Cold and flu season is upon us, and taking at least one sick day is probably unavoidable. If you do find yourself curled up under the blankets and nursing a cup of chicken noodle soup this winter then don’t resort to daytime TV to keep you company. Even when your brain feels like mush it deserves better entertainment than The People’s Court.
That said, if you’re feeling gross then it’s probably not the time to finally get around to watching Memento. What you need are movies that will soothe you; not judge you for dozing off halfway through them. The 12 movies on this list make for perfect sick-day viewing because each one of them is comfort food in film form — and that’s just what the doctor would order if they gave out movie prescriptions.
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are national treasures, and Sisters is a beautifully silly ode to their friendship. Watch as they throw a rager in this comedy that offers up just enough laughs to keep you engaged without demanding much from you energy wise.
Hey, you already feel like a zombie, so you might as well watch Woody Harrelson fight those undead buggers while he searches for Twinkies.
There’s never a bad time to watch Robin Williams’s classic film, but it’s especially comforting when you just want to watch a movie you’ve seen a dozen times already.
4. Bring It On
Enjoy the classic lines, the killer performances, and the amazing late ’90s music (and moves).
Scream is the rare slasher film that you can enjoy even when you’re battling a sinus headache. By now you know all of the twists, so you can just sit back and enjoy the meta coolness of it all.
6. Chicken Run/h4>
Watching this movie is like being wrapped in a cozy blanket full of chicken puns. It might make you a little bit guilty about eating your chicken noodle soup, but the gentle laughs it provides will have you feeling better in no time.
Grabbers is just pure, silly fun. You’re going to get aliens, drunken Irishmen, and a horror comedy that will keep you entertained even while you can’t stop coughing.
Reese Witherspoon remains utterly charming in this downright iconic comedy. Again, you know this one by heart, and that only makes it all the more appealing.
9. Men In Black
Some movies simply never get old, and Men In Black is one of them. Will Smith is at peak charm and Tommy Lee Jones is the calming presence you need in your life as you recoup from a cold.
It’s kooky and it’s spooky, and it’s also a macabre delight that will make you smile no matter how bad you feel.
Your day off will never be as epic as Ferris’, but that’s all the more reason to watch him have the best fake sick day ever.
12. Homeward Bound
Clear your sinuses with this childhood favorite. Hey, you’re going to have tissues by your side anyway, you might as well use them to dab your eyes during that Shadow scene.
No matter what kind of mood you’re in, your sick day will be vastly improved by one of these 12 films.