5 Movies to Help Welcome Spring
If you’re from Wisconsin, you’ll know that the weather is all over the place this time of year. One minute, it’s snowing, the next it’s raining, then it’s sunny and ridiculously hot out, and then it is raining again. The past few days here on campus and in the greater Green Bay area have been dull, with grey clouds covering the sky and a gusty wind that chills the bones. It does not feel like spring, but rather a continuous loop of an ever-lasting winter. So, to help with our post-winter blues, I have compiled a list of five movies that are practically springtime in a bottle.
- 10 Things I Hate About You
Do I really even need to persuade anyone with this movie? I mean, it’s Heath Ledger for crying out loud. Loaded with other hit names such as Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Allison Janney, this movie involves a springtime ritual: prom. There is no high school without prom. It’s practically a rite of passage for every teenager, and with the exception of graduation, prom is one of the most important events in high school. This movie is also a perfect way to welcome the spring as it incorporates comedy, sarcasm, and that iconic serenading scene with the marching band.
2. Mamma Mia
I cannot leave this classic out of this lineup. Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, and Amanda Seyfried deliver with one of the best, and most memorable, musical movies of all time – even though Mamma Mia is technically not a musical (but given that these songs get stuck in your head, it’s a musical). The catchy tunes, the comedic plot, and the beauty of Greece make this movie one of the heavy hitters when bringing in the spring as it brings a breath of fresh air to season that is full of nothing but that.
One of the more modern movies on our list, Dumplin’ is Texas’s pride and joy. While this movie offers all of the shine and glitter surrounding beauty pageants and Drag Queens, the movie’s main focus revolves around body positivity, finding meaning within yourself, and healing from the recent death of a loved-one. Guaranteed to make you cry, laugh, and smile, this Netflix original is one of the best movies to welcome spring with as it centers around healing, something Spring is known for.
4. A League of Their Own
This movie is packed with powerhouses. Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, and Tom Hanks star in this 1940’s inspired movie about the All-American Girl’s Professional Baseball League. If you’re in need of a baseball fix with a taste of emerging feminism and girls’ sports, then this movie is perfect to help you welcome spring. Plus, it offers a little slice of Wisconsin history as the Racine Belles and Kenosha Comets were actual teams that played for the league during the 1940-50s.
5. Sixteen Candles
I would be a horrible person if I failed to include a movie that stars the Queen of Cult Classics. Molly Ringwald is a household name at this point, and while The Breakfast Club almost made this list, Sixteen Candles takes the cake as this movie has almost everything that inspires a spring-like feeling. The comedy, the bright colors that belong in the ’80s, a school dance, the romance, and Anthony Michael Hall. Everything about this movie screams spring.