Summertime is the best time to choose a new movie to gush over or a television series to binge-watch. Here is a list of seven things coming to Netflix early this summer.
1.“Dirty Grandpa” (2016)
Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is a husband-to-be who doesn’t know how to have fun and let loose and is marrying Meredith Goldstein (Julianne Hough), his high-strung fiancé, in a week. He recently lost his grandmother and wants to console his grandfather, Dick (Robert De Niro). His ruthless grandfather on the other hand loves to have fun and lives every day like it is his last. After persuading Jason into driving him to Florida during spring break, Dick drags him to fraternity parties, karaoke bars and more wild events to show him the fun he’s missing out on by getting married to someone so uptight and being pretty uptight himself.
“Dirty Grandpa” is coming to Netflix on May 26.
2. “Kicking & Screaming” (2005)
As a child, Phil Weston (Will Ferrell) lacked every aspect of being an athlete. This caused a strained and distant relationship between him and his father Buck (Robert Duvall). Somehow, Weston grew up to be just as competitive of a father and passes down the feeling of disappointment to his own soccer-playing son, Sam (Dylan McLaughlin). When Phil takes the role of coaching his son’s soccer team, he realizes they have to face their biggest and most intimidating rivals: Buck Weston’s team. The team works together to become the best athletes to assert their dominance over Weston’s father and his team.
“Kicking and Screaming” is coming to Netflix on June 1.
3. “Black Mirror” Season 6
The freakishly psychological series is back after taking a break since 2019, and the anticipation is huge. According to Netflix, this season will be “the most unpredictable season yet.” It’s difficult to explain what Season 6 will be about, but if you’re a fan of the show, you know its unpredictability hasn’t disappointed you in the past. Maybe we’ll see more futuristic-like episodes about the impact of social media and social approval, or maybe we’ll see another one very similar to the simulation seen in The Truman Show (1998). Either way, the cast is packed with wonderful actors such as Michael Cera, Aaron Paul and Rory Culkin, according to Netflix. Exciting, to say the least.
“Black Mirror” Season 6 is coming to Netflix on June 1, 2023. You can watch the trailer here.
4. “We’re the Millers” (2013)
This classic crime comedy is finally making its way to Netflix. After getting jumped by teenagers and finding his way into debt to his drug-dealing supplier, David (Jason Sudeikis) must repay his debt by picking up a new shipment of marijuana from Mexico. To do this, David comes up with a master plan of creating and taking a fake, innocent-looking family on an RV road trip to ease the suspicion. David, his so-called wife Rose (Jennifer Aniston), son Kenny (Will Poulter) and daughter Casey (Emma Roberts) set out on a memorable, perilous journey to change his fate. The plan doesn’t go as smoothly as David would have liked, and that’s what makes it such an entertaining watch.
“We’re the Millers” is coming to Netflix on June 1, 2023.
5. “Stronger” (2017)
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff Bauman, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing that occurred on April 15, 2013. This movie is based on the true story that was written in a book by Bauman after the attack. Bauman wakes up in the hospital as an amputee, losing both legs from the event. As he works his way through physical and emotional recovery, Bauman helps law enforcement identify one of the attackers. Even though this film is just a reenactment of the event, we see a raw and true story of how Bauman’s rehabilitation went, the ups and downs through both support and self-doubt. It’s an emotional watch, but an extremely good one nonetheless.
“Stronger” is coming to Netflix on June 5, 2023.
6. “This World Can’t Tear Me Down” Season 1
This is a new Italian adult animation that seems up the alley of BoJack Horseman and Family Guy if that’s something you’re into. It’s narrated by Zerocalcare (Valerio Mastandrea), a character that tells the story of getting through life despite the hardships one might face. This isn’t something that I would normally go for, but the animations seem really cool and original, such as animals like crocodiles and chickens playing as adults and the punk-esque outfits of Zerocalcare and his friends.
“This World Can’t Tear Me Down” Season 1 is coming to Netflix on June 9, 2023. You can watch the trailer here.
7. “The Perfect Find” (2023)
This Netflix Original follows Jenna’s (Gabrielle Union) attempted comeback and a fresh start as she moves to New York after a tough breakup. When she finally gets her foot in the door at a new fashion company, she pursues a secret love interest with an irresistibly charming, much younger coworker. The catch is that this coworker named Eric (Keith Powers) is the son of her boss, Darcy (Gina Torres). After already risking it all by moving back to New York, Jenna must decide if this love interest is worth it or an even bigger risk that can spark another downfall.
“The Perfect Find” is coming to Netflix on June 23, 2023. You can watch the trailer here.
By Amena Ahmed