Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for May 12, 2016. After the long week you deserve a relaxing staycation with a bowl of popcorn, a bucket of ice cream, and only your Netflix queue to judge you. This past week, Netflix Watch Instant has been kind enough to supply us with Goosebumps, Chelsea Season 1, Grace and Frankie Season 2, and more. Also, find out what is the Netflix and Chill pick of the week.
Goosebumps (Rob Letterman) Rated PG [103 min] – A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland. Starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, and Ryan Lee
I was overly surprised when I first saw Goosebumps. While the marketing presented a fairly childish romp, the comedy is surprisingly mature, with Jack Black giving one of his better performances of recent memory. The ending is pretty cookie cutter and predictable, wrapping up plot threads too conveniently for my taste. But overall, the movie is enjoyable enough for fans of the books.
Young & Hungry (Season 3) (David Holden) Unrated [22 min] – A well-off young tech entrepreneur hires a feisty young food blogger to be his personal chef. Starring Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Aimee Carrero, Kym Whitley, Rex Lee, and Jesse McCartney
While I haven’t seen the third season of Young & Hungry, it’s not the worst series on television. Freeform
ABC Family half-hour sitcoms have a wild amount of adult humor for being so childish in nature. Young & Hungry bears the most amount adult humor out of the network’s comedies with a will-they/won’t-they storyline between a young chef and her boss. It’s passable, light media for tweens/teens to consume.
The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (Joann Sfar) Unrated [1h 33min] – The trials and tribulations of Dany Dorméus. Starring Freya Mavor, Benjamin Biolay, and Elio Germano
I haven’t seen The Lady in the Car, but the trailer is quite titillating. Based on its limited plot synopsis, we don’t have much to go off of. It has a kind of Drive like tone in that there is a slow burn that builds up to a bloody good time. Could be an interesting watch if you have 93 minutes to spare on a rainy day.
Netflix and Chill Pick of the Week:
Baby Daddy (Season 5) (Dan Berendsen) Rated TV-14 [22 min] – A 20-something bachelor bartender becomes an unlikely parent when an ex-girlfriend leaves a baby girl on his doorstep. Starring Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Tahj Mowry, Derek Theler, Melissa Peterman, and Chelsea Kane
Out of all the sitcoms Freeform has to offer, Baby Daddy is the most tolerable of the bunch. Looking past the annoying mom character, this “Three Men and a Baby” premise isn’t so much about the baby as it is a non-complicated love triangle between two brothers and their childhood friend Riley. But why is this the Netflix and Chill pick of the week? The series has two convincingly enough handsome leads that your S/O can get down with and the humor isn’t as unbearable as one would think. Plus there isn’t much out this week. Good luck.
Also Newly Added to Netflix:
- Grace and Frankie (Season 2)
- Chelsea (Season 1)
- The Chosen Ones
- Friends and Romans
- A Stand Up Guy
- Ali Wong: Baby Cobra
- Atomic Falafel
- Sunday Ball
- They Look Like People
- Bleeding Heart
What will you be watching this weekend?
Look forward to more new titles from the Netflix Streaming Report every Thursday on TTRC.
All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com