• Miranda Allison

20 Films That Got Us Through 2020


2020 has made us no stranger to our couch, TV, and favorite streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO. Whether you chose to watch Friends for the 1,000th time or venture out with some new releases, we are with you. If it weren't for the shows and feel-good movies, who knows what we would have done during these long and slow months at home.


Here are our picks for the top 20 movies released in 2020 that kept our minds off the news and the family entertained in between online class sessions (wink).



January


Bad Boys for Life

Released before America collapsed, this film follows two detectives, played by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, as they work together to find and capture a Mexican drug lord on a vengeance killing spree. This film gave us some good old fashion thrill and was the last film in theaters for some of us as we unknowingly geared up for the year that was to come.


It was initially released in theatres (when that was a thing) on January 17, 2020, but is now available on Hulu.


Uncle Frank

Accompanied by his teenage niece, a gay literature professor reluctantly returns home to attend his father's funeral. This drama film tackles a long list of deep topics and inspires conversations to be had whilst staying very authentic and real to the character's struggles.


It is available on Amazon Prime as of January 25, 2020.




February


Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey

After breaking up with her boyfriend, The Joker, Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, must go on the run and face the wrath of a narcissistic crime boss, his right-hand man, and every other thug in the city. But soon she becomes unexpected allies with three deadly women - Huntress, Black Canary, and Renee Montoya.

The film portrays women empowerment at its finest. It was initially released in theatres on February 7, 2020, and is now available on HBO Max.

Downhill

Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple, played by Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, are thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives. They reflect on how they feel about each other and whether their marriage is worth fighting for. This film was a realistic view of marital issues and how they are never black and white. It helped people reevaluate their relationships during the love-filled month of February and hold the ones they truly love close.


It was initially released in theatres on February 14, 2020, and is now available on HBO Max.


The Invisible Man

After staging his own suicide, a crazed scientist uses his power to become invisible and stalk, as well as, terrorize his ex-girlfriend. When the police refuse to believe her story, she decides to take matters into her own hands and fight back. This movie has enough twists and turns to make you believe that you've gone crazy. If there was a movie to describe how scary 2020 has been with the invisible virus, this one would be it.


It was initially released in theatres on February 24, 2020, but is now available on HBO Max and Hulu.




March


Onward

Teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley embark on a magical quest to spend one more day with their late father. Like any good adventure, their journey is filled with cryptic maps, impossible obstacles, and unimaginable discoveries. But when mom finds out her sons are missing, she teams up with the legendary manticore to bring her beloved boys back home. This animated film is great for all members of the family and is filled with joy, adventure, and hope.


It is available on Disney+ as of March 6, 2020.




April


Trolls World Tour

Even though no one else got to complete a world tour this year, that didn't stop the animated Trolls from giving us the concert we all needed. Poppy and Branch discover that there are six different troll tribes scattered over six lands. Each tribe is also devoted to six different kinds of music -- funk, country, techno, classical, pop, and rock. When rockers Queen Barb and King Thrash set out to destroy the other music, Poppy and Branch embark on a daring mission to unite the trolls and save the diverse melodies from becoming extinct.


This film is available on Hulu as of April 10, 2020.


May

The Lovebirds

On the verge of breaking up, a couple, played by Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, get unintentionally involved in a bizarre murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night. This film is full of hilarious and unexpected twists and turns that will leave you wondering, "What did I just watch?" Kind of like how 2020 felt, right?


This film is available on Netflix as of May 22, 2020.



June


Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Follows two Icelandic natives, played by Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, as they make their way to the Eurovision Song Contest, a major singing competition where each European country has a representative with hopes for their country to take home the grand prize. This film is comedic gold. It is so ridiculous you can't help but love it. Many viewers can testify to the greatness of this watch as it brought them so much joy that it was even nominated for a People's Choice Award.


This film is available on Netflix as of June 26, 2020.



July

Palm Springs

The summer was meant for comedy! This film follows two wedding guests, played by Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, as they get stuck in a time loop and are forced to live the same day over and over again. If you liked the classic film, Groundhog Day, then this modern twist will have you dying laughing. It was a great distraction from the realities of this year and will leave you feeling grateful for all the things you do have.


This film is available on Hulu as of July 10, 2020.



August


The Binge

This film follows three high school friends as they decide if they are going to participate in their very first binge. Binges are one night a year where all alcohol and drugs are legal for anyone over the age of eighteen. This being the more playful and fun version of The Purge, leaves the audience reminiscing about their high school days while also getting to experience a new take on the classic "friends partying in high school" storyline we have seen many times before. When it stars Vince Vaughn, you can't go wrong.


