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Movie List: Friendship Prevails


Happy Eid to those celebrating! In between all the food consumed and money earned, let us not forget the actual point of this festive celebration, - to forgive and forget. Of course, most friendships lie upon this basis. So here are some movies for you to watch this holiday that will remind you of companionship and its worth. Ring your best friend afterwards, maybe?

Stand By Me
Based on the horror-master, Stephen King’s novel, ’The Body’, Stand by Me is a 1986  coming-of-age film. The story begins with Gordie Lachance reading a newspaper article about the death of his old friend. Following this, he starts to reminisce his childhood days of spending his time with his three good friends: Chris, Teddy and Vern. After hearing the news about a missing child in Castle Rock, the four young boys decide to embark on a journey to find the body of this particular child. The story unfolds as viewers are taken down the memory lane and witness the conflict and problems faced by these boys.

Toy Story
This story follows a suburban boy, Andy, whose toys are capable of moving and conversing when not in the presence of humans. Woody, who is seen as the leader of this group of toys, is a vintage cowboy figurine and is Andy’s favourite trinket. However, it all goes downhill when it is Andy’s birthday and he receives a new high-tech action figure named Buzz Lightyear. Due to its astonishing new features and characteristics, Buzz soon replaces Woody as Andy’s favourite. Jealous, Woody plots to eliminate Buzz but his plan proves too far when he accidentally kicks Buzz out of the window. Woody must now embark on a journey in order to save Buzz. As the story progresses, Woody and Buzz are able to set aside their differences in order to overcome the challenges that lie ahead of them. Their journey truly puts the worth of their friendship on the line and tests it to the fullest extent.

Bride Wars
Emma and Liv have been best friends ever since they were young and both had the same dream of getting married at the same location in the June. Both women become engaged at the age of 26 and are expected to be each other’s maid of honour. They both schedule their weddings with the most famous wedding planner in New York. However, after a slight glitch in the operation, their weddings are scheduled to be on the same day! Neither of them is willing to compromise, so a full frontal war erupts. Both parties start planning nonsensical acts and antics in order to destroy each other’s wedding day. Will Emma and Liv be able to forgo their ego and tolerate for the sake of their friendship, or will their relationship go down the drain?

The Fox and The Hound
A hound’s natural instinct is to track down foxes and a fox’s inborn tendency is to run away from a hound. Given these facts, how is it possible that a fox and a hound can become best friends? Well, watch this film and you will get the picture. ‘The Fox and the Hound’ is a 1981 animated drama film by Disney. It tells the story of a blooming friendship between Tod, the fox, and Copper, the hound. During their early years, Tod and Copper were oblivious of their ancestral family feud and were almost inseparable; not giving a care about the world. However, as they continue to age, their relationship is strained and they become distant towards one another. Will Tod and Copper be able to reconcile or will they continue this cold facade?

The Colour of Friendship
The Colour of Friendship is a movie that teaches us that friendship does not depend on skin colour nor racial content. This film, which is based on true events, centres around two entirely different types of girls; Piper, a black girl who lives in Washington, D.C. and Mahree, a white girl who lives in South Africa. One day, Mahree decides to move to America and ends up staying with an African-American family, who happens to be Piper’s family. Initially, Mahree was reluctant to stay there as she did not want to be associated with the ‘blacks’. However, Mahree starts to warm up to their culture and soon befriends Piper. They eventually become best friends and Mahree learns that skin colour does not define friendship.

Perks of Being a Wallflower
Perks of Being a Wallflower is coming-of-age comedy-drama movie, adapted from its 1999 novel of the same name. Charlie Kelmeckis is a depressed teenager, who feels troubled about fitting in with society. The only person he is able to associate with is his English teacher, Mr.Anderson. Charlie then meets two of his seniors, Sam and Patrick at a football game. They take a liking to Charlie and invite him to several social events. The three soon become good friends but after an awkward situation, Charlie distance himself from the group and drifts into depression again. However, after a quarrel, in which Charlie defends Sam and Patrick, the three reunite again. Through therapy appointments, Charlie manages to cure his depression and in the ending cutscene, the three drive off into the tunnel with Charlie exclaiming, “We are infinite”.

Beaches
The story centres around two girls, Cecilia Carol, “C.C”, and Hillary Whitney, who have cultivated an unbreakable bond for more than three decades. As the title suggests, the two girls met at a beach in New Jersey in the year 1958. They soon became good friends and frequently write letters of support to one another. Fast forward 30 years into the future, they have both blossomed into fine women. C.C is now an actress and a singer while Hillary works as a human rights lawyer. Hillary eventually moves in with C.C in New York and gets a job at the American Civil Liberties Union. The story further progresses as problems arise and it is up to the two women to face these challenges together.

Mean Girls
Perhaps one of the most well-known entries in our list, Mean Girls is a 2004 chick-flick film which stars Lindsay Lohan. Cady Heron is a young teenage girl who has been homeschooled in Africa for as long as she can remember. So madness is only expected when she enrols into a public high school for the very first time. Cady is overwhelmed by this foreign setting but soon befriends her rather unusual classmates, Janis and Damian. They guide Cady through the school’s system and warn her to avoid “The Plastics”, the school’s most snobbish clique. However, much to Cady’s dismay, the leader of The Plastics, Regina George, takes a liking to her and invites her to join their group. Initially, Cady agrees to join her group because Janis encourages her to do so in order to sabotage Regina George from the inside. However, as Cady becomes more involved with The Plastics, she slowly turns into one of them. Will Cady be able to return to her normal self or will she stay a full-fledged Plastic forever?

Aquamarine
Best friends, Claire and Hailey, are heartbroken when they receive news that Hailey will be moving to Australia in five days due to her mother’s job transfer. One stormy night, the two girls wish for a miracle, so that Hailey wouldn’t need to move and they would be together forever. Suddenly, a mermaid appears in their pool and declares that she is on a quest for love. The mermaid, Aquamarine, tells Claire and Hailey that if they can help her to find true love, they would be granted a wish. The girls immediately agree and introduces Aquamarine to a charmingly handsome guy, Raymond. With the peculiar assistance given by Claire and Hailey, Aquamarine’s conquest in seeking love begins, but will she ever succeed in alluring her prince charming?

Clueless
Cher is your typical all-star American girl who is wealthy, popular and attractive. Her best friend, Dionne, also holds the same standing with Cher as she is rich and gorgeous too. Cher likes to spend most of her time in correcting and helping others to become better in the way she deems is right. Amongst her many projects that she has taken on, one of them is matchmaking two of her lonely single school teacher’s together. Other than that, Cher also decides to help up a tragically unfashionable girl, Tai, to become more presentable by giving her a makeover and helping her to gain popularity. Watch the story unfold as the unusual friendship of Cher, Dionne and Tai takes place and triggers love sequences.

Thank you.

By: Alicia Koh and Michellejeet 


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