"Some love stories aren't epic novels - some are short stories. But that doesn't make them any less filled with love," Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City once said. She has a point. Breakups are tough, regardless of how long the relationship lasted or why it ended. You need at least a few days to process what happened and find a way to move forward. For many, this means watching a bunch of therapeutic movies meant to guide you from denial to acceptance, one emotional scene at a time.
Everyone has their own coping mechanisms when going through a separation. Maybe you want to wallow in bed and cry your eyes out over some great comfort food. Or maybe you’re the type of person who immediately reactivates their Tinder profile and starts scouring for a rebound. Whatever the case, there’s a movie to inspire you along the way, and it's probably even streaming on Netflix. Don't worry, it's totally acceptible to Netflix and chill by yourself.
What it’s about: The movie centers around Sutton, a popular teenager who just got dumped. He meets a shy classmate after a wild party, and the two fall for each other as they plan for life after graduation.
At what point in your breakup to watch: When you are tired of being depressed and are ready to embrace whatever the future may bring. The movie is sweet and features a touching love story, but it’s also about how sometimes you can be your own worst enemy. The film also reminds us to make sure all of our "nows" amount to something. It will inspire you to finally get out of bed.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%
What it’s about: This teen romance follows high school junior Lara Jean, who fakes a relationship with one of her classmates in order to hide the fact that she has a crush on her sister’s boyfriend.
At what point in your breakup to watch: When you’re thinking up schemes to make your ex jealous. The effort isn’t usually worth it, but orchestrating an elaborate fake relationship can lead to amazing opportunities. Case in point.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
What it’s about: This charming rom-com is all about a young woman, Violet, whose confidence is depleted after a drunken hair mishap and a breakup. As a result, she has to learn how to move forward and boost her self-esteem.
At what point in your breakup to watch: When you’re ready to move on and find happiness again. Or when you're contemplating a hasty makeover. Whichever comes first.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%
What it’s about: Mamma Mia! takes place on an idyllic Greek island where Donna, an independent hotelier, is getting ready for her daughter’s wedding. She doesn’t know the young bride reached out to three men from Donna’s past and invited them to the wedding in order to figure one which of them is her real father.
At what point in your breakup to watch: Whenever you need a joyous pick-me-up. It’s been scientifically proven you can’t stay sad while watching this delightful musical.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 55%