Lightweight movies

by mayatitan | created - 03 Mar 2013 | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public

List of light (not necessarily heart-warmed or funny) movies but not the stupid ones!

Movies with the low cognitive load.

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1. Show Me Love (1998)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg, Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust

Votes: 47,748 | Gross: $0.17M

2. Ponyo (2008)

G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

86 Metascore

A five-year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a young goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Tomoko Yamaguchi

Votes: 109,154 | Gross: $15.09M

3. The Cat Returns (2002)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

After helping a cat, a 17-year-old girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.

Director: Hiroyuki Morita | Stars: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda, Takayuki Yamada

Votes: 40,071

4. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

77 Metascore

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 339,533 | Gross: $20.05M

5. Old School (2003)

R | 88 min | Comedy

54 Metascore

Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, Jeremy Piven

Votes: 205,396 | Gross: $75.59M

6. Attack the Block (2011)

R | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.

Director: Joe Cornish | Stars: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail, Leeon Jones

Votes: 94,661 | Gross: $1.02M

7. Only Yesterday (1991)

PG | 118 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A twenty-seven-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Miki Imai, Toshirô Yanagiba, Yoko Honna, Mayumi Izuka

Votes: 20,066 | Gross: $0.45M

8. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

67 Metascore

An I.R.S. auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah

Votes: 209,025 | Gross: $40.14M

9. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

83 Metascore

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

Votes: 101,460

10. Take Me Home Tonight (2011)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

42 Metascore

Four years after graduation, an awkward high school genius uses his sister's boyfriend's Labor Day party as the perfect opportunity to make his move on his high school crush.

Director: Michael Dowse | Stars: Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 49,093 | Gross: $6.92M

11. Lang leve de koningin (1995)

118 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A fairytale about a young girl who learns to play chess and at the same time finds her father.

Director: Esmé Lammers | Stars: Maya van den Broecke, Lisa De Rooy, Cas Enklaar, Derek de Lint

Votes: 983

12. Vitus (2006)

PG | 123 min | Drama, Music

63 Metascore

A twelve-year-old piano prodigy who suffocates from his parent's big dreams for him decides to make his escape--and with the aid of his grandfather--chase his own dreams instead.

Director: Fredi M. Murer | Stars: Fabrizio Borsani, Bruno Ganz, Teo Gheorghiu, Julika Jenkins

Votes: 4,537 | Gross: $0.19M

13. Rango (2011)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

75 Metascore

Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 218,851 | Gross: $123.48M

14. White Men Can't Jump (1992)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

65 Metascore

Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances of winning money on the street courts and in a basketball tournament.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez, Tyra Ferrell

Votes: 70,029 | Gross: $76.25M

15. Trouble with the Curve (2012)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Sport

58 Metascore

A daughter tries to remedy her dysfunctional relationship with her ailing father, a decorated baseball scout by helping him in a recruiting trip which could be his last.

Director: Robert Lorenz | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake

Votes: 56,677 | Gross: $35.76M

16. Evan Almighty (2007)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

37 Metascore

God contacts Congressman Evan Baxter and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, Johnny Simmons

Votes: 132,079 | Gross: $100.46M

17. Office Space (1999)

R | 89 min | Comedy

68 Metascore

Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

Director: Mike Judge | Stars: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu

Votes: 229,360 | Gross: $10.82M

18. Year One (2009)

PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy

34 Metascore

After being banished from their tribe, two hunter-gatherers encounter Biblical characters and eventually wind up in the city of Sodom.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Olivia Wilde, Oliver Platt

Votes: 87,084 | Gross: $43.34M

19. Lords of Dogtown (2005)

PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

56 Metascore

The film follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970's.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Heath Ledger, Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, Johnny Knoxville

Votes: 49,735 | Gross: $11.01M

20. Butter (2011)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

40 Metascore

In Iowa, an adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town's annual contest.

Director: Jim Field Smith | Stars: Jennifer Garner, Yara Shahidi, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde

Votes: 19,673 | Gross: $0.07M

21. Begin Again (II) (2013)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

62 Metascore

A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan, turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld

Votes: 131,702 | Gross: $16.17M

22. Superbad (2007)

R | 113 min | Comedy

76 Metascore

Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader

Votes: 489,578 | Gross: $121.46M

23. Monster Trucks (2016)

PG | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

41 Metascore

A young man working at a small town junkyard discovers and befriends a creature which feeds on oil being sought by a fracking company.

Director: Chris Wedge | Stars: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Thomas Lennon, Barry Pepper

Votes: 13,914 | Gross: $33.37M

24. Bad Teacher (2011)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

47 Metascore

A lazy, incompetent middle school teacher who hates her job, her students, and her co-workers is forced to return to teaching to make enough money for breast implants after her wealthy fiancé dumps her.

