It’s hard to think of two actors etched deeper into the early ‘00s rom-com zeitgeist than Ashton Kutcher (Just Married, etc.) and Reese Witherspoon (Four Christmases, etc.). Written and directed by The Devil Wears Prada’s Aline Brosh McKenna, Your Place or Mine is well aware of this fact, and even goes so far as to overlay its first scene, which takes place in 2003, with cheeky, cutesy text bubbles labeling things that place the characters in this faraway time (a wallet-chain, flat-ironed hair). Referencing the golden age of rom-coms in a time when the genre is unmistakably suffering—verging on obsolete—is already a big gamble, and immediately juxtaposing Your Place or Mine with much better films gives it an unfair disadvantage right out of the gate. And it’s a disadvantage that it doesn’t need.
The film follows pragmatic L.A.-based single mom Debbie (Witherspoon) and wealthy New York bachelor Peter (Kutcher), longtime best friends who hooked up two decades ago. Debbie is on her way to stay with Peter for an accounting course when her babysitter bails, forcing her to cancel the trip. But rather than let his friend miss out on this opportunity, the selfless Peter drops everything to babysit Debbie’s 13-year-old son Jack (Wesley Kimmel) while she stays at his place alone. Will getting a behind-the-curtains look at one another’s lives make the pals reassess their feelings for one another? You’ll just have to wait and find out!
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Ally (Alison Brie) is experiencing a quarter-life crisis. A big shot in Hollywood, her star-studded world is thrown into orbit when her mega-popular baking/reality show hybrid Dessert Island is canceled after three seasons. To cope with the blow, she returns to her old stomping grounds—the Bavarian-style small town of Leavenworth, Washington—to seek guidance from her doting mother (Julie Hagerty). Almost immediately after touching down in Leavenworth, Ally spots her high school sweetheart, Sean (Jay Ellis), at the local bar. The two quickly rekindle their old flame, leading Ally to wonder if she should just permanently abandon the big city life for pretzels and sauerkraut.
There is one problem, though: Sean is engaged to punk-rock badass Cassidy (Kiersey Clemons), and the two are set to be married that very weekend. And, as wrong as she knows it is, Ally can’t ignore her feelings for her old beau. So, she decides to stay in town and see things through with the groom, and through that resolution sets up a naturally uproarious premise with boundless opportunity for hilarity and heartbreak alike.
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When sitting down to watch a Jordan Peele horror flick, two things are pretty much guaranteed. First, the film will almost definitely explore a cutting, eerily relevant social issue (think: the chilling realities of contemporary race relations in Get Out or the unnerving nitty-gritty of American capitalism in Us). And second, it will leave you with a lot of questions.
Peele’s most recent endeavor, Nope, might be his most thought-provoking. The film follows OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald Haywood (Keke Palmer), two young heirs to a Hollywood horse-wrangling business. The siblings’ lives are turned upside down when a carnivorous UFO, whom they nickname “Jean Jacket” after a family horse, starts to terrorize their family ranch.
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If you’re looking for a new show to binge on Netflix, but find yourself overwhelmed by all of the choices the streamer has to offer, no need to fret! Below, we’ve streamlined your choices so you don’t have to, spotlighting only the best of the best that the site has to offer.
Whether you’re craving a classic sitcom, a horror show to get your blood pumping, a steamy medical drama or a thought-provoking anthology series, we’ve made sure that this list has something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Dive right into the best shows on Netflix and get started on your newest streaming obsession today!
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