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There’s no such thing as a typical work day in the PR field. With such a fast-paced and exciting job, finding the best way to wind down after work is very important. For me, watching a good movie is the best way to relax and enjoy myself after a busy day at work. Choosing a movie is no mindless task, however, because I take into account what mood I’m in, what mood I want to be in and how engaged I need to be by the movie (sometimes you just need background noise for a good nap). With that said, please read on to find the best movies to watch when you’re…

HAPPY: When I get home from work in a good mood I can’t help but dance. When you feel like that, is there a better movie to watch than Dirty Dancing? The answer is no. Dirty Dancing is the best movie to watch when you feel like dancing. Even better – keep the happiness flowing by joining Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey for the grand finale dance.   

IN NEED OF MOTIVATION: You’re never too old to enjoy a Disney movie. I recently saw Moana and it totally surpassed my expectations. Throughout the movie, Moana faces many obstacles but never quits on her journey. At the end, she learns that the keys to her success were within her all along. It may sound cheesy, but that lesson and the great soundtrack had me feeling pumped up after! It’s a great movie to watch if you need a little motivation in any aspect.

SAD: Every now and then you need to let go with a good tear-jerker. If you need to shed a few cathartic tears, I would recommend A Monster Calls. The title may sound a little scary, but I promise it’s not.

WATCHING WITH THE FAMILY: I can’t think of a movie my family quoted more when I was growing up than The Princess Bride. There are so many great one-liners, imaginative scenes and a good amount of adult humor, this movie is great for when you’re spending time with family.

LOOKING FOR A VACATION IN YOUR LIVING ROOM: Warning: I’m about to go full nerd on you here. If you need a break from reality, you simply can’t go wrong with any of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. As Bilbo Baggins once said, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door…if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.” So it’s best to stay on the couch and let Frodo do the dangerous adventuring for you!

~Submitted by Jesse Williams