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Hugging memes from movie scenes that give us that warm and fuzzy feeling

huggingv2-webAstronauts call it “re-entry” when they hurtle into the Earth’s atmosphere, back from their time in outer space. It’s always a bumpy ride back home again.

Now that more of us are getting fully vaccinated, we’re experiencing our own version of re-entry as we meet up with friends and family after the long isolation. Some of us are adjusting more slowly, while others are rushing headlong into reunions with family and other vaccinated friends. 

One thing we know, though: We’re hugging. Lots and lots of hugging. Elbow bumps will linger, but those full-on bear hugs will always be awesome. 

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This hugging gif sums it up pretty perfectly:


Can we hug if we’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19?

National Hugging Day came and went this year on January 21st; we weren’t ready for it yet. Now, with more than 3 million people getting vaccinated per day, we’re on track for some serious hug-fests.

According to NPR, “vaccinating a high percentage of the population against COVID-19 is a crucial part of the U.S. strategy to curb the pandemic. Since COVID-19 vaccine distribution began in the United States on Dec. 14, more than 232 million doses have been administered, fully vaccinating over 96.6 million people or 29.1% of the total U.S. population.”

Restrictions are loosening as a result. The CDC updated its guidelines this week, which included a green light on hugging for fully  vaccinated people — defined as “people ≥ 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen).”

Hugging is mutual  

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The lack of human connection while quarantining was really difficult. Our need for human connection and interaction intensified as time marched on through 2020. Now, as the country — and much of the world — gets their jabs, we’re ready to reunite with friends and family near and far.

Let’s get in the mood to throw our arms around each other with some of the best hug scenes in television and movies that have inspired plenty of hugging memes.

Best overall movie hug scene: Forrest Gump (1994)

We’re starting with the best scene first on this list. The Forrest and Jenny hug moment where they reunite in Washington D.C. at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is definitely one of the greatest hug scenes of all time.

Where to watch Forrest Gump: Buy or rent on Amazon 

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Best comedy hug: Tommy Boy (1995)

The hilarious Chris Farley to Rob Lowe: “Brothers don’t shake hands! Brothers gotta hug!”

Where to watch Tommy Boy: Buy or rent on Amazon 

Best awkward hug: Trains Planes & Automobiles (1987)

“Those aren’t pillows!” Steve Martin and John Candy together are comedy gold.

Where to watch Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Watch for free on TubiTV

Best love scene hug: The Notebook (2004)

This is a movie we love to watch again and again. That moment when Allie returns to choose Noah is up there as one of the most iconic moments in romantic movies ever:

Where to watch The Notebook: Watch now on HBO Max

Best hug scene montage: Love Actually (2003)

The last scene in the airport where everyone is hugging their loved ones at the airport to the song “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys gives us all the feels.

Where to watch Love Actually: Watch now on Peacock TV

Best animated character hugger: Frozen (2013)

“Hi, I’m Olaf and I like Warm Hugs!” Frozen brought us one of the sweetest characters ever to be featured in a children’s animated movie and is one of many cute Disney characters.

Where to watch Frozen: Watch now on Disney+

Best “I miss you” hug: The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)

A beautiful moment: Claire and Henry reunite after Claire thinks she will never see him again.

Where to watch The Time Traveler’s Wife: Watch now on Netflix

Best guy hug: Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Andy and Red reunite on the beach. “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

Where to watch Shawshank Redemption: Buy or rent on Amazon 

Best bromantic hug: Rocky III (1982)

This scene is still making grown men cry after all these years.

Where to watch Rocky III: Watch on HBO Max 

Best emotional release hug: Good Will Hunting (1997)

When Robin Williams as Sam hugs Matt Damon’s character Will and says “it’s not your fault,” we totally lose it.

Where to watch Good Will Hunting: Watch now on Hulu

Best BFF hug: Will & Grace (1998-2006, 2017-2020)

These two characters were the best of friends, and we looked forward to tuning in each week to for the hilarity as much as to feel the genuine love they shared.

Where to watch Will & Grace: Watch now on NBC 

Best compassionate hug: Edward Scissorhands (1990)

The emotional pain and loneliness is palpable in this scene.

Where to watch Edward Scissorhands: Watch now on STARZ 

Best children’s movie hug: Inside Out (2015) 

Sadness Comforting Bing Bong is a masterclass in empathy.

Where to watch Inside Out: Watch now on Disney+

Best children’s movie hug: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

This classic ‘70s kids’ movie includes an iconic hug scene with Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) and Charlie.

Where to watch Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory: Buy or rent on Amazon

Best mother-child hug: The Blind Side (2009)

We all wanted a proper hug after this heartwarming movie.

(this reminds us of all our favorite “stop crying it’s just a movie” memes)