As Netflix blows its way into the awards arenas with its original content, the streaming giant still maintains a rolling catalog of classics and new releases from its competitors. Despite the platform''s decreasing subscriber count in recent months, Netflix still has a goldmine of films, particularly in the PG-13 category.
From originals to adaptations, there are a variety of choices to choose from from a movie''s rating. PG-13 is a rating that fills the gap between parents who want to transition their children from family-friendly to slightly family-friendly films. These films include a variety of genres that can fit the audience''s needs.
''''Always Be My Maybe'''' (2019)
Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) were childhood sweethearts that everyone (except for them) thought would meet. Fifteen years later, they reconnect only to discover the spark is still lingering in their adult lives. This Netflix original is directed by Nahnatchka Khan and is the perfect odd-couple romance film to stream.
Wong and Park''s memorable tone and charm have garnered positive reviews from critics and audience members. Even with brief appearances from Keanu Reeves and Daniel Dae Kim, Always Be My Maybe maintains the focus on their main stars. The film explores social issues without implying the romantic narrative.
''''Les Miserables'''' (2012)
The film based on Victor Hugo''s novel has garnered eight Oscar nominations and three triumphs at the 85th Academy Awards. Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, a former cout, who is being hunted for breaking parole by Javert (Russell Crowe). This film focuses on several interweaving characters and their stories during the French revolt known as the June Rebellion.
PG-13 choices to stream during the next rainy day in this critically-acclaimed film have a two-and-a-half-hour runtime that flies by as many actors grace the screen. Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Amanda Seyfried are among the actors.
''''The Adam Project'''' (2022)
Shawn Levy''s The Adam Project features Ryan Reynolds in familiar territory as a comedic action hero. A time-traveling pilot who died in 2022, Adam Reed (Reynolds) tries to save the future with a supporting cast of Walker Scobell, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, and Zoe Saldana. The film has been compared to other popular films.
As Reynolds plays the classic Ryan Reynolds, the film feels familiar, but it gives it some sci-fi action to distinguish it from his other filmography. Where Netflix has flopped with action films, it finds a steady heartbeat with The Adam Project, adding a solid installment to its catalog of original works.
Before Chadwick Boseman wore the Black Panther suit, he joined a Dodger''s uniform as baseball''s legendary Jackie Robinson. This film, based on the film, was left out of any Academy Award or Golden Globe nominations.
Harrison Ford is played as Robinson''s seemingly only partner, according to Brian Helgeland. As Robinson develops, Boseman''s role as Robinson hits every emotional obstacle within viewers as real-life racism and hardship Robinson experience plays out onscreen. Although the film received a PG-13 rating for thematic elements, it is worth watching on the family movie night.
''''The Social Network'''' (2010)
The Social Network, directed by Aaron Sorkin, follows Facebook''s disingenuous rise and the deposition of founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) at the 83rd Academy Awards, with Sorkin claiming one of the best adapted screenplays.
The Social Network is based on Ben Mezrich''s book The Accidental Billionaires. This PG-13 drama snarls back and forth between real-time deposition issues as Zuckerberg arrived at Harvard. With a quick-witted dialogue and exceptional editing, audiences and critics recalled the inside perspective of social media during its development.
''''Crazy, Stupid, Love.'''' (2011)
Cal (Steve Carrell) and Emily (Julieanne Moore) discover a romantic relationship with Jacob (Ryan Gosling, respectively. But Jacob finds herself falling for Hannah (Emma Stone), a young law student who sees through his playboy behaviors.
With any good rom-com, there''s always a twist, and this film delivers. Beloved by viewers and critics alike, this cast balances out without feeling forced or overdone as they all live for the spotlight. Another epic Gosling-Stone romantic partnership, Crazy, Stupid, Love. is the perfect film to pick the next time you''re scrolling through your Watchlist.
''''Enola Holmes'''' (2020)
Enola Holmes, a young female detective, is bringing to the streaming media where her brother, Mollie Bobby Brown, discovers their mother is missing and embarks on a quest to resolve the case. Even with Henry Cavill as Sherlock and Sam Claflin as Mycroft Holmes, Bobby Brown remained the film''s lead.
Enola Holmes is set to be released on Netflix later in 2022. With her role as Eleven in Stranger Things, Bobby Brown is Netflix royalty. For teenagers looking to watch more Bobby Brown roles in one place, Enola Holmes is the perfect film.
Christopher Nolan''sDunkirk, a film on Netlfix, ranks at the top. As Allied troops escape Dunkirk by German forces, British and French forces step up in a mode that suits both people. In a traditional Nolan-style, there are motifs of time and how each set of characters interweave.
Dunkirk gets eight Oscar nominations and three wins for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Film Editing, and is hailed by critics as a technical masterpiece, as well as Nolan''s status as a highly recommended filmmaker. The film comes in just under two hours in runtime and fits in perfectly for any historical film night.
Willowdean (Danielle Macdonald) is a plus-size adolescent who joined Rosie''s (Jennifer Aniston) pageant out of spite but never expected other contestants to follow suit. Dumplin is a dramedy by Anne Fletcher, who is well-known for its ability to bring diverse body representation to the screen, particularly in a pageant film.
The stars and the supporting cast were able to elevate the film and stand out among its competitors in the genre. PG-13''s rating comes mostly from brief, strong words. Instead of hitting "Suprise Me" next time during a Netflix movie night, Dumplin'' should be the first choice.
''''The Other Guys'''' (2010)
The Other Guys brings together two Hollywood stars for the first time. Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) and Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) are polar opposite NYPD detectives forced to join together when a minor incident proves to be a major conspiracy.
Adam McKay, a filmmaker, takes back the usual language and sexuality to get the film a PG-13 rating. Wahlberg and Ferrell are absolute genius as they fight the good-cop and bad-cop personas to prove they are capable detectives when the whole force doubts their abilities. A comedic treasure, The Other Guys, is a film that should not be passed up while it has been available on Netflix.
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