It's an eclectic selection for this weekend as Cheddar recommends the Netflix documentary "Our Father," the action blockbuster from India "RRR," the UK rom-com "Starstruck," and two throwback features: the unusual sci-fi romance "her" and the coming-of-age teen summer flick "The Way Way Back."
Our Father - Netflix
Picked by Producer Lawrence Banton
With Father's Day coming up this Sunday, Netflix's Our Father seemed like the perfect weekend watch suggestion. I will warn you though that this one is pretty deranged. Netflix explores the disturbing story of a former fertility doctor, Donald Cline, and how he fathered dozens of children by inseminating unsuspecting patients. Among the many problems here, can you imagine finding out that you have 93 siblings? Cline wasn't caught for decades and after he committed such egregious acts and how it all falls out is one of the more surprising twists in this story.
RRR - Netflix
Picked by Digital Editor Mike Nam
It's hard to describe this truly epic film in a few words. Set in pre-independence India, still under the brutal heel of the British Empire, it features the coming together of two impossibly powerful men in an action-packed story of friendship, betrayal, and patriotic fervor. One, a tribal guardian figure searches for a young girl taken from his village on a whim by the British governor's wife. The other, a police officer, works for the imperial powers to find the guardian while working for his own hidden agenda. One of the biggest blockbusters in India's cinematic history, this over-the-top, roller coaster ride is stuffed with wild stunts, a menagerie of CGI animals, romance — and singing and dancing! Just amazing musical numbers. Don't let the three-hour runtime scare you, however! It goes by lightning quick.
Starstruck - HBO Max
Picked by Sr. News Editor Dina Ross
What happens when your late-night hook-up is actually a famous star, but you're just a regular person? This BBC comedy streaming on HBO Max gives us hope that maybe, just maybe it can work out. (And maybe, just maybe, stars are just like the rest of us). The show's creator Rose Matafeo stars as Jessie, a New Zealand millennial struggling to make it work in London. When she meets Tom, who seems like a pretty good catch (and a pretty big deal), Jessie tries to find the confidence to believe they could actually be a great match. Season 2 dropped on HBO Max in March, and It was just renewed for a third season.
her - Netflix
Picked by Producer Jack Gallop
Did you hear about that news story when the Google engineer was placed on leave for claiming that the company chat AI had developed actual feelings? It’s already been the plotline of many films, but one of the most recent — and popular — is the 2013 drama, her. In the movie, which takes place in a futuristic world, Joaquin Phoenix plays a lonely man who falls in love with an AI assistant named Samantha. Phoenix’s character Theodore goes from reluctant to fiercely defensive over the genuine companionship he gets from the relationship … To me, the film is enjoyable not only because of its oddly-calming ambiance, but because it makes me question everything about how I feel about AI, from its dangers to its benefits. Aside from her being a visual spectacle and well-acted by a slate of A-listers, it’s worth a watch because it’s endlessly thought-provoking — especially fresh off what just transpired at Google.
The Way Way Back - HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime
Picked by Growth Associate Keara O’Driscoll
Alright, I’m back with another teen movie, but in my defense, TikTok told me to watch it. The Way Way Back came out in 2013 but it definitely has a timeless plot. The coming-of-age film is about an awkward tween who is forced to spend the summer with his mom and her obnoxious boyfriend at his summer house. He finds acceptance in a group of misfits disguised as water park workers and is able to escape his troubled home life. The film stars familiar faces like Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Jim Rash, Maya Rudolph, and the queen of early 2000s coming-of-age movies, Anna Sophia Robb.