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Why Phoebe Robinson Made Emergency Contraception a Plot Point on ‘Everything’s Trash’

Why Phoebe Robinson Made Emergency Contraception a Plot Point on ‘Everything’s Trash’

If we’re going to show sex in shows, I think it’s important to illustrate the totality of sex and the different kinds of experiences people can have—including contraceptive use—in order to normalize all of it. If you’re making someone laugh about an important issue, or you’re otherwise entertaining them, their guard is down and they’re better able to listen and receive the message—as opposed to presenting it dryly, with stats and other information that might make people’s eyes glaze over.Entertainment is a way to start conversations and have discussions about divisive topics in a way that breeds empathy. It can go a long way toward helping some people feel seen in their experience and helping others empathize with an unfamiliar experience through a character—which can then help them empathize in real life, with their family, friends, or even strangers.Whether it’s with Everything’s Trash, or podcasts, or my book imprint, Tiny Reparations, I always want to show the totality of the human experience. We’re living in a time where there’s a culture of, “I’m right”—the way that I choose to live is the only correct way to live. But I want to challenge that by asking questions: What about this? What about that? What are you not considering?We’re all flawed, we all make mistakes, we all have things that are lovable about us, and we all have things that are infuriating about us. If we could all just admit that we’re human, and that we’re going to be wrong about some things, and that life can be messy and tricky, I think we’d be kinder—to ourselves and to other people. And that kindness, I believe, would start to break down the pervasive attitude of, “Well, I’m right, and I know how everyone else should live”—whether that’s with reproductive rights or any other issue.Speaking of kindness, my show is based on my 2017 essay collection Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay, and I think the “but it’s okay” part is crucial. When I wrote the book, I really just wanted to say, yes, things seem hard, and heavy, and insurmountable (my pre-2020 self was adorable), but listen, we’re all a part of the trash. We’re all in some way contributing to it, whether in big ways or small ways. So if we can acknowledge that, then maybe we can finally roll up our sleeves and do the work.And while the work is important, we should also make room for joy. For Black women, in particular, I know how tough life can be for us. How society has a very limiting understanding of what it means to be a Black woman. How we’re not respected and treated as equals, yet we’re expected to save the day. And we’re also expected to represent all Black women. I want Everything’s Trash, which shows all different kinds of Blackness, to help Black women feel seen and heard, and to allow them to laugh, enjoy themselves, and have some levity in their lives. There’s a lot of, “Hey, Stacey Abrams, do this or do that” type of pressure on Black women, but can Stacey get a night off? Can she have some fun? Can she feel good? The onus shouldn’t be on us to just fix everything.

‘P-Valley’ Star Brandee Evans Says Being Her Mom’s Caregiver Is ‘Bittersweet’

‘P-Valley’ Star Brandee Evans Says Being Her Mom’s Caregiver Is ‘Bittersweet’

It’s funny because I’m getting this bittersweet relationship that I’ve always wanted with her—but she’s not the same mommy that I knew growing up. But I’m just thankful that she’s here, and that I know that she loves me. Deep down, she knows that I’m here for her too. I’ve asked her, “Do you know that I love you?” She said, “Yes, because of how you take care of me.” That’s all I wanted to hear my whole life.Did your relationship shift pretty quickly because she was in this new, vulnerable situation?Absolutely. A mentor I had at the time told me, “You’ve got to talk to her about the past, even if you don’t think she understands.” We had a really good conversation, where I said, “These things hurt me when I was a little girl, and I don’t know if I hurt you, but I’m sorry if I did.” It was a beautiful, necessary moment of forgiveness for us. I know that I couldn’t have cared for her in a healthy manner, had I not released that.These days she can’t really communicate the way she wants to. But I feel that deep in her heart, she forgives me, and I forgive her for anything we had going on that was toxic. We’re just living in the moment and being grateful to have each other. I’ve never been more proud to be her daughter.We love that your Instagram captures the joyful moments you find together while you’re caregiving too. Has your mom’s decline in language affected the types of things you like to do as mother and daughter?I still take her out. We went to Mastro’s Steakhouse the other day for her birthday! We still have movie nights, we go to the nail salon. She gets massages from a company called Manly Handz—her arms are really tight, but every time they come, all of a sudden they can stretch out. And she loved those men, honey! I try to do things that I know she’d be doing if she was in 100% good health.A caregiver plays many roles—driver, scheduler, shopper, and of course, home health aide. How did you prepare to take on all these responsibilities?My best friend Latrice, the director of nursing at a hospital in Memphis, did CPR training with me twice. Friends who are nurses and doctors taught me how to change a draw sheet [a small folded sheet that can be easily removed from underneath someone or used to help lift them] and explained, “This is how you would turn her and keep her clean,” so Momma doesn’t have bed sores.I would go to hospitals and ask to see their equipment and which type of mattress they used. I’d sit on the bed and examine everything to see how it worked. Then a friend and I would shop around L.A. to find the equivalent. Thank God P-Valley came right in time after the GoFundMe had run out because I was barely eating. I had just enough for Momma to eat, and friends were literally cooking for us and bringing food over.

