Peppers
10. Stardust - 3.5 Chilli Peppers
11. The Lady in the Water - 3 Chilli Peppers
12. It's a Wonderful Life - 3.5 Chilli Peppers
INTERNATIONAL/ ART HOUSE:
13. Patti Cake$ - 3 Chilli Peppers
14. Kung Fu Hustle - 4 Chilli Peppers
15. Amelie - 4 Chilli Peppers
ROMANCE/ MATTERS OF THE HEART:
16. Under the Tuscan Sun - 3 Chilli Peppers
17. Shirley Valentine - 3 Chilli Peppers
18. Paddington 1 and 2 - 4 Chilli Peppers
19. Soul - 5 Chilli Peppers
20. The Little Prince - 3.5 Chilli Peppers
Release Date: 2021
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 111 mins
An American drama directed by Fisher Stevens, written by Cheryl Guerriero and released on Apple TV+ streaming services, Palmer delivers a simple story that offers just enough heart and honesty to not feel forced or cheesy. At it's centre, Palmer is all about people being given permission to just be themselves and it is delivered in the most touching way.
Eddie Palmer returns to his home town after a 12 year stint in jail. Staying with his grandmother and desperate to find a job and improve his station, Palmer attempts to walk a straight line. However, in a small town, people don't forget easily and he soon finds himself involved in the problems of others, especially his problematic neighbour and her flamboyant son Sam.
Touching is an understatement, this film is deeply moving and heartfelt. And although it isn't necessarily delivering anything new or original, what is lacks in artfulness and mastery it makes up for with good intentions and likeable characters.
Justin Timberlake proves that he can do a lot more than sing and dance by shining in his lead role as Eddie Palmer, and he is well supported by Juno Temple, June Squibb and Ryder Allen as the delightfully colourful character, Sam.
Make sure you have a tissue at the ready, this film will get to you.
FINAL SAY: I know you're mad at me. It's okay. I'd be mad at me too.
3 Chilli Peppers