Two throw-back films to help stay positive and improve your mental health.


In these unprecedented times, it is safe to say that the mental health of many Bedfordians is suffering.

It is hard to think about our own mental well-being when we are concerned about loved ones and providing for those closest to us.

I hope that this article will inspire you to stay calm and remind you that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Many studies have proven that laughter and smiling reduces stress because when we do so our cortisol levels decrease.

So, I thought it would be a good idea to recommend a couple of comedy films to try and help lift spirits.

You can watch them by yourself, have a household movie night or watch them virtually with loved ones, whichever you choose I hope that you really allow yourself to lean in and become absorbed in these entertaining throw-back classics.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Director: John Hughes
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Ed Rooney, Jennifer Grey
Released: 1986
Rating: 15

This fast-paced classic promises to keep the watcher on their toes no matter how many times you have viewed it.

The storyline entails a witty teenager who vows to have the best day off ever, whilst skipping school with his girlfriend and best buddy.

The whole film has an underlying exciting tension of whether or not they will get caught and there is an undeniable ecstasy among all when they manage to dodge the bullet by a fraction or take their adventures to the next level.

Undoubtedly, the incredible casting of this film has ensured it stands the test of time.

Matthew Broderick played Ferris Bueller, and as a result of his performance in this role, he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy’.

The year after the release of this film Jennifer Grey, who played Ferris’ sister was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Actress in a Motion Picture’, due to her part in another esteemed film which I’m sure you will all recognise: ‘Dirty Dancing’.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is primarily a comedy, enhanced by Ferris’ breaking the fourth wall, it also tackles very real problems. Having to leave your friends to continue your life journey in other places, or the struggle of relationships within families, be that between a brother and sister or father and son.

Which, I believe, is especially relevant now we are being kept apart from those dearest to us.

Overall, the believability of certain scenes in this film is beside the point, if you want to have an enjoyable and thrilling experience you must allow yourselves to believe the unbelievable, as that is the essence and spirit of the film that the director and writer John Hughes really focused on.

I hope you all start singing “Oh Yeah” nostalgically whilst being lured into the 80s with Ferris as your guide.

The Truman Show

The Truman Show
Director: Peter Weir
Starring: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone
Released: 1998
Rating: PG

The concept behind this film deserves an award in itself. The seemingly normal protagonist Truman Burbank appears to have a perfect life, only he has been a part of a 24/7 reality TV show since birth and is entirely unaware of his life being a lie.

There are thousands of cameras that have been hidden across the fake town by the power-hungry producer of the show to keep Truman oblivious.

However, after a set light falls from the sky in front of Truman he becomes suspicious of his surroundings and the plot unfolds as he tries to escape.

Jim Carrey plays Truman and his natural comedic flair as an actor takes the humour of the film to the next level.

You can’t imagine the renowned phrase “Good morning, and in case I don’t see you- good afternoon, good evening and good night” coming from anyone else’s mouth.

At the 56th Golden Globe Awards it was nominated for six categories and won three, Jim Carry was awarded ‘Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama’, Ed Harris was awarded ‘Best Supporting Actor’ and Phillip Glass and Burkhard Dallwitz were awarded ‘Best Original Score’.

The director Peter Weir is renowned for being highly selective in the films that he decides to direct and he obviously saw the potential in this storyline by Andrew Niccol.

‘The Truman Show’ was not only a financial success but it has also been studied by many academics due to its relevance to topics such as existentialism, religion and more.

Therefore, this film may not only make you laugh but it can also stimulate your mind to be curious and view the world in a different way.

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