If movies were babies, then dramedies would be siamese twins. These are perfect to watch if you’re feeling a little blue. If you’re not in the mood for a straight-up comedy and a drama just feels too depressing, go with a dramedy. You’ll get a perfect mix of sometimes-life-sucks honesty and hopeful serendipity that just may coax a grin out of you, even on your worst days.
1. Stranger Than Fiction. Always my number one. Love every single performance in this one. Dustin Hoffman is hilarious, Emma Thompson is poignant, Queen Latifah is lovely, and Maggie Gyllenhaal is perfectly spicyand sarcastic. This is the perfect balance of funny and serious for Will Ferrel. You will not be disappointed.
2. Little Miss Sunshine. Abigail Breslin’s big dance obviously steals the show, but Steve Carrell as depressed uncle and Paul Dano as mute brother will have you chuckling all the way through.
3. Safety Not Guaranteed. I loved Aubrey Plaza from the first second I saw her on Parks and Rec. She and Mark Duplass will break your heart and make you laugh ’til you cry at the same time. The most impressive thing about this movie, though? You start the out 100% sure that time travel is impossible. Your suspension of disbelief is developed throughout the movied until, by the end, you really have no idea how the story will culminate. As a viewer, it’s a pretty fun ride.
4. Away We Go. Just the sight of John Krasinski with a beard should make you smile. With Allison Janney, Jim Gaffigan, and Maggie Gyllenhall alongside the leads, even the supporting characters will make you chuckle. Beware, though: opening scene could get a little awkward if you’re watching this with the fam.
5. It’s Kind of a Funny Story. If you’ve ever wondered whether Zach Galifianakis could pull off anything more serious than Alan from The Hangover, here’s your answer. That’s not to say his performance isn’t funny–it’s hilarious–it’s just also unexpectedly heart-warming. And pleasantly so.
Peace, love, and dramedies,