Category: Netflix

“The F**k it List”

7.9

They had me at Madison Iseman, but then the main character’s name is Brett?!? I’m in.

Instead of COVID, get ready to catch a case of the fuck-its.

A tale as old as time, a la “The Graduate.” A straight-A student pondering their life choices as they reach a major crossroads in their life. Once they get a taste of freedom, they throw caution to the wind and dive in. A timely update of the premise, with the main character becoming internet famous. Gary Vee would be proud.

For a newfound care-free fellow, he sure is hung up on his longtime crush. This took me out of it for a minute, as I questioned his dedication to his cause. Then I remembered my own falling into that bear trap, and decided to not fault him for having a soft spot for the feisty hot mess who keeps him in check and reminds him of a young naive Brett from two weeks ago. Sometimes, it’s time to make the “crazy” choice, and enjoy the ride.

A well balanced film, heart-laugh ratio wise. The natural beauty of the California coast on full display. A valuable lesson hidden in a fresh presentation. Well done.

“Hubie Halloween”

7.8

Adam Sandler’s best Netflix movie? I think so!

Unoriginal? Yes. But so is almost every other Halloween movie nowadays. The typical Sandler cast? Yes. But every Adam Sandler movie has the same cast. This movie is just so surprisingly fun. It really makes up for it all.

Julie Bowen plays the “out of his league” female lead. Shaq plays the best mysterious radio DJ since Wolfman Jack in “American Graffiti.” Paul Blart gets promoted to real cop. A fun, heartfelt Halloween hijinks-filled hootenanny. Turn your brain off and get ready to chuckle for an hour and a half.

“Love, Guaranteed”

8.2

That’s awful ballsy… guaranteeing something as complex and unpredictable as love? Netflix is drunk on power. Fortunately, this is the genre they do best, so it turns out alright. Short and sweet enough to cause a toothache, you’ll want this on repeat like the Tiffany song that plays non-stop in Susan’s adorable car. The story is predictable as all get out, but you can’t help but get sucked in by how adorable it is. It’s an interesting twist, using a dating site as the macguffin to get these two broken hearts to come together under unlikely circumstances. Heather Graham is keeping it evil with this villain streak she’s had going on lately, but it works.

I will never not love Damon Wayans Jr., but Rachel Leigh Cook played off of him really well in this, and there’s a true chemistry that takes the story to a whole other level. From the meet-cute to the “oh hell no, she did not just snub him even though she knows she loves him” moment, this is just what the doctor ordered in the bubble gum entertainment market. I’m forever grateful an entertainment company picked up the baton and has continued the storied history of this genre.

Now, if I can only get this song out of my head…

“Challenger: The Final Flight”

8.1

Netflix has two markets cornered. Romantic comedies and documentaries. This mini-series came out of nowhere and blew me away. The pacing, the new footage, the storytelling. Excellence on display. You’ll learn, be moved, and leave entertained. Things start off with an emotional weight that doesn’t let up until the final credits roll. Certainly not for the faint of heart, but well worth the emotional roller coaster. So many twists and turns, a wonderfully constructed window into introducing a new generation to such important historical lessons. Another home run by the red menace.