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Here are 5 post-breakup films to aid you in moving on

By Mia Fulache Published Aug 19, 2022 8:57 pm

American singer Neil Sedaka was right when he said that breaking up is hard to do. Who would've imagined that your once "forever" person would turn into a complete stranger.

Still and all, we have to learn how to cope. Be it through retail therapy, listening to some songs that scream all your feels, or even picking up a new hobby. No matter what you do, nothing beats a good cry while watching sad (or even empowering) breakup movies, don't you think?

If you agreed to that, then prepare your snacks and tissues as PhilSTAR L!fe gives you movie recommendations to wallow in while you're in the process of healing. 

How To Be Single

Are there right and wrong ways to be single, particularly in New York City? In the 2016 film How To Be Single, Dakota Johnson's Alice, who has been seeing Nicholas Braun's Josh for a while, decides she wants to take a break and starts working as a paralegal in the bustling city of New York. Alice is encouraged by her coworker Robin, played by Rebel Wilson, to take advantage of her new romantic status in the city's booze- and bachelor-filled nightlife. 

As Alice once said, “The thing about being single is, you should cherish it. Because, in a week, or a lifetime, of being alone, you may only get one moment. One moment, when you're not tied up in a relationship with anyone.” 

Me Before You

Me Before You chronicles an unexpected love story between a caregiver and a paralyzed banker. The quirkiness of Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) rubs off on the scornful Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), as she looks after him as his caregiver. The banker’s pessimistic stance comes after being paralyzed from an accident two years before.

Lou and Will’s story will teach you that life is too short to spend in somber and should instead be lived with a fighting spirit that will allow you to enjoy every day with the people dearest to you.

La La Land 

Talk about bittersweet relationships, and the short-lived romance of La La Land's Mia and Sebastian will definitely top the list. The 2016 film follows Emma Stone's character Mia and Ryan Gosling's Sebastian as they struggle to pursue their respective dreams of becoming an actress and a jazz musician while trying to keep their flame burning. 

Singing, dancing, and colorful costumes aside, La La Land is known for giving fans, well, heartache especially in the last scene when they cross paths after deciding to go separate ways. You've been warned, so make sure to keep your tissues handy while watching the film!

Midnight Sun

In 2018's Midnight Sun, Bella Thorne portrays Katie Price, a teenage girl who is unable to leave the house during the day because of a rare genetic condition. Instead, Katie's father gives her permission to go out at night so she can perform for passersby at the railway station.

One of those nights, her crush approaches her to say hello, and they soon begin going out every night. But as Katie's condition worsens, she is forced to tell her new beau about her ailment. Prepare to bring back those teenage kilig feelings and stay tuned until the end to see whether she gets to fulfill her dying wish in the sunset.  

Someone Great

When Gina Rodriguez's Jenny, a soon-to-be music journalist, was ditched by her longtime partner because he can't commit to a long-distance relationship, her optimism for life quickly turns to despair.

Lonely and confused, she turns to her best friends Erin and Blair for help. The trio then goes on a fun, lighthearted adventure before she departs for a new job in San Francisco.

If you need a pick-me-upper, this film will show you that all you need to turn into someone great is a crazy set of friends and the heart to enjoy life despite its complexities.