"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.
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What it’s about: After a devastating breakup, Clementine undergoes a procedure that erases all memories of her former boyfriend Joel. When Joel finds out, he sets out to do the same.
At what point in your breakup to watch: When you’re in an agonizing amount of pain and believe you would be better off if you had never met your ex. The movie will help you understand why that likely isn't the case.Is this a comforting watch?
What it’s about: Meet Elle Woods, a young blonde woman who attends Harvard in order to get her ex-boyfriend back.
At what point in your breakup to watch: When you’re finally ready to move on and show your ex you’re living your best life.Is this a comforting watch?
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What it’s about: Scott Pilgrim, a guitarist in a garage rock band, falls for Ramona Flowers, a delivery girl. Unfortunately, he discovers she has a horde of ex-boyfriends who will stop at nothing to get him out of the picture. In order to date her, he has to defeat them all.
At what point in your breakup to watch: When you’re tired of feeling like your ex will always be part of your life. Exes can be overcome. It is proven.Is this a comforting watch?
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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.Is this a comforting watch?