Needless to say, this isn't how anyone expected 2020 to go. With the cancellations of concerts, sporting events, movie releases and more as the country copes with the COVID-19 health crisis, millions of people are finding themselves social distancing at home, wondering what to do to make the circumstances more bearable. What better way to spend your time than with a hearty selection of titles to stream? Thankfully, Wonderwall.com has you covered: We've compiled a list of fun, feel-good movies and TV shows you can watch if you want to take your mind off current events. Let's kick things off with this animated family film… In hopes of giving people "some fun and joy during this challenging period," Disney explained, it released "Frozen II" on its Disney+ streaming service on March 15, 2020 — a full three months early. It might be the highest grossing animated movie of all time, but it's also a film with heart thanks to its beautiful themes about the importance of family and perseverance. Keep reading to see which other titles you should add to your watchlist…
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"School of Rock"
This glorious musical-comedy is guaranteed to make you smile. We have two words for you: Jack Black. From the catchy tunes ("Teacher's Pet" anyone?) in "School of Rock" to the (surprisingly) really musically gifted child actors, this movie is a joy to watch. Jack delivers a performance that is as hilarious as it is sincere. "School of Rock" is available to stream on Hulu.
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The question that still remains is, Are you Team Jess, Team Dean, or Team Logan? Quippy dialogue, great chemistry and primo love triangles… what more is there to ask for in a television show? Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham make for an incredibly endearing mother-daughter duo that you can't help but love. Also, "Gilmore Girls" is quintessentially '00s so prepare for some good ol' nostalgia. All seven seasons plus the incredibly divisive revival are available on Netflix.
The premise is quirky and unconventional, and that's why we love it. A rat with dreams of becoming a Michelin-star chef? Count us in. "Ratatouille" is a fantastic film that's basically a metaphor for the importance of giving people a chance. Sure, you've got preconceived notions, but putting those aside is what matters. Plus the friendship that develops between characters Emile and Alfredo Linguini is adorable. "Ratatouille" is available to stream on Disney+.
If you want to cry happy tears, look no further. There is literally no better way to spend multiple one-hour-long intervals than by watching these wonderful human beings teach important lessons about practicing self-care — Tan, Jonathan, Karamo, Antoni and Bobby are the best friends we wish we had. "Queer Eye" and all four of its glorious, tear-jerking-in-the-best-way-possible seasons are available to stream on Netflix. There's also a bonus season of the series, "Queer Eye: We're in Japan!" which is just as adorable and heartwarming as the others.
"The Wedding Singer"
Please — you'd be lying if you said you don't know all the words to "Grow Old With You." Aside from that song being arguably one of the best ever made for a film (potential wedding song? check!), "The Wedding Singer" was the first of three glorious collaborations between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Filmed in the '90s but set in the '80s? This rom-com serves up two decades of nostalgia. Glen is so terrible he's actually kind of great, Robbie is a sweetheart you hope gets his act together, and Julia (Gulia) is the sweet girl next door for whom you want nothing but the best. Stream "The Wedding Singer" on Amazon Prime Video.
"What We Do in the Shadows"
The FX series "What We Do in the Shadows" (pictured) is a hilariously dark horror-comedy series that takes a look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of three vampires who've lived together in Staten Island for more than 100 years. It's a spinoff of the 2014 mockumentary movie of the same name that was written, directed and produced by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi (both also star in the film and cameo on the TV show, along with many other fun names). The film, which centers on a group of New Zealand vampires whose lives are chronicled by a documentary crew, is available to stream on Amazon Prime. The series is on Hulu. Bonus: If you like what you see, catch season 2, also on Hulu, when it debuts in mid-April 2020.
