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A modern comedy classic and a Netflix doc on addiction: This week’s best and biggest on Netflix

Check out Jordan Parker's 'The week's best and biggest on Netflix' every Friday on HalifaxToday.ca
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Check out Jordan Parker's 'The week's best and biggest on Netflix' every Friday on HalifaxToday.ca.

Wedding Crashers

This Owen Wilson-Vince Vaughn romp is one of the full-out, funniest movies I’ve ever seen.

It’s endlessly rewatchable, and the fast-talking schtick Wilson and Vaughn share is absolutely hilarious. To see these two together is comic gold.

It follows two men who crash weddings to meet girls, but as they grow older, one of them is no longer enjoying the con.

They go forward to one last wedding, but love may just get in the way. With a supporting cast including Rachel MacAdams and Christopher Walken, it’s a bold, brash comedy.

Watch for Isla Fisher, who gives the best performance of her career early on in this raucous flick.

4.5/5 Stars

P.S. I love You

Okay, let’s get this out of the way now. I’m a crier, and I’m definitely a crier during romantic comedies. Well, in all my time reviewing, I must say not many movies have affected me quite like this one.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this film charts the journey of a new widow whose husband left her a series of notes and videos in order to help her overcome her grief.

It’s both adorable and heartbreaking, funny and cathartic. Hilary Swank is incredible here, and Gerard Butler provides some tenderness and emotional depth from the afterlife.

It’s a perfect date movie and one of my favourite modern romantic films.

4/5 Stars

You’ve Got Mail

And now for something a little more classic. Nora Ephron directs romantic comedy titans in this endearing rom-com.

When two business rivals unwittingly fall in love through online dating, sparks alight.

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan find chemistry again after their unbelievable turn in Sleepless In Seattle. This is an adorable little feature.

Supporting cast Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, and Steve Zahn all add joy to the proceedings.

4/5 Stars

8 Mile

This film about a young white rapper on the poverty line in Detroit trying to make a name for himself is actually based on star Eminem’s life.

Between a difficult family life, gangs, guns, drugs and everything else he has to battle, he also fights to find out if he can make it in a world where many don’t want him.

Eminem gives the performance of a lifetime in a film with Oscar-winning music. It’s hugely entertaining, bold and always riveting. 8 Mile is a movie you just won’t see coming.

The late Brittany Murphy is also fantastic, as are Kim Basinger, Michael Shannon and an incredibly young Anthony Mackie.

You won’t be able to help losing yourself in this intense dramatic effort.

4.5/5 Stars

The Pharmacist

Netflix docu-series The Pharmacist follows Dan Schneider, a pharmacist in Louisiana, who attempts to fight the opioid epidemic following his son’s death.

It’s partially about finding his son’s killer – who was murdered while scoring drugs – and part about taking on a pill mill doctor in New Orleans, this is a searing drama.

A crucial, intensely difficult look at the opioid epidemic, heroin use and fentanyl difficulties in the United States, this is one of the best true-crime docs on the streamer.

This will affect you in ways you never thought were possible.

4/5 Stars

Jordan Parker's weekly film reviews can be found on his blog, Parker & The Picture Shows.


About the Author: Jordan Parker

Jordan Parker is a freelance journalist and runs entertainment firm Parker PR. He's been a movie nerd since he was old enough to walk.
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