The Best Movies For a Hangover

There are many strategies to surviving a hangover: find and devour satisfying food, remain horizontal for the majority of the day, avoid bright light, to name a few. Among the most fulfilling things you can do to counteract a killer hangover is watch a movie. Wrapped up in your coziest digs, warm in bed, watching a movie can be one of the best hangover cures out there.

A great way to pass the time and escape the horrors of your current reality, we highly suggest this hangover recovery activity no matter the degree of your suffering. It is important, however, to choose wisely when it comes to film selection. What may be your favorite sober movie could set a disastrous downward spiral into motion, sending you deeper into the inevitable depression that comes along with being hungover. Fear not! We’re here to help you in the selection process.

Movies to Avoid When Hungover

Before we get to the best in post-hammered cinema, let’s talk about what to avoid when choosing a hangover flick. Do not, under any circumstances, watch a movie that contains any of the following plots:

- Party Movies – usually a hilarious way to live vicariously through someone else’s drunk adventure, watching movies that include party scenes are a surefire way to turn your stomach. One look at Jonah Hill’s laundry-blue tinted mouth full-o-beer in Superbad will almost definitely send you over the edge.

- Complicated Movies – twists and turns can be the most exciting and interesting parts of a movie when you’re feeling good. When hungover, avoid any movie that makes you think harder than “ginger ale or gatorade?”. You’ve already been nursing the aspirin bottle all morning. If you choose to challenge yourself to figure out what the hell is really in the box at the end of Seven, you’re running the risk of legitimate brain explosion. The simpler the better.

- War Movies – often times hard enough to watch on your best day, war movies are straight up brutal when you’re hungover. Not only are the characters out there serving their country, being all “America’s finest”, which can make you feel like more of a loser, but the gore factor is dangerous territory. The only blood you’re going to want to see on a caveday is the delicious cooked kind dripping from your medium-rare cheeseburger.

- Movies with a Homeless Protagonist – Do not, we repeat, DO NOT, make the mistake of choosing one of these Debbie Downers when hungover. Chances are, you already feel shitty enough. You’re struggling. Press play on Basketball Diaries you’re pretty much asking for a meltdown.

We have determined the worst possible movie to watch when down-for-the-count: The Wrestler. Talk about a “feel awful” movie experience. Mickey Rourke’s character is so broken, so busted, drunk, high, down and out, viewing this when hungover will surely make you feel 100 times worse than you already do. Not to be a spoiler (let’s be honest, you’ve had a few years to catch up at this point, folks), but things don’t even remotely work out well in the end. Let’s be honest. The Wrestler is a great movie… to kill yourself to.

Hangover Movie Criteria

Alright. Now that you’re schooled in what not to watch when hungover, let’s talk about what we’re here to highlight – the best movies to watch when hungover. Qualifications for foolproof, good-time hungover movie enjoyment include:

- Movies You’ve Seen Before – a hangover is no time to try something new. You must rely on what you know to support you through this tumultuous time. Your go-to movies can build confidence, making you feel smart and comfortable in their familiarity. Sure, you’ve seen Karate Kid 6000 times. 6001 is most definitely the charm when you’re hungover.

- Comedies – the most lighthearted, hilarious flicks you can find will surely comfort you on a caveday. Laughter is medicine. As you purge the poor choices of last night, go ahead and laugh away your sorrows with a good old fashioned funny movie.

- Animated Movies – How can you go wrong here? You can’t. Kids’ movies are made to make you feel good, and they’re never going to push you over the edge in terms of being too sad or scary. Often times fantastical, kids’ movies are a great way to escape into another world for a couple of hours. You’re also most likely not making a huge time commitment with these films, so take advantage of your attention span mirroring that of a 5 year old and indulge in something silly and sweet.

Recommended Hangover Movies

Based on this criteria, we present to you, “The Four Horsemen of Hangover Movies”.

1. The Hangover – what a gift to hungover-kind. Hilarious at every turn, The Hangover reassures you that no matter how terrible you’re feeling in this hungover moment, it’s not nearly as bad as these guys have it. You can relate to their perils, yet feel proud that even though you left your cell phone in the cab on the way home, you still have all your teeth and the closest tiger is still safe at the zoo. Despite being sort of a movie about drinking, there are essentially no drinking scenes in the entire movie, so your gag reflex can relax.

2. Iron Man – this flick touches upon many of our good-choice criteria. Derived from a comic book, you can tap into your childhood while marveling (yup, we said it) at the coolest modern day special effects. The fast paced action will keep you occupied while the over the top nature of the plot, gadgets, and fight scenes won’t possibly make you feel like you’re inadequate; no one’s as smart as Tony Stark.

