Summer blockbusters not your thing? Netflix has the answer. Sometimes all you need is eye-candy, cheesy music and a tear-jerking finale.
Pippa Day looks at ten guilty pleasure films and TV shows that will have you reaching for the microwave popcorn.
Magic Mike (2012)
Steven Soderbergh’s stripper flick is the perfect antidote to a bad day. Magic Mike follows a seasoned clothes-shedder (Channing Tatum) who takes a friend under his wing and teach him the way of the man-thong. Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey take their gear off in this movie – need we say more?
In case you were unsure on the matter, rich people have problems too. And this group of rich kids have all the problems at once. This updated edition of the 90’s drama sees wealthy teens battle drug addiction, pregnancy, mental illness, marriage, bad British accents and a whole lot of gossiping. Watch the spoilt brats squirm, and wish you could join them at their fancy parties.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
See an adorably young Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Heath Ledger in a Shakespeare-inspired teen rom-com. High-school boys were never this cool: Ledger’s best scene sees him take over the school PA system and sing ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ to his crush (swoon). Your weekday evening just wouldn’t be the same without this rocking 90’s soundtrack either.
Robert De Niro plays a dancing pirate in drag – and that’s as good as it sounds. A far cry from director Matthew Vaughn’s previous film Layer Cake, Stardust is a romantic fantasy that has laughs thrown in for good measure. Get the perfect excuse to watch by inviting over young relatives for a film night.
If any movie on this list is going to reduce you to tears, it’s this one. Jerry Zucker’s supernatural romance will leave you clinging to your partner and never taking a shortcut down a dark alley again (probably a good shout). Weep while wailing along to ‘Unchained Melody’ (“I neeeeeed your love!”) and simply reply ‘ditto’ to any declaration of love.
The Horse Whisperer (1998)
Robert Redford stars in and directs in this slushy flick about a trainer who has a special connection with horses, and is hired to help a young girl (a 14 year old Scarlett Johansson) and her steed Pilgrim after she is involved in an accident while riding. A touching drama – watch this one for the ponies.
The Princess Diaries (2001)
Mia Thermopolis is a normal dorky teenager, until a long-lost relative informs her she’s actually a princess of the fictional country Genovia. With one of the greatest make-over sequences ever, The Princess Diaries features a 19 year old Anne Hathaway and is a fun-loving teen comedy (The Princess Diaries 2 is also on Netflix if you fancy a double bill).
Gossip Girl (2007-2012)
Disappointed that The O.C. isn’t available on Netflix? Don’t worry. Show creator Josh Schwartz’s Gossip Girl has six whole seasons worth of teen drama. Revolving around revoltingly pretentious high-schoolers living in the Upper East Side of New York City, it follows beautiful people who get into trouble. Xoxo.
Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)
If you’re interested in Katy Perry’s life or missed out on tickets to her California Dreams Tour, catch up with this cheesy documentary. This film should leave you dancing around your living room in sparkly pink pjs singing into a hairbrush and believing you are still eight years old.
Too much schmaltz in this list so far? Cue Face/Off. Absurdity can be brilliant on screen, and John Woo’s thriller see Nicolas Cage’s terrorist swap faces (faces!) with John Travolta’s FBI agent, and hang out of planes shrugging while holding two golden guns. This film has become a cult classic for a reason. “Face…Off.”