Before you watch any of these suggested movies, please note that I am open to watch almost anything for at least the first twenty minutes. I love discovering little known, off beat films. Please also note, I am far from Ebert and Roper. With that said, here we go!
Medicine for Melancholy
A little bit about Black culture; a tiny bit about gentrification in California. This movie is mostly about nothing at all, but wrapped in the premise of a love story. The main character aims to take a one night stand a little further. It's unpredictable because the journey is going nowhere. Nevertheless, this movie was entertaining enough to keep my interest all the way through. Not your typical Indie film but I'll take it.
A Little Help
I really liked this one. A woman in an already fragile emotional state loses her husband unexpectedly. It's seemingly a romantic comedy, although I'm not entirely convinced that was the intent. The woman is just such a character herself, it forces a certain comedic value in her exchanges with others.
This was not at all what I thought it was going to be. I added this movie to my queue when it was suggested after I had finished watching something else. The description was pretty vague, so I put off watching it for weeks because it included "contains explicit content". I wasn't sure how to interpret that coupled with the fact that it was NR. When I finally did watch it I found it to be the complete opposite of what I thought. Well, mostly. The main character in this film finds a bunch of money inside an item she purchased at a yard sale. Conflicted about whether or not she should return the money, she opts to stalk the old lady that sold it to her, determined to repay her "debt" with good deeds. Ultimately she wins over the old lady, but not for the reason you think. *spoiler alert* The chick is a porn star, hence the NR rating. However, the "explicit content" was fairly short. You could probably skip the scene entirely and it wouldn't take away from the rest of the film.
I decided to watch this film because Kerry Washington was one of the main characters. As an avid Scandal watcher and a fan of Kerry since Save the Last Dance, I had to see what this film was for myself. This is a coming-of-age film about how the friendship of three teen-aged girls evolves over the course of one summer. It owned up to the description without promise of much more. I peg this one as a rainy day, nothing-else-to-do type of movie. I didn't have anything else to do that day.
Stuck In Love
So, I only watched this one because Kristen Bell was in it for like five seconds. It's about a middle-aged divorcee trying to cope with his failed marriage, while also raising their two children. There's not much more to the plot but I teared up a little at the end. Super cute rom-com.
Omar Epps stars in this film about a recently released felon who takes on his twin bother's identity after he meets with an untimely death. I think I hit the jackpot with this one. It is so hard to find Urban cinema that my husband hasn't seen yet but is also entertaining. This one delivers. The ending alludes to a sequel but I didn't find one when I searched online. Oh well.
I really enjoyed this movie. You think you know where the plot is going but you don't; not even a little bit. The main character fled her old life and ends up in the arms of a charming widower with two children. The ending made me go back and rethink the entire movie.
This film was quite awkward. I LOVE Julia Stiles and Taye Diggs. However I don't know about this one. It's basically about the complexities of marriage told through the interaction between two couples. The plot was different... Come to find out, the genre of this independent film is called mumblecore; characterized by naturalistic dialogue. The dialogue was very natural, including awkward pauses and a general lack of direction. It was equivalent to watching the home video of a dinner party at your mother-in-law's house. I kept waiting for the plot to materialize, but it never really took off. However I don't entirely regret watching it. The discussions really made me do a lot of personal reflecting.
James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas
All I can say is this movie was a complete tear jerker. The story line unfolded as the main character read the diary of her boyfriend's wife that had passed away. Normally I don't like films that flip back and forth from the past to present day. Even so, the story was easy to follow and totally endearing. I found myself captivated and rooting for the characters all the way through.
You may actually have seen this one but I have to mention it. It sat in my queue for a long time because the synopsis is vaguely dark. But I like Reese Witherspoon so I finally went ahead and watched it. I distinctly recall putting my laundry down to bawl my eyes out. Holy crap! Reese Witherspoon is convincing as a distraught mother searching for her son. This movie was based on a true story, and has a made-for-tv feel to it.
I hope I have successfully given my take on these films without giving away the plot (or plagiarizing the Netflix synopsis). If ever you feel as though you can't find anything to watch, give one of these a try. Enjoy your movie night!!!