Circuit Q&A: What’s Your Favorite Comfort Film?

As the year continues to bustle, as we head to the halfway mark to awards season, we sometimes need to take a step back from the mess. With new films emerging at the box office, it’s nice to take a breather and rewatch one of your favorite films. With a personal favorite also comes the comfort of the watch. Perhaps the undeniable charm and style of Penny Marshall‘s “Big” completely sticks with you.

Maybe some of your favorites aren’t exactly the ones you’d dub “comfort watches.” We get it. You’d like to leave “Carrie” for a different occasion, when you’re not trying to tap the hysteria. Comfort, after all, is the state of ease, physical or mental. Film, as we know it, can inspire this feeling. At the same time, what brings a viewer comfort is subjective. For that very reason, our individual tastes can spark nuanced discussion. Today at Awards Circuit, we ask you, the readers: what is your favorite comfort film?

The Shop Around the Corner (1940) Directed by Ernst Lubitsch Shown from left: James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan

Comfort is an individual thing.

Maybe it’s Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds.” After all, who can blame you for finding comfort in the scalpings of fictional nazis? Moreover, comfort may come in the form of timeless classic films. It may not be Christmas year-round but that doesn’t mean a viewing of Ernst Lubitsch’s “The Shop Around the Corner” is something unmerited. Jimmy Stewart realizing his pen pal was his quarrelsome co-worker (Margaret Sullavan) the whole time is truly an undying revelation. It makes you feel fuzzy about the turn of the film and that’s okay. You revisit these films to reimagine its relativity, its magic, and the things that make you feel jubilant. Maybe Charles Shyer’s “Father of the Bride” holds up to you as that ridiculously kooky film from your childhood your family watched every year. Indubitably, this would feel familiar and somewhat ingrained into your appreciation of the film. Nostalgia does wonders in cinema.

Whatever your choice of film, there’s the power of it to suspend you from reality and just unwind. Who are we to judge what that comfort in a film looks like to someone else? So for today, readers, sound off across social media platforms. Get some discussion cooking around your favorite comfort films and why you absolutely love revisiting them and how they make you feel!

What are some of your favorite comfort films? Do you have a film you revisit constantly? Let us know in the comments below!