What to Watch in the Theater:
Isn’t It Romantic (PG13) is in theaters now. Natalie (Rebel Wilson) bumps her head and wakes up in a PG-rated romantic comedy, where everything in her life has turned around, making it almost perfect. She’s never been a fan of the movie genre, but as she begins to embrace her new self-confidence (and romance), she embarks on a journey to self-discovery, full of rom com cliches. While poking fun at the genre, this movie turns out to be the best kind of rom com – full of important messages about loving yourself and not needing the perfect romance to live your best life – with lots of laugh out loud moments.
Our rating: 4.83 out of 5
Happy Death Day 2U (PG13) is in theaters now. This movie picks up where the last left off, so you definitely need to see the first before this sequel. Tree ends up back in her birthday loop again, but things are VERY different this time. A science experiment causes her to be living this day in an alternate universe, which means the killer is different, and other parts of her life are better AND worse. She has to die over and over (again), to help with the experiment AND make a big decision about her own fate. This one is just as fun as the first, with fewer horror elements and more relationship drama.
Our rating: 4.25 out of 5
What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Uncle Drew (PG13) is available on DVD. We’re generally not sports people, and even less so basketball people, so this movie surprised us. Dax (Lil Rel Howery) struggles to put together a team for a big tournament, and ends up rounding up a dream team from the past. It’s more about the journey than the actual game (although the game play, full of real superstar athletes who look like old geezers, is amazing). It’s fun to see the characters come to life and how they interact. There’s a lot of comedy, some heart, and oh yeah, some pretty great basketball.
Our rating: 4 out of 5
The Umbrella Academy (TV14) is streaming exclusively on Netflix. This series is reminiscent of the X-Men, and based on the Dark Horse comic of the same name. After kids with powers are mysteriously born on the same day, an eccentric billionaire adopts 7 of them, and assembles them into a superhero team. We join the story years later, as the remaining children return following the mysterious death of their father figure. Their long-lost time-traveling brother returns as well, with a mission to stop the fast-approaching apocalypse. We’ve watched a couple of episodes, and are still learning the backstories and powers of each sibling, but we’re definitely intrigued.
We’ll continue watching this show.
Major League (R) is available on DVD. This 1989 movie centers on a baseball team whose owner wants to move them from Cleveland to Miami, but she can’t do that unless attendance at the park drops to really low levels. She purposely recruits a batch of problematic athletes, in the hopes that they’ll be in last place. The personalities clash and they’re terrible at baseball, but they want to get better! It’s definitely R-rated in humor and language, but it’s a fun film full of misfits who learn to work together toward a common goal.
We recommend this movie.
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Watch the video from the Isn’t It Romantic premiere here.