My Pretty Okay Netflix List of February 2014
Despite the fact that I quite literally live on the beach, waves crashing, sun burning bright, and all that stuff, I’ve been in hibernation for the past month or so. Personally, I believe it’s my Midwestern Michigan roots showing through. It could also be the fact that I’m deeply jealous that everyone above the Mason-Dixon line is experiencing a snowpocalypse that’s never been experienced before. Anyways, this hibernation is largely shown through my excessive Netflix usage. So I thought, hey, why not take my vaguely antisocial ways and put them to use? So here you are readers. This is my Pretty Okay Netflix list of February 2014.
1. Drinking Buddies
Okay, so I was really excited to watch this movie because it includes three of my favorite things: Olivia Wilde, Nick from New Girl – I feel no need to learn his real name, he’ll always be Nick to me -, and good craft beer. These three wonderful things should somehow add up to be a wonderful movie, right? Well, kind of right. It starts out great – Luke (Nick) and Kate (Olivia Wilde) are these super cool hipster friends that you could probably find in Portland. Boundaries between the sexes? No need with these two! Yeah, they’ve got significant others but so what, they can still be the best of friends that high five, drink together, and…cuddle? I guess things get complicated, though in the end they do get resolved. Personally, I think they’re resolved in the stupidest way. Drinking Buddies could have been a standard rom com that starred in theaters and made you want to take your hot date to it, but it fell short in a way that makes you cock your head to the side and stare at the credits in a vaguely irritated manner.
2. Stuck In Love
Stuck In Love was a movie that I repeatedly scrolled past for a solid month. It is exactly what it sounds like – a movie about unrequited and completely unfortunate and messed up love interests. But just like a car crash, once you start watching this movie you can’t look away. You’ve got the dad who remains obsessed with his now remarried ex-wife, the son who is obsessed with the hottest – and most drugged up – girl in high school, and the college daughter who is experimenting with just how sexual she can get. All in all this movie is a disaster. It is, however, a disaster that will make you cry in your bed cuddling your pillow at midnight. Stuck In Lovewill tug at your heartstrings in a very odd way, but it will get you nonetheless.
3. Gossip Girl (entire series)
I don’t really feel the need to explain this one. There was a not so distant time in my life where I got sucked into the Blair-Chuck drama and I just couldn’t stop. I just couldn’t. And so now I’m recommending it to you, because that’s what friends do for friends. They recommend terrible shows like this one and everyone gets sucked into it and loses sight of what’s actually important in life. Like groceries. And contacting the outside world.
‘What, this fad diet version of a movie?!’ is something you may be saying at this title in particular. But hey, if any one of you watches this movie and then goes to SeaWorld anyways then I wish shame upon your family. Seriously. This film captures several interviews of past SeaWorld trainers as well as training practices and in depth information about the orcas previously and currently housed at SeaWorld. And let me tell you, it’s not pretty. The things that the general population is unaware of in regards to the treatment of these animals are appalling. I urge you to watch this movie not (only) because I’m a bleeding heart but purely because I believe knowledge is power.
5. The Croods
Ah, The Croods. I’m a big softie for a powerful female lead, and an even bigger softie when it comes to dad-daughter relationships. This movie is, well, crude in some senses, but also an adorable family movie. The grumpy dad shows his soft side, the strong willed teenage girl lightens up a bit after meeting a fellow cave-person her age, and eventually the whole family comes together against the odds. I gave the ending away a little, but would you expect anything else from a family movie? Everyone, pull this movie up when you’re feeling homesick and drinking a cup of tea. It’s the perfect antidote.
So go ahead, pretend you’re (or actually be) in the storm of the century and all you’ve got is a snuggly blanket, hot cocoa, and Netflix. Trust me, with this list you’ll be set for a month or so.