Adam Sandler isn’t to everyone’s taste, but if you don’t mind turning your head off and indulging in slapstick jokes and pee, Grown Ups (2010) might be for you. Sandler plays with David Spade, Kevin James, Chris Rock, and Rob Schneider as childhood buddies who reunite as adults – and while they’re older, they’re not necessarily more mature. Sometimes silly laughs are just what you need after a long week. Grown Ups is new to Hulu this week.
Fancy something more elegant? Gemini (2018) stars Zoë Kravitz as movie star Heather Anderson, with Lola Kirke as personal assistant Jill. Things start to get mysterious and murderous in the high life of Hollywood, and John Cho (of Harold, Kumar, and Star Trek) presents himself as a police detective determined to uncover the truth.
Gemini is coming to Hulu on Saturday.
New to Hulu last week is Love, Simon (2018), a romantic comedy-drama about a gay teenager, directed by prolific television director-producer Greg Berlanti. It is based on the 2015 young adult novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli.
“Like the chorus of a Taylor Swift song from the last days, (Love, Simon) will uplift you, damn it, and good luck trying to stop it,” wrote Vulture review Emily Yoshida.
In another recent Hulu arrival, Keira Knightley stars as beloved French novelist Colette in the 2018 film of the same name. New York Observer critic Rex Reed calls Colette “the most important woman writer in the history of French literature” and says the film “is the best, most lavishly decorated and beautifully photographed period film since. years”.
Also new to Hulu recently: Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018), the third and final film in the dystopian teen sci-fi saga.
And On Chesil’s Beach (2018), stars Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle as a British couple whose sexual inexperience leads to disaster.
However you feel about traveling these days, it’s perfectly safe to take a trip to La La Land this week. The 2016 musical stars Ryan Gosling as a pianist and Emma Stone as an actress falling in love in LA, and it’s now on Hulu. The film is perhaps best known for not winning the Oscar for Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards.
It’s only September, but if you’re already planning Halloween, Hulu is here for you. The Scary 2002 American remake of The Ring in Japan is out now, and it’s just as scary as it was when it first came out. Of course, it might seem a bit dated that the movie that kills you seven days later is still available on video tape, but the idea is the same.
Need more fears? The Omen, in which Gregory Peck slowly realizes his adopted son Damien is the antichrist, was scary in 1976, and still is now.
And if you still want to believe it, Fox Mulder’s movie The X-Files (1998) is also on Hulu now. The truth is still there.
In addition to the movies above, you can check out our list of the best Hulu original movies.
Best Hulu Original Movies
It was only a matter of time before a documentary chronicling the remarkable story of teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg arrived. I Am Greta is an intimate look at someone from Thunberg’s school strike for climate action outside the Swedish parliament. We also get to see a bit of her shy college life with Asperger’s. The rare footage is in the safe hands of Swedish director Nathan Grossman, following Thunberg’s galvanizing impact of these stages on the rest of the world.
On the surface, this extraordinary documentary by Bing Liu is a love letter to skateboarding. But scratch a little more and you will find the vast depths of Minding the Gap. A rich and thoughtful story of young people growing up in 21st century America, it explores domestic trauma, systemic racism and classism. It resonates beyond the skate park.
Plan B (2021)
This road trip comedy covers familiar territory, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. Kuhoo Verma and Victoria Moroles play strange best friends: one a cramped college student, the other a slacker who first helps track down a Plan B pill in a conservative small town in South Dakota – in the 24 hours after a regrettable first sexual encounter. Following in the footsteps of the fast-paced and fresh-paced Booksmart, Plan B is a witty, debauchery ride that holds nothing back.
Palm Springs fits right into the charming category of independent films: its new sci-fi premise acts as a gateway to the exploration of deeper ideas. Cristin Miloti and Andy Samberg play Sarah and Nyles, two strangers who meet at a wedding and engage in all sorts of things, including stumbling through a Groundhog Day time loop. Their only chance to escape appears to be related to personal breakthroughs. While landing, Palm Springs should be on your list of viewing destinations.
Big Time Adolescence is a coming-of-age movie that focuses on the mess of growing up. Pete Davidson plays a slacker who befriends 16-year-old Mo. Her influence prompts Mo to try new things, from alcohol to wowing girls at parties. The lessons, as you might expect, are being learned. A smart set, including Jon Cryer, is the icing on the cake bringing this heartfelt gem together.
If you love your Christmas movies with a touch of substance, then Happiest Season is one of the best new gems to slip onto your holiday viewing shelf. Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis star as loving couple Abby and Harper, who meet only one key to their relationship: Harper has yet to come out to her Conservative family. Offering all the warmth of a Hallmark card without any cheesy appearance, and backed by a stellar supporting cast including Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie and Dan Levy, Happiest Season is a smart, modern Christmas movie with an emotional punch.
Nomadic country (2020)
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Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland won awards at film festivals and unsurprisingly took home Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress at the Oscars. Zhao is a true workaholic, directing, editing and writing this contemplative and fascinating drama about a woman (Frances McDormand) who leaves her home to travel to the American West. Get this: The supporting cast members are real-life nomads playing fictional versions of themselves. Check out this extraordinary film from the director who will bring her unique lens to Marvel’s Eternals later this year.
Sarah Paulson had a big year, starring in Mrs. America, Ratched and Now Run, an Aneesh Chaganty thriller (watch her excellent directorial debut Searching). In Run, Paulson plays Diane Sherman, a mother who takes care of her daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen), who uses a wheelchair. But their mother-daughter relationship is more disturbing than it looks. Let yourself be captivated by suspense, mystery and horror as Diane takes helicopter parenting to a new level.
As the great Fleabag said, “Hair is everything.” Bad Hair just might take that to the next level. The horror satire set in the ’80s follows a young woman who reluctantly agrees to be woven – but changing her image to appeal to the image-obsessed music industry has its consequences. Absurdly funny and disturbing at the same time, Bad Hair unveils an entertaining fable that reflects modern life.
Zombies, the Australian outback, and a carefree kids’ school bus are a mix you can expect to end badly. Little Monsters follows kindergarten teacher Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o) on her gargantuan task: keeping her loads safe and unaware of the flesh (and echidna) of the flesh-eating monsters. If she is successful, she will be the teacher of the year. With a Josh Gad stealing the scene, Little Monsters is ridiculously fun using a new brain to take on the genre.
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