ByShane Allen Kell, writer at
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Shane Allen Kell

Movies capture every emotion that the human body can comprehend and can sometimes project that emotion onto the audience. Film can be a huge influence on one's life. They can make you cry, laugh, cringe, smile, and hopefully help pick someone up while they are down. Here are 5 films that might just get you through heartbreak, mental illness, academic struggles, and loneliness.

1. The Art of Getting By

The Art of Getting By is a 2011 film that stars Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel) and Emma Roberts. The story follows George (Freddie Highmore) who is an isolated and overly realistic minded teen who has made it to his senior year of high school without doing any real work. George sees life as a pointless illusion and doesn't see the point of anything. As he continues to flunk out of school and live his isolated lifestyle, he then meets a classmate of his named Sally (Emma Roberts). As he gets closer to Sally and even closer to graduation, George finally begins to see the light of life. He begins to finally find himself and find his purpose in the world. The Art of Getting By is an incredible coming of age story that is especially aimed at teens struggling in school due to their own personal problems.

2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is an incredibly underrated piece of cinematic art. It stars Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet with, at the time, young up and coming stars such as Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, and Elijah Wood. It follows a character played by Jim Carrey who gives a very different type of performance than we are used to seeing him give. His character is a depressed, shy, and lonely man who is desperate to get over his ex played by Kate Winslet. He soon discovers that there is a procedure he can get done to remove every memory he has ever experienced of his ex, but there's just one catch... He has to experience all of those memories one more time in order to get rid of them forever. As he relives these memories he begins to wonder if he still wants to give up these wonderful moments in his life that he actually truly cherishes.

3. Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook is a David O. Russell film that stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It follows Pat (Bradley Cooper) as he is released from a mental institution after nearly beating a man to death. When Pat is released he moves in with his parents and seeks help in therapy only to realize that he suffers from bipolar disorder. He is then connected to his friend's sister-in-law (Jennifer Lawrence) who suffers from the same mental disease.

4. Safelight

Safelight is a boy meets girl story, but not your typical one. Charles (Evan Peters) is a shy and lonely 17 year old boy who works at a local truck stop in order to care for his dying father. Charles falls in love with a troubled 18 year old prostitute Vicki (Juno Temple) who gives Charles the light in his life that he's always needed. He also has a passion for photography and dreams of hitting the road and taking pictures of lighthouses along the California coast. Vicki then makes that dream come true and joins Charles on his adventure as they dive deeper into one another's personal life stories and discover each others flaws and goals.

5. Her

Her is a 2013 film that stars Joaquin Pheonix, Amy Adams, and the voice talent of Scarlett Johansson. It follows Theodore, a depressed and lonely writer who is still mourning over his divorce until he finds love in an unexpected place: his computer. The film is set a bit further in the the future where the first artificial intelligence operating system has been released. When you purchase the system you get to pick out whether you prefer a male or female voice and that's when Theo meets Samantha (voiced by Johansson). As time goes on, Samantha learns more and more about life and begins to feel human even though she does not have a physical form. Theo then begins to fall in love with Samantha even though there is only a voice and personality to love. The film is basically about dating a very intelligent version of IPhone's Siri. It is beautifully shot and is very heartwarming, but can also be sad at times. I definitely recommend it to anyone going through a breakup or that is just simply feeling alone.

What are some films you guys watch to brighten up your day? Lets get a conversation going in the comment section below!


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