3. Monsters, Inc. – though probably not something you watched as a kid yourself, this movie is an amazing way to nestle into the comforts of childhood cinema. It’s stunning to watch, as is the trend with Pixar’s masterful films. It’s hilarious yet touching, super cute and completely imaginary, so you can truly escape real life for a bit. Relax and enjoy (and maybe check your closet real quick on your way back to the bed, just to be safe).

4. Big Trouble in Little China – martial arts movies have been proven to have a profound effect on the biochemistry of the human brain when undergoing alcohol processing. The cheesy action combined with unprecedented dorkiness is both entertaining and confidence-building. We conducted a double-blind case study testing this theory. A control group was compared to subjects who had watched various martial arts movies during their hangover process. The results were profound. The most potent movie for hangover assistance turned out to be Big Trouble in Little China, the aka the “Godfather of Garbage”.

In conclusion, when you’re feeling like the sober world is crashing down around you, a movie can be a great way to check out and feel safe. By following our do’s and don’ts you’re sure to have a pleasurable viewing experience. Prep something tasty, prop up a few extra pillows and let yourself be immersed in a blissful, semi-comatose viewing state of being.

Fashionable Full Length Coats

Whether leather, real fur or faux, cotton, cashmere, wool, silk or denim, the availability of full length coats for men and women is unending. It can be a trench coat, overcoat or topcoat, the wearer decides what he or she wants.

In the seventeenth, eighteenth and through part of the nineteenth century, women wore long dresses. They needed to have a long outer garment in order to protect their clothing from the elements.

In the 1960′s an updated version of this garment was renamed the Maxi and made from real or faux fur. It was created to cover the Maxi dresses and skirts that were also in fashion at that time.

The fabrics that are used can vary widely. Leather is used to make the trench coat or duster. Overcoats and topcoats are the newer full length coat usually made of cashmere and wool blends. The overcoat is worn for warmth the topcoat is also worn for warmth but lighter in weight.

Although it used to be worn for practicality, today it’s a fashion statement. Both men and women are thought to be sharp and cool, if they wear one, and particularly a trench coat.

The French Highwaymen’s coat was their trademark. Highwaymen preyed on rich travelers. Their garb was made from black denim and was constructed for easy movement, with a slit in the back and one on each side, buttons and braid decorated the sleeves.

Full length coats were immortalized in movies and TV by costuming their heroes in full length coats, and Cary Grant always appears to be wearing a black fabric topcoat.

Changeling – A Full Movie Review

Changeling is a heart wrenching tale of a mother who loses her only child to a corrupt government system. Director Clint Eastwood and actress Angelina Jolie have really outdone themselves in this harrowing roller coaster of a film. This film is basically a tale of government corruption. Jolie is a telephone operator who runs a roomful of women who operate switchboards. She literally does her job on roller skates. Anyway upon coming home one day, to her horror she finds her 8 year old son abducted. Local authorities assure her that they will find her son.

Five months later the police report that they’ve found her son. The only problem is: the boy isn’t hers. The boy’s schoolmates, teachers and dentist all agree that the boy isn’t Walter. Despite the evidence, the government doesn’t listen. The police quickly have her institutionalized for insanity. The immoral chief doctor of the psychiatric ward also plays along with the corrupt police’s plans.

Director Clint Eastwood claims this to be a true portrayal of the level of corruption in the government in 1928. In Changeling, director Eastwood uses the film to jab at the LAPD and the entire government’s structure.

So what can you expect from the film?

Well be prepared for a maddening, heart wrenching experience as you go to watch Changeling. The tale of a mother losing her child, being caught up in a corrupt government’s plans can be infuriating to watch. The movie is intense and mesmerizing. The story is told in a spellbinding fashion and Angelina Jolie’s acting is certainly top notch. The movie will surely not disappoint. It will take you from feeling the deepest primal love of a mother to the fury of injustice. The story involves a lot of fast paced action as we see the attempt to bring justice to order.

With all remake-of-a-remake Hollywood films lately, Changeling is truly a refreshing breath of fresh air. The story is original and unheard of before (and based on a true story), the acting is top notch and the movie is an amazing experience. Unlike other rehashed Hollywood films, this movie truly has that ‘special something’ that really makes a movie stand out.

It has that special attention to detail that shows you the movie was created with careful attention to detail, with artistic license, rather than just a film created for the purposes of earning money. Changeling is truly an amazing tale to follow that will have you holding your breath from start to finish. If you’re a movie fan, this is definitely a movie you don’t want to miss.