16 Must-Watch Black History Movies for February and Beyond

16 Must-Watch Black History Movies for February and Beyond

You’ve probably noticed that the big streaming services—Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu—are highlighting Black history movies throughout February in honor of Black History Month. From documentaries to biopics to historical dramas, there are plenty of options for watching films centered on the Black experience in America. And while watching these movies certainly won’t end racism (only concerted anti-racism from both individuals and institutions can make that possible), they can be a powerful tool in understanding its origins and devastating impact—and in motivating change.It’s simple to share a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on Instagram; it’s more challenging to understand the nuanced context of that time period—and for non-Black people to acknowledge how relatively little progress has been made in this country since then. That’s why, in the spirit of inspiring social change through art, I asked thought leaders in the anti-racism space—ranging from bestselling authors to award-winning filmmakers—to give their recommendations for the most compelling Black history movies to watch during Black History Month and beyond. Whether you’re Black and want to learn more about your own history, or you’re an aspiring ally looking to educate yourself on the Black experience as part of your anti-racism work, or you simply want to enjoy a really good movie, these films are worth adding to your queue.1. Claudine (1974)ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.“Diahann Carroll was a goddess in pretty much everything she starred in, and the 1974 film Claudine is no exception. This movie has something for everybody: comedy; romance; terrific performances from Carroll and her on-again-off-again love interest, James Earl Jones. It’s also a fascinating and honest depiction of Black life in 1970s Harlem—one that differed greatly from the major Blaxploitation films that were coming out around the same time. Throw in a soundtrack of songs written by Curtis Mayfield and sung by Gladys Knight and the Pips, and you get a soulful and surprising time capsule.” —Zakiya Dalila Harris, author of New York Times bestseller The Other Black Girl2. Slavery by Another Name (2012)ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.“This documentary chronicles the years after the Emancipation Proclamation and the systemic inequities created to hinder the Black community from progressing. This is an informative documentary to watch if you want to learn more about how the Black community is impacted by systemic racism. Many people wonder, ‘How did we get here?’ This documentary will help educate viewers on how things unfolded post-Emancipation—and its effects on the Black community today.” —Faitth Brooks, social worker and anti-racism educator3. Fruitvale Station (2013)ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.“This film tells the events leading up to the murder of Oscar Grant III by BART police officers in Oakland, California. The movie was Ryan Coogler’s feature directorial debut, and Michael B. Jordan delivers such a heart-wrenching and beautiful performance. This is one of the few films I always recommend to anyone looking to further their education around the murder of unarmed Black men and women by police in the United States because the storytelling is so compelling—it will definitely cause you to think deeper about the systemic racism in this country.” —Marissa Piña, co-filmmaker of the documentary Black Girl Church4. The Color Purple (1985)ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.“This is the first movie I remember watching that showed me the strength and perseverance of Black women. The film—adapted from Alice Walker’s book of the same name—tells the story of Celie, a Black teenager raised in rural Georgia, and spans decades. There’s humor and joy that balance the dark moments, and it’s a powerful portrait of how racism has affected Black women’s lives on an intimate level.” —Audrey Williams, co-filmmaker of the documentary Black Girl Church5. Rosewood (1977)ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.“Directed by John Singleton, the film is about the 1923 massacre in Rosewood, Florida. I recommend the movie because the story isn’t as well-known as it should be. It began when a white woman, who was having an affair and was also allegedly beaten by the white man she was sleeping with, was discovered injured and screaming by a neighbor. She falsely told her neighbor that a Black man broke in and raped her, which led to a massacre and the destruction of a Black neighboring city, Rosewood, by white mobs. People are finally learning about the 1921 Black Wall Street terror in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and I think it’s important to know that Black communities were thriving in multiple locations in the U.S.—and nearly all were destroyed due to white supremacy.” —Nykesha Geeter, social worker and anti-racism coach6. Black Panther (2018)ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.“I love this movie because you get a taste of the beauty, power, innovation, and liberation that Black people can experience without the devastation of centuries of systemic racism, oppression, and capitalism. It shows us as kings and queens in powerful tribes, using our knowledge, gifts, and talents to build flourishing communities and a peaceful and prosperous lifestyle—while simultaneously maintaining healthy traditions and staying connected to our history and our ancestors. There’s more to the Black experience than systemic oppression, pain, and trauma, and Black Panther displays the beauty and power of Blackness in the most incredible ways!” —Ashani Mfuko, anti-racism motivator and CEO of Ashani Mfuko Consulting Worldwide7. Belle (2013)ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.