I’ll preface this post by saying that I can be so bad keeping up with TV/movies sometimes. I think the last time I saw a movie in theaters was when I saw Beauty and the Beast last spring–definitely glad I went! Even when I watch Netflix, I get caught up in the same shows over and over again (cough, Greys Anatomy) and sometimes forget about everything else out there. There are so many movies in theaters right now that look amazing–The Post, for one–and some new TV shows that I need to delve into, ASAP–HGTV’s new show featuring Society Social’s Roxy Te is going to be a must-watch for me, I love Mrs. Maisel but am still slowly working my way through, and this one also looks great!
In addition to being terrible at starting new movies/shows, I’m also terrible at finishing them. It seriously took me a week to watch The Big Sick, which I talk more about below (I watched most of it on a Friday and Saturday and then somehow stopped with less than 10 minutes left, and then my week got super busy and I didn’t finish the movie until the following Friday…yes, I realize this is not normal! Haha).
That aside, here are three movies I’ve seen this past month and would definitely recommend:
The Big Sick
Online summary: “Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents.
When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.”
My take: I had been wanting to see this since it came out last fall, and it didn’t disappoint. The plot itself is inspiring and adorable (I don’t know many guys who would sit and wait for a girl who they had broken up with to come out of a coma while dealing with that person’s distraught parents!), and the fact that it’s based on a true story adds a really interesting element. I thought the acting was engaging and very genuine (the fact that Kumail, the main character, played himself was probably key to that, haha). I now need to do some more reading about Kumail and Emily in real life! This is a great one to watch with a group or alone; it’ll definitely keep you entertained!
Online summary: “Recently separated from her husband, Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice’s unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand.”
My take: I had heard mixed things about this one, but I love Reese Witherspoon and thought the overall premise seemed cute, so I was curious about it despite the many negative reviews. I’ll agree with most everyone else that the acting in this movie wasn’t the best, but the house…swoon! There’s seriously so much amazing decor in this movie and it was entertaining enough…it’s a good one to keep on in the background while blogging or answering emails, but don’t rush to rent it.
My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
Online summary: Jesse is a sassy, intelligent woman who has yet to find “Mr. Right”—until she bumps into Ethan, a writer pushed to the edge of despair after having another novel rejected by publishers. For Jesse, the encounter offers more than a chance to inspire the artist in Ethan again. It also opens a new, romantic chapter in her life… with one huge complication.
Moments after meeting the perfect guy for her, Jesse meets Mr. Perfect— Troy, a confident and successful advertising executive who makes almost every moment elegant and romantic. Soon Jesse is in over her head and grappling with the ultimate romantic paradox: what does a girl do when she meets “Mr. Right”… after already meeting the right guy?
Ultimately, what Jesse discovers about love reflects what the audience discovers about the story itself: Things are not always what they seem. My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend is a classic love story turned upside down, a romantic comedy that blends a warm sincerity with fresh, stylized storytelling and some very big surprises.
My take: My sister and I had constantly seen this one in our Netflix recommendations (which are often questionable…haha) and finally decided to watch it a few weekends ago before she left for her semester abroad. She’s a cinema studies minor and would watch anything but knows that I’m basically only good for chick flicks. 😉 The movie was cute and my sister could guess a few of the twists, but the ending shocked both of us and led to lots of Googling after…watch it if you like classic chick flicks but are looking for something with a little more of a surprise thrown in! We were both pretty confused but thought it was a good, underrated movie!