3 Strange Feel-Good Movies on Netflix

By Lucas Vandergriff

Have you ever watched a movie that you really like, but it is really weird? The kind of movie that makes you feel good inside, but is so unconventional that you’re not sure other people would really like it? In a way, it’s kind of like music. You have some music you really like but other people think are just plain weird. Both music and movies can fit into the same concept. With that said, here are three weird-but-likeable movies that may not work for everyone but are ready for you to check out if you are brave enough.

Frank (2014)

Rated R (Viewer Discretion Advised)

Frank is probably the hardest film that I have ever watched, and to describe it to someone who has never watched it proves almost impossible. I was initially attracted to “Frank” by its strange and wacky trailer that promised some bizarre comedy. It didn’t disappoint. Be warned: during the last portion of the film there is a massive shift in tone. It could have been jarring for the viewer, but it was delivered in such a way that it seemed natural. I don’t think that “Frank” will make anywhere near as much money as it cost to make, but I do believe it will linger in the memory of those who watch it and eventually become a cult classic.

The Commitments (1991)

Rated R (Viewer Discretion Advised)

Jimmy Rabbitte is a working-class Dublin lad who’s been collecting unemployment benefits for two years. But he dreams of bigger things: namely, making it big in the music industry. He sets out to form a soul band, and he assembles a motley crew of musicians and singers, most of whom don’t know each other and can’t stand each other.

The look of the film is gritty and realistic ─ nothing is glossed over. North Dublin is presented in all it’s glory, or lack thereof. The home lives of the band members are depicted warts and all ─ their private lives set the scene for the inevitable personality clashes that are almost as explosive as the music. However, the real star of the film is not the people but the music: this film put out two successful soundtrack albums. The band members were cast due to their musical ability, and the results are incredible. Personally, I believe that the stand out is Andrew Strong as Deco ─ who was only 16 when the film was made! His amazing voice doesn’t match up with his tender years, and makes you wonder if he’s been smoking a packet a day since the age of about four. At the end of the day this is a fine ensemble piece, much like the band. The acting may be a little quirky at times, but the hysterical dialogue makes up for it.

Sing Street (2016)

Rated PG-13

You could say that this is a movie about forming a band. This genre of story, of artistic awakening, seems to be replayed quite often in British and Irish films like “The Commitments,” “Billy Elliott,” “The Full Monty,” and others. But those movies each had a unique wrinkle, and “Sing Street” does too. It’s the beautifully told story of the way that the inspiration of the best art is rarely an individual act of genius, but rather the result of a series of interconnected human emotions.

The film seems like it takes the cliché approach: the parents who sentence you to a horrible school; the girl who you long for that won’t give you the time of day; the other guys who join your band because they’re outcasts too; the brother who loves you too much, and is too angry at his own cowardice, to let you settle for less than your best. But trust me, it’s worth your time.


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