I have a favorite comfort movie. It's the 1995 BBC/A&E production of Pride and Prejudice starring Jennifer Ehle as Miss Elizabeth Bennett and my secret boyfriend Colin Firth as dreamy Mr. Darcy. There's actually a tribe of us who are a bit obsessive about this production. I have a friend who watched it over and over during her pregnancy -- until she went into pre-term labor. She was afraid she would have a miscarriage and then end up with tragic associations with Mr. Darcy, so she had to put her DVD away until after she delivered a healthy boy. I have another friend who talked about "Pride and Prejudice" so incessantly that a group of friends made her a pillow case with Colin Firth's picture on it. (They also made her a special bra, but let's not go there.) She hides the pillowcase in her office and only shows it to people who, in her studied opinion, are worthy enough to see it. (Oh, wait a minute. Shoot -- that last one's me. Don't tell!)
What is it about this film? I'm not entirely sure, except that when I'm feeling pathetic and depressed and when I can't breathe through my sad, stuffed-up little nose, the whole Bennett family just makes me feel safe and secure. They dress so nice. They talk so nice. They're all so witty. I just want to sit in the drawing room with them and drink tea, and I want get waited on hand and foot, even if I know those rotten Bingley sisters are downstairs gossiping about me -- the jealous little cows. And then there's Pemberley. Ahhhh...Pemberley...why have you forsaken me?
Other movies are tolerable I suppose, but not good enough to tempt me. Do you have a favorite comfort film? What is it and why?