"Sleepless in Seattle"
This is a movie we'll likely be watching over and over again. "Sleepless in Seattle," which stars Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks — who, coincidentally, was (along with wife Rita Wilson) the first American celebrity to be diagnosed with COVID-19 in March 2020 — has to be one of the best romantic comedies we've ever seen. Maybe it's the way in which Ross Malinger nails his performance as a son concerned for his widowed father, or maybe it's the chemistry between Meg and Tom. Whatever the reasons, this film is worth all the rewatches. Seattle's never looked so beautiful, and we've never wanted so badly to fall in love via a late night radio show. "Sleepless in Seattle" is ready to be watched (and rewatched) on Disney+.
It's hard to pick our favorite Robin Williams film, but this one comes pretty close. "Mrs. Doubtfire" makes us nostalgic for the '90s — the comedy boasts strong performances from stars like Mara Wilson, Matthew Lawrence, Pierce Brosnan and the great Sally Field. The heart of this film though, is its star, Robin. His performance radiates charisma and it's hard not to smile during every scene he's in. It's remarkable, really, the way the late actor is able to reduce an audience to laughter. "Mrs. Doubtfire" is available to watch on Hulu.
You want nostalgia? We give you "PEN15." Let's face it, the name of the show alone is a total blast from the awkward past (write it down and see what word it resembles — then laugh like a junior high trickster). The series, which The Hollywood Reporter called "the R-rated side of middle school," literally gives you everything you could ever possibly dream of in a Y2K-set coming-of-age comedy series — butterfly hair clips! Bowl cuts! Lifehouse! It's so cringeworthy that it's actually pretty fantastic. Besides being expertly written, Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle — the show's creators and stars — are incredibly charismatic. "PEN15" and all of its nostalgic, heartfelt glory is available to stream on Hulu.
"10 Things I Hate About You"
This adaptation of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" is likely one of the best rom-coms of its time. Julia Stiles stars as a feminist, non-conformist teenager and Heath Ledger plays a not-so-unapproachable bad boy with a heart of gold. This is a fun one to watch — seeing the dynamic between the two romantic leads unfold is great. Co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is ridiculously endearing and Allison Janney, who plays the principal who has a penchant for writing adult fiction, delivers a hilarious side story. Quirky, fun and just downright funny, "10 Things I Hate About You" is a real late-'90s treat. Watch it now on Disney+.
"Lady Bird" is such a great film because it feels authentic to the coming-of-age experience. Aside from Saoirse Ronan being a superb actress who really encapsulates that rebellious teen spirit (circa 2002), it's the overall spirit of the film that makes it so good. From Lady Bird and Julie's (Beanie Feldstein) endearing obsession with the Dave Matthew Band's "Crash Into Me" to Kyle's (Timothée Chalamet) rant about how cellphones are really just government tracking devices to Christine's complicated relationship with her mom (Laurie Metcalf), the film has heart. Plus it was written and directed by Greta Gerwig. Need we say more? "Lady Bird" is available on Amazon Prime Video.
While "Lady Bird" is the film that put Greta Gerwig's name on the Hollywood map of must-watch new filmmakers, we'd be remiss not to mention the masterpiece that is "Frances Ha." Greta stars in the film — she co-wrote it with real-life love Noah Baumbach — that follows the life of 27-year-old Frances Halladay as she endures a quarter-life crisis. It's the kind of movie that doesn't necessarily have a plot yet still works in ways that even some plot-driven films don't. "Frances Ha" spends a lot of time with its leading lady, painting her in ways that feel close to home. At its core, it's about a woman in her 20s who's really just trying to figure it out. Greta makes for an incredibly endearing leading lady, quirks and all. This collab is available to watch on Netflix.
