I like Netflix. I’m not here to rant or to provide you with anti-Netflix arguments. I’ve been watching series on it more than ever before and I always enjoy browsing their film library. But recently, and for the first time ever, I had to turn off three movies before they even ended. Why bother dropping so many films if you can’t make them right? I’m not asking for great films, mind you- just giving an opinion about their less than satisfying recent releases. So without further ado, here’s my list of “Netflix movies I couldn’t finish watching“
The Kissing Booth
I’ll never forget Joel Courtney’s terrific debut in J.J Abrams’ 2011 Sci-Fi “Super 8”, in which he played one of the kids who discover something “unusual” in their small town. So to see him end up in a cheesy Netflix chick flick that bored me to tears will certainly be ranked as one of the disappointments of the year. This horrible film about two childhood best friends who have to go through high school together left a bad taste in my mouth. So much in fact that I couldn’t even finish it. There isn’t any redeeming quality about it: it’s badly scripted, badly directed, and the performances are straight out of a Disney TV show. Is this what Netflix aspires to be? I certainly hope not.
This horrible horrible comedy starring Gillian Jacobs (love her on the Netflix series “Love”) as a woman who ditches work to spend some time in Ibiza with her annoying two best friends is an endurance test. There isn’t anything genuine about it or even remotely funny. Instead, you’ll cringe over and over again before you decide to finally turn it off completely. It’s that bad.
This summer’s biggest disappointment as far as I’m concerned. I’ve been waiting to see Kelsey Grammer back on screen for a while now and to see him waste this opportunity on a painfully unfunny Netflix comedy is certainly good enough reason to turn the damn thing off before it ends. Grammer plays a father who tries to reconnect with his daughter (Kristen Bell) when she is left at the altar. What follows is a dreadful trip with sufficient story and character development to fill out a 20-minute short. Unfortunately, “Like Father” runs 98 minutes, and as it ambles along you can feel the life slowly draining from it, before you decide to either 1) look for something else to watch or 2) take a nap. This movie sucks.