Never mind paracetamol and fry-ups, because a Paddington movie is surely nature’s ultimate hangover cure. The first movie lacks for nothing in charm and rewatchability, but the sequel has Hugh Grant’s magnificently self-regarding thesp Phoenix Buchanan and he alone makes it our go-to pick for sore-headed moments. Forget the hair of the dog, it’s all about the fur of the bear.
Picking a movie to help you deal with a Force 9 hangover is a tricky business. Too much plot and it will make your brain implode (sayonara, The Usual Suspects and Mulholland Drive), subtitles are asking a lot of eyeballs that may still be hosting yesterday’s dailies, and anything too moody and serious could spark a self-hate spiral. Plus, any films where booze plays a prominent role will only bring up the thorny question of whether last night’s twelfth martini was really necessary - which, ironically, make any of the actual Hangover movies a bad idea.
But if you nail the choice, a good movie is the perfect comfort blanket to see you through while that jabbing pain clears up and your nervous system restores itself to factory settings. To help select your Sunday morning viewing – though it could equally be Tuesday afternoon… no judgment – we’ve assembled a dozen such films. The selection process prioritises big spectacle over screeds of dialogue, laughs over provocation, and heartening vibes to pick you up as you come to terms with those embarrassing WhatsApp messages you wish you hadn’t sent.