This film is available on Hulu as of August 28, 2020.



September

Mulan

This live-action rendition of the classic animation follows Mulan, played by Liu Yifei, as she disguises herself as a man in order to serve in the Imperial army and spare her elderly father from having to go off to war. While there is no musical soundtrack, Li Shang, Cri-Kee, or Mushu like the beloved original, this rendition gives a realistic view of what the story would have actually looked like. Disney tried their best to make this one inclusive and pull focus to the country and traditions, versus focusing on a singing dragon.


This film is available on Disney + as of September 4, 2020.


Unpregnant

This film follows two ex-best friend teens, played by Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira, as they embark on an insane road trip to get an abortion before their parents find out. The movie does a great job of maintaining entertainment while also tackling a hard topic. Every teenage girl will relate to the main characters due to their versatile personalities and the situation at hand. It also gave us a sense of travel that we were lacking this year.


This film is available on HBO Max as of September 10, 2020.


Enola Holmes

While searching for her missing mother, teen Enola Holmes, played by Millie Bobbie Brown, uses her sleuthing skills to outsmart big brother Sherlock and help a runaway lord. This film had a fun spunk to it while keeping the genre focused on mystery. If you are a fan of Sherlock films or the childhood favorite, Nancy Drew, then you will have a fun time with this one.


This film is available on Netflix as of September 23, 2020.


The Trial of the Chicago 7

The film is based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and other dealings arising from the countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. It is an American historical legal drama film, so if that is your cup of tea, this is a great one since it is a fictional film based on a real-life event.


This film is available on Netflix as of September 25, 2020.



October

The War with Grandpa

When Grandpa Jack, played by Robert Di Niro, moves in with the family, Peter, the youngest son, is forced to give up his most prized possession: his bedroom. Peter will stop at nothing to get his room back and schemes with friends to devise a series of pranks to drive him out. However, grandpa doesn't give up easily, and it turns into an all-out war between the two. This family fun movie will give you some great laughs and anticipation as the pranks grow bigger and bigger. How far are they willing to go? Find out for yourself.


This film was initially released in theatres on October 9, 2020, and can be purchased on VUDU.


Holidate

This romantic comedy follows two strangers, played by Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey, that are fed up with the loneliness that comes with being single during the holidays. They decide to be each other's platonic dates for all the holidays that year and begin to discover more about each other and themselves along the way. This film follows various holidays and is the classic romcom that we needed to get us through these last few months, especially for all the single folks out there - you know what I mean.


It's available on Netflix as of October 28, 2020.



November


Freaky

Seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler, played by Kathryn Newton, spends her days trying to survive high school and the cruel actions of the popular crowd. But when she becomes the latest target of the Butcher, the town's infamous serial killer played by Vince Vaughn, her senior year becomes the least of her worries. This horror/ comedic film was inspired by the classic Freaky Friday as Millie and the Butcher switch bodies and have to find their way back to themselves. This is the perfect film for those that are on the verge for horror since it has a fun, lighthearted comedic underline.


This film was initially released in theatres on November 13, 2020, and can be purchased on Amazon Prime.



December


The Prom

To support a high school girl who wants to bring her girlfriend to the prom, a group of self-obsessed theatre stars go to a small conservative town in Indiana. This comedic musical is sure to bring a smile to your face as it tackles a larger issue, such as narcissism, in a fun and inventive way. With stars like Meryl Streep, James Corden, and Nicole Kidman, this film is sure to make a statement this December.


This film was initially released in theatres on December 4, 2020, and will be available on Netflix on December 11th, 2020.


Promising Young Women

Cassie, played by Carey Mulligan, decides to make a change in the night partying culture by creating a new outcome. She pretends to be drunk, allows a man to take her home, and then teaches them a lesson in how a woman deserves to be treated. This feminist empowered thriller is meant to show men a glimpse of the fear and anger that women have on an average night. A great reflection of how women took charge this year with movements like Women Empowerment and Women's Rights.


This film will be available in theatres on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020.

This year we saw a lot of comedies trying to remind us that we can still be happy in 2020, and we can safely say that though a lot has gone wrong, there are still reasons to smile. There were a lot of hard topics as the main plot point of stories that got us to think about our purpose and direction in life, but also made it feel like we weren't alone in them.


This was a year when we started realizing what really matters to us and being open to having those conversations. Though no one (and we mean no one) wants to relive this year again, we can still reflect on what lessons we learned and the perspectives we gained this year.


Which of these films got you through it all? Let us know in the comments below.


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