8 Movies to Watch Without Your Boyfriend
The ultimate in Netflix and chill.
So, remember when Netflix was a thing to do on its own before obnoxious dudes caught on to the “secret meaning” of "Netflix and chill?" Yeah, me too. (Who am I kidding, we ladies do this too. Hell, I’ve done this. But that’s for another article.)
Those were the good old days. Might as well get some Blue Bell ice cream (PRAISE) and spend the night wandering down the road of fake nostalgia all while never leaving your couch. If your boyfriend’s out of the house, or you just felt like spending the night in, here are some of my personal favorite movies to watch when you just need some ~you time~.
IRIS (1 h, 19m) - 2015
I’ll be the first to tell you that I find fashion confusing. I can barely dress myself to look like the teen/adult that I am. (How are 23-year-olds supposed to dress? Asking for a friend.) But Iris Apfel, legendary New York style icon, can make just about anything look good at 93, especially with the help of legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles. Iris’s razor-sharp wit, killer accessories collection and iconic glasses will make you want to reevaluate your style and life goals in a way that reassures instead of inspiring crippling anxiety. I’d especially recommend this if you don’t have much experience with documentaries but you’re willing to give it a try.
Short Term 12 (1 h, 36 m) - 2013
Only watch this if you really need to cry. You will cry whether you want to or not if you watch this. Brie Larson, most recently making headlines for her performance in Room, supervises a group home for at-risk teenagers and tries to manage her quickly complicating personal life. The film also boasts an eccentric and loveable ensemble cast of kids and teenagers.
Lawless (1 h, 55 m) - 2012
I don’t care if your sexual awakening has already happened, Tom Hardy in a cardigan will make you feel feelings. Same for Jessica Chastain, but I feel that way about her in basically everything, so take that as you will. I started this movie thinking I was going to hate it and I ended up really enjoying it. (But, if violence isn’t your thing, this might not be for you — it does get a bit graphic at times.) The movie is even better if you pour yourself some whiskey or mix your favorite cocktail to sip on while you watch, as it’s about a notorious family of bootleggers in Virginia during Prohibition.
CHEF (1 h, 54 m) - 2014
If you watch this movie, make sure you have plenty of snacks nearby. After a famous L.A. chef’s fall from grace, he decides to go an alternate route and start his own food truck while trying to salvage his creative inspiration and his relationship with his ex-wife and son. They drive the food truck all the way from Miami back to Los Angeles, stopping at famous restaurants along the way — a must-watch if you’re looking for some vacation inspiration.
All About Eve (2 h, 18 m) - 1950
We’ve all had female friendships that have been too complicated because of drama, ambition and trust issues. All About Eve details one such friendship between an aging actress and her eager new assistant. I can’t say much more without giving the good part away, but trust me, it will have you on the edge of your seat until the end. A great watch if you haven’t had much experience with Golden Age Hollywood cinema.
The Kids Are All Right (1 h, 46 m) - 2010
Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play a lesbian couple with three children who conspire to find the identity of their sperm-donor dad (played by Mark Ruffalo), which changes their family dynamic in ways that no one could have predicted. This was one of my favorite movies of 2010, and it was made by a female director.
Jane Eyre (2 h) - 2011
As hard as my little 8th grade heart tried, I could not make myself finish Pride and Prejudice. (Sorry, Mrs. Keenliside.) Maybe it's just because I was a late bloomer, but either way, I did not go into this adaptation of Jane Eyre expecting to love it. It features highly underrated performances from Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska.
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (1 h, 40 m) - 2014
Have you ever felt like your life was just missing an Iranian vampire western shot in black and white? Yeah, I didn’t either. But this movie has some captivating characters (human and otherwise), is visually striking and surprising until the credits roll. I would only watch this one if you’re already used to the differences between independent and studio movies because this one sort of straddles the line. Also, watch this if you’re just really feeling like you need a hero in horizontal black and white stripes.
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