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Two New Romances on Netflix, and One is Actually Worth Your Time


Sometimes a synopsis of a movie sounds just like a romance novel. It’s engaging, and surprising, and makes you think, Wow! I can’t wait to see how that plays out!

Unfortunately, more often than not that movie is also terrible, made for tv, and on a station that isn’t known for quality. The occasional bad tv-romance is fun, if that’s the mood you’re in, but a good romance is a rare jewel.

I recently watched two films from 2015 now available on Netflix streaming.

SlowLearners-Shot[1]First, Slow Learners (5.9 on IMDB) is listed as a goofy romance.

Two friends and colleagues with failing love lives make a pact to transform themselves and embark on a boozy, sex-fueled makeover campaign.

What sounds like a fun premise instead devolves into alcohol, insults, and one-night stands. By the end of the film, the two cute characters you kind of pitied but hoped would get together have changed. They changed so much, you kind of hate them.

Second, Man Up (6.8 on IMDB) sounds like a romance, and even better, it actually follows through on the intriguing premise:

A single woman seizes and opportunity when, while standing under a train station clock, she meets a stranger who mistakes her for his blind date.

The single woman is played by Lake Bell, who tones down her gorgeousness and throws on a british accent, and Simon Pegg. Simon Pegg isn’t the first actor you think of for heart throb, unless you’re really into Scotty from Star Trek, but the movie does exactly what a romance should: it shows why these two characters, despite all their quirks, belong utterly together. It’s sweet and witty, with some uncomfortable scenes and tender moments.

Even better, I didn’t hate anyone when it was over.

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About Lela Bay

Lela lives in a modest house in a modest town with her husband, children, and pets. Despite living so far north, she requires a certain amount of sunshine each day or she gets grumpy. Her hands are always cold, but her heart is warm. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys strolling, gardening, reading, and tea time with friends. Music has always been a large part of her life, and she owns a ridiculous number of instruments, though these days she mostly plays Rock Band. Lela’s favorite romance authors include Laura Kinsale, Jennifer Cruise, and Jane Austen. She enjoys stories with intimacy and humor. Favorite movies include Overboard, All of Me, North & South, Pride and Prejudice (miniseries with Colin Firth, please), The Princess Bride, and While You Were Sleeping. On television she is a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, Downton Abbey, and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. She frequently contributes movie and entertainment reviews to Meant to Be Press. Follow Lela on twitter @bay_lela

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