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch

Votes: 183,064 | Gross: $100.29M

25. The Layover (I) (2017)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

15 Metascore

Two friends on a road trip compete for the affections of a handsome man when their flight is redirected due to a hurricane.

Director: William H. Macy | Stars: Kate Upton, Alexandra Daddario, Matt Barr, Matt Jones

Votes: 10,721

26. American Ultra (2015)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

A stoner - who is in fact a government agent - is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he's too well-trained and too high for them to handle.

Director: Nima Nourizadeh | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo

Votes: 77,957 | Gross: $14.43M

27. Please Stand By (2017)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

49 Metascore

A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a "Star Trek" writing competition.

Director: Ben Lewin | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Alice Eve, Toni Collette, Lexi Aaron

Votes: 8,788 | Gross: $0.01M

28. Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller

28 Metascore

A small-town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.

Director: Michael Patrick Jann | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Ellen Barkin, Allison Janney

Votes: 30,754 | Gross: $10.56M

29. Bad Words (2013)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

A spelling bee loser sets out to exact revenge by finding a loophole and attempting to win as an adult.

Director: Jason Bateman | Stars: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Rohan Chand

Votes: 44,405 | Gross: $7.76M

30. Senseless (1998)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

36 Metascore

A student gets his senses enhanced by an experimental drug. But abuse is not an option.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Marlon Wayans, David Spade, Brad Dourif, Esther Scott

Votes: 13,417 | Gross: $13.04M

31. Private Benjamin (1980)

R | 109 min | Comedy, War

59 Metascore

A sheltered young high society woman joins the United States Army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.

Director: Howard Zieff | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante, Robert Webber

Votes: 21,931 | Gross: $69.85M

32. Meet Bill (2007)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

30 Metascore

A guy fed up with his job and married to a cheating wife reluctantly mentors a rebellious teen.

Directors: Bernie Goldmann, Melisa Wallack | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Alba, Logan Lerman, Elizabeth Banks

Votes: 18,955 | Gross: $0.06M

33. Midnight Runners (2017)

Not Rated | 109 min | Action, Comedy

Two friends who are students at Korean National Police University, find themselves in an endless race against time after they witness a kidnapping and decide to use their knowledge.

Director: Joo-hwan Kim | Stars: Seo-joon Park, Ha-Neul Kang, Ha-seon Park, Dong-il Sung

Votes: 3,207

34. Kodachrome (2017)

TV-MA | 105 min | Drama

57 Metascore

Set during the final days of the admired photo development system known as Kodachrome, a father and son hit the road in order to reach the Kansas photo lab before it closes its doors for good.

Director: Mark Raso | Stars: Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen, Bruce Greenwood

Votes: 9,192

35. American Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005 Video)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Music

Matt Stifler wants to be just like his big bro, making porn movies and having a good time in college. After sabotaging the school band, he gets sent to band camp where he really doesn't like it at first but then learns how to deal with the bandeez.

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Eugene Levy, Tad Hilgenbrink, Arielle Kebbel, Jason Earles

Votes: 64,455

36. A Bad Idea Gone Wrong (2017)

85 min | Comedy

Two would-be thieves forge a surprising relationship with an unexpected house-sitter when they accidentally trap themselves in a house they just broke into.

Director: Jason Headley | Stars: Matt Jones, Will Rogers, Sam Eidson, Jonny Mars

Votes: 904

37. Father of the Year (2018)

TV-14 | 94 min | Comedy

32 Metascore

Before NYC, college valedictorian Ben visits his trailer park loser dad. Same evening Ben argues with Larry about whose dad can kick the other dad's ass. Loser dad hears of this and tries to beat up doormat dad and chaos follows.

Director: Tyler Spindel | Stars: David Spade, Nat Faxon, Joey Bragg, Matt Shively

Votes: 8,102

38. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 2,134,710 | Gross: $28.34M

39. Larry Crowne (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

41 Metascore

After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.

Director: Tom Hanks | Stars: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Sarah Mahoney, Roxana Ortega

Votes: 59,675 | Gross: $35.61M

40. Bowfinger (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

71 Metascore

When a desperate movie producer fails to get a major star for his bargain basement film, he decides to shoot the film secretly around him.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski

Votes: 63,197 | Gross: $66.38M

41. Support the Girls (2018)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

The general manager at a highway-side ''sports bar with curves" has her incurable optimism and faith, in her girls, her customers, and herself, tested over the course of a long, strange day.

Director: Andrew Bujalski | Stars: Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, Dylan Gelula, Zoe Graham

Votes: 5,006 | Gross: $0.13M



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