The current climate is one we’re not used to but I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking we could get very used to it. With the fabulous summer days come summer nights. I’m not sure about you, but I want to watch something light-hearted that fits the mood of the season and Netflix are doing a superb job with their Summer offerings.
Nearly 80 million accounts have watched a love story (romantic film) on Netflix in the last year – that’s almost 2/3 of Netflix’s global audience. And people aren’t just watching these titles, they’re loving them – of those members who watched The Kissing Booth, one in three viewers have already watched it again.
To help the world continue to feel all the feels, Netflix has added a collection of romantic Original films to the service this summer that celebrate love in its many forms.
If awkward first kisses and charming boys from the other side of town are your thing, might we suggest…
- The Kissing Booth (Now streaming) – When Elle Evans, a pretty, late-bloomer who’s never-been-kissed, decides to run a kissing booth at her high school’s Spring Carnival, she unexpectedly finds herself locking lips with her secret crush– the ultimate bad boy, Noah Flynn. Sparks fly, but there’s one little problem: Noah just happens to be the brother of her best friend, Lee, and is absolutely off limits according to the rules of their friendship pact. Elle’s life is turned upside down when she realizes that she must ultimately make a choice: follow the rules or follow her heart.
- Us & Them (Now streaming) – 10 years ago, during the hectic Chun Yun period, two strangers traveling home meet on the train, what follows is a journey of realizing their dreams, love, breakups. 10 years later, these not so strangers were reunited on a plane.
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (arrives August 17) – What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once? Lara Jean Song Covey’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the love letters for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all– are mysteriously mailed out.
- Sierra Burgess is a Loser (arrives September 7) – A modern rom-com retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story set in high school. The story centres on Sierra (Shannon Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Kristine Froseth) in order to win her crush.
If you love to laugh until you cry, we recommend the witty relationship ramblings of…
- Set It Up (now streaming) – Harper and Charlie are overworked, underpaid assistants wasting their 20s slaving away for bosses who treat them like dirt and work them ‘round the clock. When they realize that they would have much more free time if the people they worked for weren’t single, they concoct a plan to lure their bosses into a faux-romance.
- Alex Strangelove (now streaming) – The story of Alex Truelove, a well-rounded high school senior with a wonderful girlfriend Claire and a bright future ahead of him – and with plans to achieve his last teenage milestone by losing his virginity. But things get complicated when he meets Elliot, a handsome and charming gay kid from the other side of town, who unwittingly sends Alex on a rollercoaster journey of sexual identity, kicking off a hilarious and moving exploration of love, sex and friendship in our liberated and confusing modern times.
- Ali’s Wedding (now streaming) – After a “white lie” spirals out of control, a neurotic, naive, and musically gifted Muslim cleric’s eldest son must follow through with an arranged marriage, except he is madly in love with an Australian-born Lebanese girl. Based on a true story.
- Catching Feelings (now streaming) – A dark romantic comedy which follows an urbane young academic and his beautiful wife, as their lives get turned upside down when a celebrated hedonistic older writer moves into their Johannesburg home with them.
- Ibiza(now streaming) – When Harper’s two best friends tag along on her work trip to Barcelona, they ditch work and fly to Ibiza for Harper, who against her better judgement, falls for a hot DJ.
If you just love to cry, grab the tissues for…
- Irreplaceable You (now streaming) – The story of Abbie and Sam, best friends since childhood engaged to be married, whose lives come crashing down when Abbie is diagnosed with cancer and tries, in many humorous ways, to find Sam a new love.
And sometimes there’s nothing like the love of family…
- The Week Of(now streaming) – A devoted, middle class father determined to pay for his daughter’s wedding despite the prodding of the wealthier father of the groom. A series of calamities forces the dads (and their families) to come together and endure the longest week of their lives.
- Like Father (arrives 3 August) – When a workaholic young executive, is left at the altar, she ends up on her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with the last person she ever expected: her estranged and equally workaholic father. The two depart as strangers, but over the course of a few hilarious adventures, a couple of umbrella-clad cocktails and a whole lot of soul-searching, they return with a renewed appreciation for family and life.
Disclaimer: As a member of the Netflix Ireland Stream Team I have received complimentary Netflix membership and in return will be featuring Netflix related blog posts. All opinions are my own!