My Netflix Summer Movie Stream

As many of you know, there were a tonne of rainy days this summer in Halifax. That’s cool though because being stuck inside means more time for movies! Yay! So I wanted to share a few bite-sized reviews of what I queued up on Nextflix this summer.

Along with my quickie rating, I’m including a Bechdel Test pass/fail and a “Whilst You Watch” suggestion. Good

Kings of Summer

Bechdel Test: Fail
Whilst You Watch: Order some take-out. There are a lot of food references in this one. You’ll want some good chow.

I LOVED this movie. Sure it’s pretty male-centric but I’d say the coming-of-age aspect was still relatable. Fab performance by Nick Offerman and a too-tiny but hilarious scene with Kumail Nanjiani.


Bechdel Test: Pass
Whilst You Watch: Use individual bowls for popcorn. You don’t know where your friends’ hands have been.

I love a good epidemic/disease/pathology movie. Sidenote: I did my MA Thesis on quarantine in nineteenth century Canada…so yeah, I don’t have to suspend disbelief for most viral outbreak movies- even the monster ones.


Bechdel Test: Fail
Whilst You Watch: Flip through a celebrity rag — because that’s as close as any fan should need to get.

Creepy and poignant. Dystopian stories are another fave of mine. Bonus: CanCon WIN!


Bechdel Test: Pass- but barely (All conversations not directly about men are about an obsession with romance, Jane Austen, etc. So, it’s not exactly a manifesto for female independence.)
Whilst You Watch: Have your stationery ready for some old-timey correspondence. This one will make you want to sip some tea and reconnect with your inner romantic.

Maybe I’m just a sucker for all things Jennifer Coolidge but I also have a soft spot for Keri Russell. Romantics take note: this is as cute of a chick-flick as they come. Bad

The Roommate

Bechdel Test: Pass
Whilst You Watch: Text your BFF every five minutes and ask what she’s up to. Because that’s what best friends do, right?

Sure the movie was formulaic and trite but I have to give points for twisting the obsessive girlfriend storyline towards a friendship angle instead of the usual girlfriend/boyfriend plotline. Don’t get me wrong, this was a bad movie…but in a good way.

Unhung Hero

Bechdel Test: Fail
Whilst You Watch: Have a ruler ready. There are a lot of sizes tossed around and you’ll want to have a frame of reference.

I really wanted to like this documentary. I was hoping the subject would dissect society’s obsession with penis size and maybe engage in some real conversations about size preferences and, if I was really lucky, make some gender comparisons. Instead, it dissolved into following him on a quest to get a bigger penis. It felt self-indulgent and surface-level. I was disappointed. The Ugly

The Pill

Bechdel Test: Fail
Whilst You Watch: Fuck as many guys as you can. Because your body = your choices.

I hate every character in this movie from the manipulative, misogynistic, cheating, protagonist asshole to his manic pixie dream girl who is too Catholic to use birth control but not too Catholic to have pre-marital sex or (spoiler alert) take emergency contraception.

The Wedding Guest

Bechdel Test: I have no idea
Whilst You Watch: Queue up another movie. If you’re anything like me, you won’t make it far.

I only got 30 minutes into this movie before bailing. I can’t really get behind a desperate guy taking advantage of a girl with obvious mental health issues. If you watched to the end, let me know if there are any redeeming qualities.




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