No more excuses, here are seven movies to motivate you in making things happen this 2015!
1. The Bucket List
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“What I can tell you for sure is that by any measure, Edward Cole lived more in his last days on Earth than most people manage to wring out of a lifetime.”
Two terminally ill patients from two different worlds decide to really live their life before they run out of time. Mechanic Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) and billionaire Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) became unlikely friends when the two shared a room in Edward’s hospital, as per his own rule: “two beds to a room, no exception.” With both of their clocks ticking, Carter and Edward travel the world with a goal to cross out all the items in their bucket list “before they kick the bucket.”
Watch this film to remind yourself that... it’s never too late to live and get the answers to those two questions: “Have you found joy in your life? Has your life brought joy to others?”
2. The Pursuit of Happyness
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“Don't ever let somebody tell you, you can't do something. Not even me... You got a dream, you gotta protect it.”
Nothing is going right for Chris Gardner (portrayed by Will Smith.) He’s struggling with selling portable bone-density scanners that doctors find too much of a luxury to buy, his wife has gotten fed up with their constant disagreements and has left him behind, and it doesn’t help that he only has exactly 21 dollars and 33 cents left in his bank account. And just when he thinks things can't get any worse, he and his son even end up homeless. Filled with a small amount of hope, he pursues his dream of becoming a stock broker to get them out of poverty. Chris determinedly signs up for retail banking company Dean Witter’s internship, even after finding out that he won't be paid for the first six months. With this being his one last shot at redeeming himself, will he finally be able to turn his life around when only one out of 20 interns will be chosen to be a part of the company?
Watch this film to remind yourself that... when you’re down in the dumps, remember, you have nowhere to go but up. Based on a true story, The Pursuit of Happyness is a solid example that dreams do come true. But it doesn’t come easy, you have to burn candles and go the extra mile to achieve it.
3. 200 Pounds Beauty
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“It's your show, do it for yourself. For nobody else, but yourself.”
Kang Hanna (Kim Ah Joong) works as a ghost singer for pop star Ammy. Singing behind the scenes due to her “fat and ugly” appearance, the beautiful-on-the-inside Hanna has never complained. Not until she overhears her producer, and one-sided love interest, Han Sang Jun (Joo Jin Mo) tell Ammy, “we’re just using her,” and harshly reminding her to “be nice” knowing that Ammy can’t live without Hanna’s voice. Brokenhearted, she seeks the help of a plastic surgeon to get revenge. A year after, she comes back as Jenny and auditions in Han Sang Jun’s recording company, even proclaiming that she’s no less than a “natural beauty.”
Watch this film and remind yourself that... sometimes to look forward, you also have to look back. We tend to forget why we started things in the first place, and even lose a part of our selves in the long run.
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“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.”
Fa Mulan is different from other young Chinese maidens. Still, determined to “bring honor” to her family, she does her best to look good in front of the matchmaker and possibly get a good husband for their household. But after failing terribly, she realizes that maybe she’s just not suited for the role.
Watch this film to remind yourself that... it’s okay to be different. And that you're never too old for a Disney classic.
5. Legally Blonde
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“You must always have faith in people. And most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself.”
Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) applies at Harvard Law School for all the wrong reasons. The living Barbie doll has followed her ex-boyfriend Warner (Matthew Davis) to make him realize that she’s first-lady material. But her plan backfires when law school turns out to be harder than she thought it would be. And it’s even more frustrating when no one in the school believes she could pass. Still, Elle picks herself back up, and is now on a mission to show Harvard Law School that she’s a blonde with beauty and brains.
Watch this film to remind yourself that... you can do anything if you set your mind into it. You can also never judge a woman by her hair color, like, never.
6. Charlie St. Cloud
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“You can’t put life on hold, Charlie, it doesn’t wait for you.”
A talented sailor with a scholarship grant to Stanford University, Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron) has a bright future ahead of him. However, going to school means leaving his precious brother Sam (Charlie Tahan) behind, prompting Charlie to make a promise to practice baseball every day with the younger St. Cloud before he goes to college. Their unbreakable bond takes a turn for the worst when Sam passes away in car accident on their way to Charlie’s graduation party. Still, what seems like the end of their brotherhood, is actually a start of a whole new relationship. Charlie can still see Sam’s spirit and vows to fulfill his promise to him. Five years later, he meets his highschool classmate Tess (Amanda Crew) now a female sailor, and slowly starts imagining the future he once left behind. But the more he goes back to the reality in front of him, the more his brother starts slipping away from him. Which path will Charlie choose?
Watch this film to remind yourself that... you can always start over and take chances. (And that Zac Efron is really hot, not that we need to remind you that.)
7. Yes Man
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“You’re dead Carl, you say no to life, and therefore, you’re not living.”
Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) only has “no” for an answer. Living with a predictable everyday routine, Carl has completely shut himself out from the world and its possibilities. But when his closed-off ways start putting a strain on his relationships and even costing him the love of his life, he decides that “maybe” it’s time to change. He then meets an old colleague who encourages him to join Terrence Bundley’s (Terence Stamp) motivational seminar that teaches participants to keep saying “yes” to life. After reevaluating his choices, he decides to take the plunge, and pledges to never say “no” again. Will saying “yes” really be better for Carl?
Watch this film and remind yourself that... the world is your playground. Don’t limit yourself with a “no,” but at the same time, weigh your decisions, and only say “yes, not because you have to, but because you know in your heart that you want to.”