Lighthearted shows to enjoy on Netflix

By Amber McIver-Traywick

The Surveyor

Netflix began producing their original TV shows in 2013, with huge hits like “House of Cards,” and jumped into films in 2015, shaking up the conventional world of TV and movies forever.

The following are a few Netflix films you might want to check out this summer if the networks are disappointing and the options at the theater aren’t exactly tempting you to pay $12 and take out a second mortgage to buy popcorn.

“Always Be My Maybe” (2019) PG-13

This film, written by Randal Park, Ali Wong and Michael Golamco, follows the love story between childhood friends Sasha (played by Wong) and Marcus (Park). After a falling-out the two don’t speak to each other for 15 years, only reconnecting with each other after Sasha runs into Marcus in San Francisco. Sasha is now a celebrity chef and he works part time for his dad’s HVAC business. Despite the differences, an old flame is rekindled with a few really funny stumbles along the way. One cameo in particular is worth giving it a watch. Users on IMDd give it a 6.9/10.

“Murder Mystery” (2019) PG-13

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston star in this comedy mystery that blew expectations out of the water when 30,869,863 accounts watched in its first three days of being released, which subsequently was the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix film. Had it been released in theaters the opening weekend would have brought in an estimated $120.5 million. The film follows a New York cop, Nick Spitz (Sandler), and his wife Audrey (Aniston) as they finally go on a vacation to Europe 15 years after Nick had promised his wife they would go on their wedding day. Nick lies and says he has the trip booked in hopes of reinvigorating their less than exciting marriage, and the plot begins to unfold. Along the way the couple end up getting framed for the death of an elderly billionaire on his yacht and are now under investigation. 

“Taco Chronicles” (2019) TV-PG

A Netflix original “food-umentary” docu-series all about the food that has its own day of the week – tacos. A word of advice, either watch this while eating tacos, or eat tacos and then watch. Each of the six episodes are only 30 minutes long, so binge-watching will be easy to do, as six styles of tacos are chronicled; al pastor, carnitas, canasta (basket tacos), carne asada, barbacoa and guisado (stews). You’ll be surprised how interesting this food can be. Each episode will take a traditional taco, dissect the history, origins, preparation, fun facts, and highlights of restaurants and taqueros that are considered masters of their various styles across Mexico.

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