Contest! Beat Blue Monday with Cineplex

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Feeling down? Third Monday in January is becoming widely known around the world as ‘Blue Monday’. January 18th marks to be the most depressing day of the year. According to the Cineplex survey, only 9% of Canadians are planning on doing something for their own enjoyment on Blue Monday and when feeling down, 78% want to watch a movie that makes them laugh. Canada’s top feel good movie is the 1993 comedy Mrs. Doubtfire starring Robin Williams (14%), followed by Pretty Woman (11%) and The Shawshank Redemption (10%).

We chatted with Dr. Norman N. Holland about his own research on the impact of movies on the brain.

What causes “Blue Monday”? Does weather play a role?

Blue Monday falls every year on the third Monday in January. It is considered by many as the most depressing day of the year. The holidays are over, it’s cold outside and bill are coming in. Cineplex conducted a survey that found despite this only 9 per cent of Canadians say they will do something simply for enjoyment on Blue Monday.

While streaming movies at home are popular, does watching movies on the big screen enhance our enjoyment? 

In my research I’ve learned that your brain reacts differently when you watch a movie in the theatre compared to watching it at home. It allows the parts you use to cope with the world to shut down and have a mini-vacation. On the most depressing day of the year – who doesn’t need that? It’s important, though, to see that movie in a theater. At home you don’t turn off your action systems and you can control the device you are watching the movie on. The same Cineplex survey showed that almost three quarters of Canadians (72%) press pause, rewind, or fast forward at least once when watching a movie at home. You might get up to do the laundry, answer the phone or water your plant. You’re never really giving yourself a restful shutdown when you watch a movie at home. The same thing holds true for watching on your iPad or a smartphone.

What kind of movies do you recommend we watch on Blue Monday?

The Cineplex survey I mentioned also revealed that when down or blue, a majority of Canadians (78 per cent) turn to movies that make them laugh. I think a comedy would be a good choice on Blue Monday, but really any movie that helps you escape the everyday will be good for your brain.

To cheer you up, Cineplex has created a special redemption offer for SCENE members on Blue Monday.  SCENE members can treat themselves to any movie, at any Cineplex theatre, for any experience by redeeming only 500 SCENE points.  This offer applies to all general admission as well as premium movie-going experiences including UltraAVX, 3D, IMAX and D-BOX Motion Seats as well as VIP Cinemas, which traditionally require 1,000-2,000 SCENE points. Tickets can be purchased and redeemed on Blue Monday, January 18, only. More information is available at


To brighten your mood, we are also giving away 2 movie passes and $50 Cineplex gift card to one lucky fan.

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James Chung

Vancouver Lifestyle, Cool Tech & Travel Adventure. Email: [email protected]

57 responses

  1. jan says:

    For a Blue Monday I too would probably choose a comedy!

  2. Bonnie says:

    I could use a new warm coat.

  3. Samantha Reeves says:

    My holiday wish list would be to have my debt magically paid off, lol

  4. Deborah Chan says:

    My holiday wish list would be having a family waterpark getaway.

  5. daydreamsun3 says:

    to go to greece!

  6. Annette Chai says:

    New sheepskin rug!

  7. Salina says:

    I still need to see Star Wars!

  8. CksCindy says:

    The way we were

  9. Kim says:

    Empire Strikes Back

  10. brandon forsyth says:

    Eternal sunshine of a spotless mind

  11. Larissa says:


  12. Rachel says:

    If I’m feeling blue I have to go with a comedy. Love re-watching Pretty Woman

  13. Amy Heffernan says:


  14. Elizabeth George says:

    My favourite movie – this is tough because it’s always depending on mood! That being said, the one I put in my DVD player the most has got to be Bridget Jones!

  15. BaileyDexter says:

    All time fav…The Notebook!

  16. Tammy Dalley says:

    Divergent trilogy!

  17. Lori Lewis says:

    My favourite movie is Moulin Rouge – such a sad love story! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Heather T says:

    Picking a favourite is always tough…the original Star Wars trilogy is a given, as is Indiana Jones!

  19. Jeannie says:

    When Harry Met Sally

  20. Andrea m says:

    I loved Trainspotting!

  21. Radhika K says:

    My favorite movie is Breakfast at Tiffanys

  22. David Swim says:

    Hard to pick one. The original Star Wars movies maybe or Bladerunner. The Revenent is high up there now.

  23. Stephanie says:

    My favourite movie was Mockingjay!

  24. Natalie says:

    Shawshank Redemption!

  25. Olivia @ This West Coast Mommy says:

    Depends on the day! We’re enjoying the Harry Potter series right now.

  26. Andrea Amy says:

    My favourite movie is Divergent

  27. Jenness Mills says:

    My fave movie is The Princess Bride!

  28. karla says:

    Fantastic Four

  29. sibley_h says:

    My all time favourite movies are labrynth and princess bride.

  30. Cristina Lawrie says:

    The Never Ending Story!

  31. Heather says:

    My fav movie is the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

  32. girlspy66 says:

    my favourite is Notebook

  33. Ariel says:

    Love the Godfather

  34. Belinda McNabb says:

    the whole matrix series of movies is my favorite

  35. ivy pluchinsky says:

    Love the Goonies

  36. Brad says:

    American Graffiti

  37. Eileen says:

    I love the Harry Potter series. Rafflecopter name: Ei Leen

  38. Melinda Jana says:

    The Devil Wears Prada

  39. Diana Powell says:

    One of my favourite movies is Goodfellas

  40. Nietha says:

    Stranger Than Fiction is one of my fave movies

  41. Pam Wood Humphrey says:

    I love Shawshank Redemption

  42. Donna Northrup says:

    I love The Wizard of Oz!

  43. Terri Baker says:

    The Shining! Scares me every time I watch it

  44. Elaine says:

    Hunger Games movies

  45. Daniel says:

    My favorite movie is whiplash. Extremely intense, intriguing and compelling! Should have won at the oscars last year

  46. Missycat11 says:

    I like the oldies – To Kill a Mockingbird with Gregory Peck or movie with Jimmy Stewart

  47. Nancy says:


  48. Elizabeth says:


  49. Jamie says:

    Star Wars

  50. Henry says:

    Furious 7

  51. Fu says:

    Hunger Games

  52. Jessica says:

    The Revenant!

  53. Gloria says:

    My favourite movie is Brooklyn.

  54. Da says:

    Favourite movie: Lord of the Rings

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