Netflix Rec: What I Watched in March

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What’s Your Number?
2011
Rated R

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt are a celebrity dream couple (and their few scenes together in this movie are hilarious), but I’ve been largely unfamiliar with Faris’s movies.  I’m so glad I gave What’s Your Number? a try!  It’s relatable (am I too old to find someone? too slutty? too picky?) and genuinely affirming.  Instead of being a romantic comedy that preaches the misleading promise that you should find someone you “deserve” who will make you the Best You….it teaches a really heartwarming lesson that you should be with someone who loves you for who you are, weird art habits and impulsive trespassing included.  And if that person just so happens to be Chris Evans…?  So much the better!

BONUS:  Because Faris is going through her list of ex’s, we get some really phenomenal cameos with famous Hollywood hunks, like Zachary Quinto, Joel McHale, Anthony Mackie, Martin Freeman, Andy Samberg, and the aforementioned Chris Pratt.

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The Road to El Dorado  
2000
Rated PG

I’d never seen this animated movie before, but when I saw it likened to the underrated-yet-hilarious The Emperor’s New Groove, I decided to give it a shot.  Eh….it’s a movie!  Miguel and Tulio are a great duo, and I enjoyed their rascally friendship a lot.  Perhaps naively, I thought they handled the “white guys are considered gods” plot relatively well, reminding us constantly that they would be murdered if they were found out.  And maybe I’m reading WAY too much into it, but I really liked that contrary to the violent and vengeful god that the people expected, Miguel’s version of god was one who walked among the people, enjoyed them, defended them, and….abolished sacrifices.  Was the Christianity meant to be so blatant?!  Anyway, the music was far too forgettable, but it was enjoyable nonetheless!  Definitely a good use of Netflix.

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Eat, Pray, Love
2010
Rated PG-13

I didn’t actually finish this one.  I got an hour into it before deciding that it wasn’t worth forcing myself to watch something I didn’t really enjoy.  I loved Gilbert’s book by the same name, but the movie was too fast!  The whole point of her story is that she takes a slow year to heal and explore, and 40 minutes in each country didn’t allow for much emotional weight.  In Italy she’s lonely, in India she’s angry…her emotions swung too quickly without the necessary backdrop of the novel.

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Under the Dome
CBS
2 Episodes of Season 1

Any show that starts with a guy burying a body in the woods will, at the very least, catch my attention.  But then a cow got cut in half?  I dunno, guys.  Is this show good?  I watched the first two episodes, and it feels very tenuous.  The mystery of how the dome was put there, and what is the mayor guy’s secret, and are those two things connected – it could all be very interesting or else VERY dumb.  Has anyone watched more of the show?  Is it worth investing in?

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The House Bunny
2008
Rated R

This was the month I fell in love with Anna Faris!  After watching two movies, I am convinced that she is a master at creating Almost Awful movies but with enough self-awareness and increasingly obvious feminist messages to become something really delightful!  The House Bunny is about sororities and Playboy Bunnies and learning to love yourself and your friends no matter how weird or pretty or dumb or nerdy.  Plus it’s so fun to watch such a female-dominated comedy.  When the mean girl punched her friend in the boob because she “needed to hurt somebody,” it made me realize how many idiotic female-centric pratfalls the world has yet to normalize.  It’s dumb, it’s funny, it’s uplifting, it’s a great Netflix movie.

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2 thoughts on “Netflix Rec: What I Watched in March

  1. IAmDonovan April 1, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    Under The Dome is alright. It can get kind of silly at points but overall I felt like it did a good job telling the story of something so different. There are some cool characters and plot twists that make the show worth a watch if you have nothing better to do, but just know that it’s not like the book and it’s not the best show ever made.

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    • Tricia April 2, 2016 / 8:56 am

      Thank you! That is really helpful to know. I won’t go out of my way to watch it over other things, but maybe I’ll return to it someday.

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