Everyone knows that our friends are the family we choose. And this saying is so true that there is a day in the year to celebrate those who are and always will be by our side: our friends. On July 30, the International Day of Friendship is celebrated. However, in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Spain, the date is celebrated ten days in advance, July 20. Here, the date was created by Argentinian Enrique Ernesto Febbraro. His inspiration came from man’s arrival on the Moon on July 20, 1069. He said this was not only a scientific achievement, but also an opportunity to make friends in another part of the world. universe.
He then decides to write more than a thousand letters to various Argentinian cities in order to propose the creation of the Day of Friends. His initiative worked and in 1979 the date was officially created by the Argentine government. For many years, the day was already celebrated with the crowds of bars and restaurants filled with party friends, providing yet another excuse to move the trade. Over the following decades, the date was circulated to other countries. Uruguay adopted Friends’ Day in the 1970s, Peru and Mexico in 1980, and in Brazil the idea came with more intensity in the 1990s.
Speaking of our friends, there are the more dramatic ones, the counselors, the ones who come to your house like they really are family, and those who like to watch a movie with a lot of popcorn. For this last category, we have prepared a list of amazing True Friendships movies to marathon with your friends. Find out below.
An ’80s classic that many consider timeless and that makes you think about friendship, maturation and self-discovery. This is Conta Comigo, a dramatic film directed by Rob Reiner. The title is named after a song of the same name by Ben E. King (Stand by Me) and the story is based on a short story by Stephen King called The Body.
The story is based on the memory of Gordie Lachance (Wil Wheaton – younger version and Richard Dreyfuss – older version), a writer who remembers a personal event he experienced in the summer of 1959, when ‘he was only 12 years old. He was then living in small town Oregon, USA, and had three friends: Vern Tessio (Jerry O’Connell), Chris Chambers (River Phoenix) and Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman).
One day, after a stranger is accidentally killed near their home, the four boys decide to view the body. Along the way, they meet a man in a swamp full of leeches. Initially what would be a simple adventure game, it ends up evolving into an event that would mark their lives forever.
Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video.
This teen drama turns out to be much deeper than it seems. It was written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, based on the author’s 1999 novel of the same name. In the cast we have names like Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev, Johnny Simmons, Erin Wilhelmi, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Rudd and Joan Cusack.
The plot is set in 1992, where we follow the story of Charlie (Logan Lerman), a shy high school student who has suffered from clinical depression since childhood. Along with the character’s personal issues, he still has to deal with the most confusing moment in a person’s life: adolescence. We walked Charlie’s journey with his friends, with the discoveries and insecurities typical of that time in life. The Vantages of Being Invisible has a fantastic soundtrack and deals with depression and anxiety without the stigma, transporting us with sensitivity into the story.
Where to watch: Netflix.
The touching Brazilian film that won the world could not be excluded from this list. Directed by Walter Salles and written by João Emanuel Carneiro and Marcos Bernstein, with one of the greatest roles in Fernanda Montenegro’s career, earning her an Oscar nomination. The idea for the film came in 1993, when Walter Salles was inspired by reading a letter sent to his friend Frans Krajcberg written by an inmate. In addition, the economic crisis that Brazil was facing at the time also served as the inspiration for the initial design.
Dora (Fernanda Montenegro) is a retired teacher who writes letters to illiterate people at Central do Brasil train station. She welcomes the boy Joshua (Vinícius de Oliveira) after the death of his mother, hit by a bus. She decides to help him find her father in the Northeast and they end up developing an unexpected friendship throughout this trip.
Where to watch: Globoplay and Telecine Play.
It’s that comfortable movie to watch with friends. The story is based on a book of the same name by Ann Brashares. In the direction we have Ken Kwapis and Delia Ephron was responsible for the script. The film tells the story of four friends who have known each other since they were babies because their mothers took the same aerobics class. Tibby (Amber Tamblyn), Lena (Alexis Bledel), Bridget (Blake Lively) and Carmen (America Ferrera) were born the same month and grew up together, becoming great friends.
On a trip to the mall, they find a pair of jeans that fit them perfectly, even though they have different bodies. They decide to buy, because they find this phenomenon strange and a bit magical. As they are breaking up for the first time in 16 years, they decide to create a fraternity around these pants and the rule would be that everyone can spend a week with her and pass it on to the next friend. In order to keep in touch, they took advantage of this change of pants to send letters telling them about the holidays.
Where to watch: Globoplay.
To end our list, we’ve got the live action from one of Hanna-Barbera Studios’ most beloved cartoons, dear Scooby-Doo. The friendly dog and his band of friends, who each have a different personality, face adventures as detectives of Mysteries SA, in order to arrest those responsible for very enigmatic crimes. In the team, besides Scooby, we have the awkward Shaggy who is his biggest partner, Velma, Daphne and Fred.
The plot of the 2002 American film revolves around the famous team that solves mysteries, but decides to take time. After two years, they decide to meet again to try to investigate a puzzle surrounding a popular horror theme park. The plot, which involves a lot of adventure and comedy, was directed by Raja Gosnell and written by James Gunn, responsible for the Guardians of the Galaxy films and the new film Suicide Squad. The cast includes names like Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini, Isla Fisher and Rowan Atkinson.
Where to watch: HBO Max.
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