We are forever putting "aca" at the beginning of as many words as we can. Anna Kendrick stars in this musical romantic comedy about an aspiring DJ who joins an a capella group that is in serious need of revamping. While the romance between Anna and co-star Skylar Astin's characters is sweet, it's the commitment to girl power that makes this film so wonderful. Lighthearted, catchy and incredibly feel-good, it'll be hard not to tap your feet to this one. We also get to see a young(er) Ben Platt show off his serious vocal chops — it's no wonder he went on to star on Broadway. "Pitch Perfect" is aca-available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Bo Burnham wrote and directed this comedy that showcases the perilous reality of being a 13-year-old girl. Elsie Fisher stars as Kayla, an aspiring YouTuber, frequent Instagram user and socially awkward teen who's just weeks away from her eighth-grade graduation. Smart, clever and masterfully written, this is a heartfelt comedy that's surely worth all the hype. Find out for yourselves — "Eighth Grade" is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
"A Goofy Movie"
While we love Disney Princess films, there's something special about this animated Disney movie — namely that it's more a father-son story than anything else. Goofy wants desperately to spend time with his teenage son Max, so the two embark on a cross-country journey that — after a slew of mishaps — ends up leading them to the concert of the biggest pop star in the world. Aside from the fantastic original songs ("Eye to Eye" is certainly one of Disney's best), this movie is great because of its themes: It showcases the complexities of growing up and growing apart from your parents in such a relatable way. "A Goofy Movie" is available to stream on Disney+.
"The Mindy Project"
Mindy Kaling is everything. She's hilarious, has great comedic timing and has charisma in spades. "The Mindy Project" remains one of her best works yet — she created, starred in, co-produced and even wrote many of the comedy show's episodes. While the list of reasons to love this series is too long to summarize here, we'll leave you with just a few — the chemistry among the cast is phenomenal, the dialogue is really funny and it stars a successful, quirky and lovable woman of color. What more could you ask for? All four seasons of "The Mindy Project" are streaming now on Hulu.
Who's that girl… it's Jess! What is there to say about "New Girl" other than it should already be on your watchlist? The comedy series starring Zooey Deschanel is a show that packs a powerful punch — the writing is strong, the characters are distinct and the ways in which they interact with each other is comedy gold. It's one of those shows that you might not anticipate loving as much as you do and then suddenly, you've watched a full season in less than a week. Truthfully, it's hard not to fall in love with the roomies in Apartment 4D. Watch all seven seasons now on Netflix.
"I Love You Man"
If you put Jason Segel and Paul Rudd together in anything, really, you're bound to get something special. "I Love You Man" focuses on the power of friendship in a way that is as hilarious as it is heartfelt. This film will have you laughing from beginning to end — and we have Judd Apatow to thank for this iconic pairing. Watch the bromance unfold on Amazon Prime Video.
"The Big Sick"
This one will make you laugh probably as much as it'll make you cry, but we promise it'll be worth it. "The Big Sick" is inspired by the real-life love story of how Kumail Nanjiani and wife Emily Gordon (their screenplay earned an Oscar nomination), so it's no surprise that the "Silicon Valley" star delivered an exceptional performance in the movie alongside Zoe Kazan. "The Big Sick" hits differently than other romantic comedies in that it emphasizes the complexities of cross-cultural dating — a part of modern romance that isn't often portrayed in big-time Hollywood films. It's an honest and unique story, and the love between its two leads is so felt. Stream it now on YouTube.
A frantic need to partake in a night of teenage debauchery has never looked so relatable. What makes "Booksmart" so special is the fact that it takes the age-old story of having to have the best night of your life with your best friend before you both go off to college and turns it on its head. Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever make for charismatic leads who encapsulate cool, awkward teens in ways that feel authentic, and their dynamic together is pretty electric. This one is also worth the watch because it sees two teenage girls embarking on "the best night of their lives" when it's so often teenage boys who get to have all the fun in these movies. Watch "Booksmart" now on Hulu.
If you're in need of some guaranteed laughs and tons of '90s nostalgia, then look no further than a classic: "Friends." The ensemble cast is among television's most iconic — Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer were America's best friends back in the day. From the quippy jokes to the ever-compelling will-they-or-won't-they romances, "Friends" is a rewatch go-to. See all 10 series now on Amazon Prime Video. (They'll all be on HBO Max when the WarnerMedia streaming service launches in May 2020.)