With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we offer this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair nicely with the latest theatrical releases.
Looking to Identity Thief, Side Effects and Beautiful Creatures for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of road trip comedies, psychological thrillers and fantasy-fueled romances.
Bridesmaids' Melissa McCarthy fronts this road trip comedy as the titular thief whose series of scams threatens the life and livelihood of a straight-laced accountant played by Jason Bateman. To get his life back on track, he must track her down and bring her to justice. Of course, it's a wild ride. John Cho and Amanda Peet co-star; Seth Gordon directs.
A great road trip comedy includes co-stars with great timing and electric chemistry, scads of slapstick and some truly outlandish bits. And the trio below boasts all of the above.
The Sweetest Thing (2002) Cameron Diaz stars as a dedicated heartbreaker whose head spins when she meets the man of her (sex) dreams. Fearing their brief encounter might go nowhere, she and her best gal pal (Christina Applegate) take to the road to reconnect with her missed connection Mr. Right. The humor in this underrated comedy is raunchy and wild. Check it out, and be sure to stay through the credits for Jason Bateman's heartfelt rendition of the Bangles' "Eternal Flame." Selma Blair and Thomas Jane co-star; Roger Kumble directs.
Tommy Boy (1995) Chris Farley fronts this beloved buddy comedy as the titular Tommy Boy, a sweet but deeply dopey young man who has to grow up fast to run his father's business that is on the brink of folding. A snooty numbers cruncher named Richard is tasked with taking him on the road and teaching him the art of the sale. Along the way this odd couple runs into tons of hilarious trouble and learns about bromance. Brian Dennehy, Bo Derek and Dan Aykroyd co-star; Peter Segal directs.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) In this comedy classic Steve Martin plays a harried marketing exec hellbent on getting home in time for Thanksgiving, but at every turn he's running into delays, obstacles and a loudmouthed buffoon played by John Candy. Can they make it to Chicago without killing each other? John Hughes directs.