With so much content on Netflix Instant it is easy for some titles to just get lost in the shuffle, and with Netflix streaming now accounting for the majority of all American internet traffic, someone needs to start sorting this all out. Welcome to Netflix Top Picks, where I will select items from the Netflix Instant service you just have to add to your queue. This edition is about a type of comedy that almost died in American theatres until a little film by the name of American Pie revived it, the R-rated comedy (incidentally, The R-Rated Comedy Edition was also the very first Netflix Top Picks back on 4/2/11!).
Title: Tom Cats
Genre: Comedies, Late Night Comedies, Slapstick Comedies
Run Time: 94 minutes each
Directed By: Gregory Poirier
Starring: Jerry O’Connell, Shannon Elizabeth, Jake Busey, Horatio Sanz, Jaime Pressly, Bernie Casey, David Ogden Stiers, Travis Fine, Joseph D. Reitman, Nikita Ager, Kam Heskin, Bill Maher, Julia Schultz, David St. James
Synopsis: A pot of money awaits the last remaining bachelor in a group of buddies — and with only two left, one of them schemes to get his competitor married.
My Analysis: I love this film, and I’m really not sure why. The acting is awful, even from the cast members actually capable of acting. The jokes are a little over-the-top and almost always raunchy to the point of being too much, and the whole premise is just ridiculous. Yet, I love it anyway. In fact, it took me forever to watch this again since I assumed that I would hate it after having not seen it since a teenager; I was shocked to be wrong. This very over-the-top, sex crazed slapstick comedy has a fair share of laugh out loud moments in-between some occasionally very 90’s moments (despite being released in 2001). Give it a watch, it is a quick 94 minutes.
Title: Dazed and Confused
Genre: Comedies, Independent Movies, Cult Comedies, Late Night Comedies, Independent Comedies
Run Time: 102 minutes each
Directed By: Richard Linklater
Starring: Jason London, Rory Cochrane, Wiley Wiggins, Sasha Jenson, Michelle Burke, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Matthew McConaughey, Marissa Ribisi, Shawn Andrews, Cole Hauser, Milla Jovovich, Joey Lauren Adams, Ben Affleck, Deena Martin, Parker Posey
Synopsis: Director Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age comedy follows a group of teenagers on their last day of school in 1976, centering on Randall “Pink” Floyd, who moves easily among stoners, jocks and geeks.
My Analysis: I don’t know what I enjoy more about Dazed and Confused: The fact that it is just a feel good type of movie, or maybe the fact that it seriously has no plot at all. Maybe it is the absolutely ridiculous amount of recognizable faces performing in many cases their first actual role in a major film. If for some reason Dazed and Confused has avoided your attention thus far, correct this problem immediately. Truly a fantastic teen film.
Ok, so we have to admit, not everything is a “top pick” on Netflix Instant. Sometimes this is obvious, other times not so much. Whatever the case, What Not To Watch is a segment within a segment that will try to influence you from avoiding something genuinely unpleasant. In other words, this just isn’t worth the bandwidth.
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Deadly Disasters
Run Time: 103 minutes each
Directed By: Mick Jackson
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann, Don Cheadle, Jacqueline Kim, Keith David, John Corbett, Michael Rispoli, John Carroll Lynch
Synopsis: Earthquakes look like child’s play compared with what Mother Nature is throwing at Tinseltown this time. A volcano erupts and threatens to engulf downtown Los Angeles. But fear not: a scientist and the kick-ass head of a crisis team get to work.
My Analysis: Scissors beats paper, paper beats rock and lava beat everything… except Tommy Lee Jones. If you think that was lame, consider this; that was actually (more or less) lifted straight from the film. Volcano is about a volcano that suddenly pops up in downtown L.A. Lava and chaos flows immediately after and somehow, Tommy Lee Jones manages to turn a volcanic eruption into a joyful one. Volcano isn’t so much bad as it is just really, really not good. The premise for a disaster film could have been all right, but instead we got this.
Due to Netflix constantly updating and changing the content on their service we cannot guarantee that the content listed in this article will be available for any particular length of time, nor can we guarantee it is available in all regions. We do make a genuine effort though to never include any item that Netflix has marked with a limited availability.