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 The To Do List, 2 Guns, and Smurfs 2, for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of summer-set coming-of-age comedies, unconventional cop dramas, and cartoons filled with ‘80s appeal.
The To Do List
It’s 1993 and Brandy Klark is a great student. So when she learns she’s behind the curve when it comes to sex, this high school graduate puts herself on a crash course to have all sorts of experience before college in the fall. Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat star; Maggie Carey directs.
Freed from the tyranny of school and homework, the summer is often the perfect time to set a coming-of-age comedy. The three films below revel in the freedom of summer, while unraveling hilarious and sometimes painfully awkward stories of love and sex.
Can't Hardly Wait (1998) A totally ‘90s classic, this ensemble comedy centers on a batch of newly graduated high schoolers who meet up at a life-changing house party. Whether it’s a spaz looking to lose his V-card, a dreamer hoping to win his dream girl, or a nerd seeking revenge against the jock who made high school hell, tonight is the night to go big or go home. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Lauren Ambrose, and Seth Green co-star; Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan direct.
Adventureland (2009) Set in the summer of 1987, this coming-of-age comedy focuses on a college graduate (Jesse Eisenberg) forced to take a crummy summer job at an amusement park. He finds a bright spot in a promising flirtation with a beautiful girl (Kristen Stewart). But his journey to win her over proves a real education. Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Martin Starr co-star; Greg Mottola writes and directs.
Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) Set in the 1970s, this semi-autobiographical comedy follows the flat-broke Ambromowitz family, who doesn’t let their lack of funds keep them from calling Hollywood home. Vivian (Natasha Lyonne) is becoming a woman. It’s time to learn about puberty, sex, bras, and menstruation…and her single father’s not ready to handle any of it. Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei and David Krumholtz co-star; Tamara Jenkins directs.