Sick-Day Movies

A League of Their OwnSick-day movies are those movies you need to watch when you’re curled up under a blanket, drinking chicken soup, and going through Kleenex like it’s going out of style. The movies you’ve seen so many times that it’s ok if you doze off a little bit. The movies that make you the happiest. Everyone has their sick-day movie. My Mom’s sick-day movie is Cry-Baby (or anything with Johnny Depp, really). Mike‘s is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Mine happens to be A League of Their Own.

I thought it’d be appropriate to write about the best sick-day movies ever since two of the MovieSnobs were in a minor car accident this week, and my Mom has a vicious cold. Other than A League of Their Own, here are the best sick-day movies ever, and why:

1. The Princess Bride – The Fire Swap, rodents of unusual size, “As you wish,” and “Have fun storming the castle!” Not to mention “My name is Inigo Montoya…You killed my father…Prepare to die.”

2. DogmaBen Affleck & Matt Damon as angels, Chris Rock as the 13th Apostle, Alan Rickman as the voice of God, and Jason Lee as a demon.

3. ET – Come on…it’s ET. Eliot, ET phone home, Drew Barrymore as Gertie, ET dressed as a ghost, and Reese’s Pieces.

4. The GooniesThe Truffle Shuffle, “booty” traps, “Hey you guys….”, and One-Eyed Willie.

5. The Breakfast Club – a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal

6. The Sandlot – Smalls, the Great Bambino, “For-ev-er,” the Beast, and Wendy Peffercorn.

Did I miss your favorite? Add it in the comments.


  1. Sam on said:

    My sick day movie would have to be 28 days or 12 monkeys!

  2. BeciBoop on said:

    There are only 2 words which matter when talking about sick days: Disney Marathon. And I’m not talking Pirates of the Caribbean or anything like that: Bambi, Dumbo, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella. Anything with bad animation that will make me cry.
    And it may be an English thing, but whenever I was ill as a kid, mum used to put on a film called “Snoopy Come Home”, part of the Peanuts cartoon series. Always makes me cry, even now!!

  3. Dana on said:

    DOGMA???? Seriously?

    On my sick days I want something I don’t have to think about. Obviously The Princess Bride is the cream of the crop for sick days….but how could you NOT mention Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?

    Other non brain drain flicks are Space Balls, Liar Liar, Office Space and Blazing Saddles. (Or pretty much any Mel Brooks flick.)

    But for MY money, you can’t beat Big Trouble in Little China or Flash Gordon (the crappy 80s version)…no thought and lots of camp to make you smile.

  4. Katy on said:

    Once Jerry Orbach left (and then he passed), I simply could not watch the new episodes.They just weren’t the same. I agree with you about the marathons! The marathons (of all three shows) are the best!!!

  5. Christine on said:

    Dirty Dancing…good one. My sick-day TV shows are TNT all day long – two hours of ER, two hours of Judging Amy, and two hours of Law & Order (with Jerry Orbach, of course).

  6. Katy on said:

    Plus, I’m an oddball in the fact that I mostly watch talk shows when I’m home sick. Maury Povich, Jerry Springer. I get a huge kick out of it.

  7. Katy on said:

    Dirty Dancing. I’ve seen that way too many times. Mind you, I was only 10 when the movie came out, so by those standards, it was pretty risque at the time. Nevertheless, it’s got it all! Bumping and grinding. “I carried a watermelon.” Patrick Swayze telling the king, himself, Jerry Orbach, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” Classic!


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