April break is quickly approaching. Teachers give a lot of assignments during break so you might be catching up on school work. Some of you may be going on vacation, or enjoying a staycation. Whenever you find some time to relax, nothing is better than Netflix. I know you probably have people recommending shows and movies to you on the daily. But, I’ve learned that everyone has different taste when it comes to such things. So, let’s not think of this as a recommendation, but rather my personal suggestions.
The 100: Recently, a friend of mine recommended The 100. I love watching new shows and I finish them so fast that I am constantly on the hunt for the next. I was a little skeptical at first because I didn’t know if I would like it or not. Reluctantly, I began watching and was immediately hooked on the first episode. The 100 is about a nuclear armageddon that destroys civilization on earth. The only survivors are those on the 12 international space stations in orbit at the time. The stations begin to lose oxygen slowly so they decide to send 100 juveniles to earth to see if it is safe to live there. If you have an interest in dystopian futures like I do, then this show is for you.
Chewing Gum: This British sitcom follows a young woman named Tracy, navigating her way through adulthood and trying to get out of the shadow of her strictly religious household. She battles with the pressure of losing her virginity and becoming her own person, different from what her mother and sister want her to be. The show is really entertaining because it puts a comedic spin on the different obstacles people face while growing up. This is most definitely a show for teenagers and young adults. I don’t necessarily watch a lot sitcoms, but this one really caught my attention. Along with being hilarious, it follows the trials and tribulations of a young woman trying to find herself.
The Model: This foreign movie is about a young aspiring model from Denmark who moved to Paris to further her modeling career. While in Paris, she begins a toxic relationship with a well known and respected photographer. This is a movie that seems to be targeted toward teens and young adults. I suggest this movie, especially if you like foreign films because it has a good storyline and it keeps you guessing about what’s going to happen next. Honestly, I have a huge fascination with foreign movies, particularly those based in Europe. I highly suggest this movie if you don’t mind reading subtitles.
Can’t Buy Me Love: You have to bear with me on this one because this movie came out in 1987. I know it’s pretty old, but it’s actually really good. It does have cliches of your typical high school movie with jocks, nerds and mean girls. But it also has many good qualities. It’s about a boy who pays his “dream girl” $1,000 to pretend to date him so that his status elevates from “geek to chic.” Before you look the other way when it comes to this movie, I want to tell my Grey’s Anatomy fans that a young Patrick Dempsey, aka Dr. Derek “McDreamy,” is in this movie and he is definitely a sight to see.
Nancy Drew: I was pleased to see Netflix add one of my favorite movies! Nancy Drew is based off a book series I read in elementary school. Although Netflix says the movie is recommended for 7-year-olds, I beg to differ because I am 16 and enjoyed the movie just as much, if not more, than a 7-year-old. The movie is about a teenage detective. When she and her father move to California for a few months, she decides to solve a very old and famous murder that even the police couldn’t solve. I’m absolutely obsessed with mystery/cop shows and movies. If you’re a Law and Order or Criminal Minds fan, you will enjoy this film.
I hope these suggestions help broaden your horizon when it comes to scrolling through Netflix. If you do decide to watch any of these movies or shows, let me know and I would love to hear if you loved or hated them.