In the days of social distancing, my world has been absolutely rocked by the joys of Netflix Party. If you’re unfamiliar, Netflix Party is an extension for Google Chrome that allows you to sync up Netflix accounts with friends to watch a movie or show together. A chat bar pops up, so you can enjoy one another’s comments and reactions!
In the past week, I’ve used Netflix Party to try out new-to-me horror movies like Candyman in a reassuring communal environment and introduce my good friends to favorite shows of mine like One Day at a Time.
The options to watch together are as endless as the list of Netflix titles, but I’ve rounded up a few movies that I think are ideal for sharing in a group Netflix Party setting!
Julie and Julia
I’ve actually participated in a Netflix Party already with this movie, and it was such a great time! Nora Ephron is one of my all-time favorites, so the banter and cuteness of Julie and Julia made it a perfect comforting movie to watch with friends.
An added bonus of choosing this for your Netflix Party? FOOD INSPIRATION! Our chat included lots of descriptions of what we were making at home and how we’d attempted recipes that were shown onscreen, and so much more!
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
This is one of my absolute favorite movies, and it would make a lovely pick for communal viewing. On the surface, the plot seems simple: Scott Pilgrim must fight his new girlfriend’s seven deadly exes in order to keep dating her.
But there’s SO MUCH MORE to this movie! The cast is top-to-bottom amazing, with quirky supporting actors like Aubrey Plaza and Kieran Culkin and A-list stars like Chris Evans! The soundtrack is a blast, and director Edgar Wright comes at us with a flurry of dynamic shots!
The excitement, silliness and frenzied energy of Scott Pilgrim Vs The World would provide plenty to discuss in the chat bar with friends!
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
This was the first movie I watched in a Netflix Party, and it was such a calming way to wind down with friends in the evening.
For people who’ve seen it before (like me!), watching To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before in a Netflix Party provides an excuse to revisit all the warm, fuzzy feelings of watching adorable teen love stories!
And if anyone in your Netflix Party hasn’t seen the movie before, it’ll be such a dream to witness your friends falling in love with this cute movie!
Already seen this one a zillion times? Luckily, the sequel is available as an option, too!
A Little Princess
I love this movie. And also it always, ALWAYS makes me cry.
There are absolutely problems due to the time period of the source material (namely: colonialism and cultural appropriation). But it’s gorgeously directed by Alfonso Cuaron, with some truly great 90’s family entertainment vibes.
This is the perfect movie if you just need a catharsis cry about Sarah, her dad, and the fact that WE ARE ALL PRINCESSES, and you get to a) share it with someone while, b) they cannot see your ugly, ugly tears.
Monty Python and The Holy Grail
Excellent news: The preferred movie of high school comedy dorks and theater nerds (both of which I considered myself to be back in the day) is now on Netflix!
Enjoy all the silliness, the famous comedy bits, and the parts that you forgot because you never remembered the back half of this movie when you re-watch with friends.
And if the rest of your Netflix Party came of age with Monty Python and the Holy Grail, too, then you can enjoy quoting things like “tis but a flesh wound!” to each other in the chat.
Spider Man: Into The Spider-Verse
When I saw this movie the first time, it blew me away! The animation is so unique, mimicking the look of a comic, a video game, and a normal animated film ALL AT ONCE!
The great thing is that the story is actually dynamic, and it jokes around about just how many times we as a culture have watched and internalized Spider Man’s origin story.
It’s a perfect group movie: it provides comedy, action, innovation and also John Mulaney as the voice of a cartoon pig!
This movie is BANANAS. I could try to explain it, but it would be hard to do, because most of the time it just does not make enough sense.
Channing Tatum is a dog/human hybrid with rollerblade type things that make him skate on air. Mila Kunis is the center of a universe-wide mystery. Eddie Redmayne HAMS IT UP onscreen in his villain role. And bees have a kind of superpower thing going on??
Even though all of these factors contribute to a bit of a train wreck, there’s also an inherently endearing quality because all of its wacky choices are steeped in sincerity and ambition! Mila Kunis and her wacky band of supporting cast mates will provide exactly the right kind of wild card entertainment for a movie night with friends.
There are, of course, so many other options to explore on Netflix. Hopefully these titles will just be a good place to start planning digital movie dates with your friends while we all take care of one another from a distance!