Winter movies to snuggle up on the couch with after Joint Replacement Surgery

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If you’ve just had joint replacement surgery chances are you’ll be spending more time at home. Staving off boredom is one of the biggest complaints people have about their recovery, so here are a few different movie ideas for a winter recoup!

Happy Feet – This light-hearted movie is set in a world where emperor penguins sing to each other. But as the lead character Mambo (jokingly called ‘Mumble’ throughout the movie) learns if you can’t sing…you’re going to have a rough time making friends in your penguin colony. This movie has a lot of celebrity voices doing their own singing, including Robin Williams as 3 different rockhopper penguins who want to help Mumble find his true love (dramatically).

Home Alone – This is a holiday classic but it works for the whole winter season! The McCallister family decides to travel to Paris for Christmas but nobody does a headcount of the 15 people scrambling to get to the airport on time and 8-year-old Kevin gets left behind. Home alone for the first time his entire life Kevin (usually considered the black sheep of the family) initially rejoices that he can do whatever he wants. However, he runs into trouble when the two men behind a string of robberies in his neighborhood start casing his house. This is a movie that has a lot of classic slapstick and heart-warming ending to balance it out. There’s also a sequel if you enjoy it, but forget the third one ever happened.

Edward Scissorhands – This beautiful allegory takes place during many seasons, but is essentially the story of why it snows in the winter in a town where it never did before. A local Avon lady expands her route to a large, foreboding castle on a hill and finds a young man living inside with scissors for hands. Shocked at first he comes to tell her that he is unfinished and the man who created him has died. She takes pity on the man and takes him home with her to meet her family. The rest is a fish out of water story about the young man, Edward, learning to live among other people and the residents of a very cookie-cutter suburban town learning to see something different from the norm as beautiful. Though not very successfully.

Groundhog Day – A cynical TV weatherman finds himself reliving the same day over and over again when he goes on location to the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to film a report about their annual Groundhog Day. Billy Murrey plays the world-weary weatherman who realizes that the only way to keep from losing his mind is to try and do something different each day. This ultimately (through MUCH trial and error) leads to him to create what seems to be the perfect day and the best version of himself.

The Lord of the Rings – If you have a lot of time and are ready to commit the Lord of the Rings saga is a fantasy masterpiece to fall into on a winter day (or multiple ones). Frodo Baggins grows up hearing about the exploits of his uncle Bilbo, who left their shire and had a grand adventure like no other hobbit ever has. But as it turns out, Frodo and his most loyal friends will have an adventure of their own. The entire world of Middle Earth is in danger because the legendary One Ring is being sought out by evil forces. Uncle Bilbo pocketed the ring on his adventure but has left it to Frodo who must destroy it before it can be used for evil. But the ring’s allure is very great and Frodo must resist it while also keeping it safe from his own friends before it lures them as well.

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