What Makes A Feel-Good Film Feel Good?

“Feel-good” movies often get dissed by film critics, but people still love to watch them.

Researchers from a few countries looked at romantic comedies and say, “In addition to the element of humor and the classic happy ending, feel-food films can be identified by certain recurring plot patterns and characters. Often these involve outsiders in search of true love, who have to prove themselves and fight against adverse circumstances, and who eventually find their role in the community.”

They add these films also usually include moments of drama that usually have a strong emotional effect on viewers. Researchers note that people often watch feel-good films to relax and lift their spirits.