Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Jersey Boys, 22 Jump Street And How to Train Your Dragon 2

By Kristy Puchko 2014-06-20 12:58:31discussion comments
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With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.

Looking to Jersey Boys, 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of toe-tapping musicals, TV-inspired movies, and mesmerizing animation.


Jersey Boys
The true and music-laced story of the beloved 1960s rock group The Four Seasons is unfolded, from their roots in the dangerous side of New Jersey to the heights of fame. John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, and Vincent Piazza star; Clint Eastwood directs. Read our review here.

If this adaptation of a jukebox musical has you hankering for more song and dance numbers, we've got a something for every taste. Whether you like your musicals old-school and cheeky, campy and comedic, or drama-filled and dark, we've got you covered.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe star in this Howard Hawks musical comedy as best friends/singers Dorothy Shaw and Lorelei Lee, a brainy brunette and vivacious blonde. The two look for love, but mostly find trouble in this classic that includes Monroe's iconic performance of "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." Charles Coburn, Tommy Noonan and Elliot Reid co-star; Howard Hawks directs.

Cry-Baby (1990) Johnny Depp headlines this outrageous John Waters musical comedy. Its story centers on the love that blooms between a good girl (Amy Locane) and a bad boy (Depp) in a 1950s Baltimore divided along class lines--namely those who have class, and those who proudly prefer trash. Susan Tyrrell, Polly Bergen, Iggy Pop, Ricki Lake, and Traci Lords co-star; John Waters directs.

Rent (2005) Based on Puccini's opera La Boheme, this musical adaptation of the off-Broadway play that became a pop culture sensation centers on a batch of modern bohemians, striving to create art, find love, and cope with drug-addiction and AIDs in New York City. Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson, Idina Menzel, Tracie Thoms, and Taye Diggs star; Chris Columbus directs.
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