​​“I highly recommend Belle. Firstly, it’s a historical film that explores forgotten Black history: a mixed-race woman named Dido Elizabeth Belle was an heiress in 1700 Britain. Belle used her status and influence to free slaves and get involved in the abolition movement. Not only does this movie beautifully depict the trials and tribulations she went through, but it’s refreshing to see our resilience in a movie—too often we see Black trauma at the forefront of Black representation. Also, the director, Amma Asante, is the epitome of a strong Black woman, directing this movie in such a flawless way that the education feels natural—you don’t even realize you’re learning because you’re enjoying the film so much!”—Annabelle Woghiren, decolonization, diversity, and anti-racism educator8. ​​Mr. SOUL! (2018)ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.“Pretty much everybody has heard of Soul Train, but what about SOUL!? It was a revolutionary and sometimes controversial PBS variety show that ran from 1968 to 1973. I had never heard about it until I stumbled across this documentary. Created and hosted by an openly gay Black visionary named Ellis Haizlip, SOUL! sought to cater Black art and Black thought to Black audiences during a time when most media portrayals of us were far from favorable. In Mr. SOUL!—a documentary directed and produced by Haizlip’s niece, Melissa Haizlip—the cultural significance of this for-us-by-us TV show springs to life. Come for the riveting history, stay for the countless interviews and dazzling footage of past performances from Nikki Giovanni, Labelle, The Last Poets, Al Green, and many other legendaries.” —Harris9. Just Mercy (2019)ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.“Bryan Stevenson is a well-known lawyer in the anti-racist activism community and the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, which created the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. This movie is an adaptation of his book of the same name, which chronicles his work and journey as a lawyer fighting for Black death-row inmates in the South. His work is moving and deeply compelling. My favorite quote from him is, ‘Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.’” —Brooks[Writer’s note: I may not be an anti-racism educator, but I am a Black woman and pop culture lover, and I second the recommendation for Just Mercy—and I’m not just saying that because dreamy Michael B. Jordan is the star. As you’ll see below, the legal drama tells the true story of American lawyer and social justice activist Bryan Stevenson. He moved to Alabama in 1987 as a recent Harvard Law School grad to challenge bias against poor people and people of color who were either wrongly convicted of crimes or couldn’t afford their own representation—injustices that are heartbreakingly just as relevant today.]10. Black Is King (2020)ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.“While Beyoncé’s musical film is a visual companion for the live-action remake of The Lion King, it stands on its own as a beautiful tapestry of African culture. The theme of overcoming self-doubt, a common experience in the Black community resulting from centuries of racism, is woven throughout and paired with amazing songs and visuals.” —Williams11. The Hate U Give (2018)ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.“I loved this movie so much. First, I appreciate the fact that the main character, Starr Carter, is a Black teenager shown in a two-parent home with parents who are doing everything ‘right’—and have even taken the extra precaution of sending their children to a school outside of their lower-income neighborhood in an effort to protect them from the traumas that surround the community. But even their parents’ best efforts and the fact they have a ‘good cop’ as a close relative can’t protect the Carter children from continual trauma. What I love about this story is the fact that it can help people to recognize the implicit biases they may hold—yes, even if they have Black friends. And it also shows that even if Black people are working hard to protect themselves and their children from community violence, it can still show up in an instant. It’s not Black people who need to be ‘fixed’—we have spent decades trying to be ‘good’ and assimilate to white culture, and regardless of our efforts, we are still killed with no accountability by the non-Black people who murder us.” —Geeter12. 13th (2016)ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.“It wouldn’t be right, as a documentary filmmaker, to not recommend a documentary. 13th is a masterclass in powerful storytelling done by none other than the queen herself, Ava DuVernay. This film tackles the history of racism within the criminal justice system in America, from the end of the Civil War all the way to the modern day. To anyone looking to learn more about the carceral system, mass incarceration, and the systemic racism tied into these systems, this is the documentary for you.” —Piña13. When They See Us (2019)ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.“For Black people, the story—of the unlawful arrest and prosecution of the five Black and Latino teenagers known as the Central Park Five—is hurtful, but not surprising. Again, Black children are put into a situation outside of their control. Again, people who are supposed to protect them and work in their best interest ignore evidence proving their innocence and send them to jail, completely ruining their young lives. I believe this is a docuseries that should be watched by non-Black people of all races in an effort to help them understand this case—and the potentially hundreds of thousands of others like it—and why Black people continue to say, ‘Black Lives Matter.’” —Geeter14. King in the Wilderness (2018)ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.“This documentary chronicles the latter years of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. I love the way it explores his triumphs as well as his challenges. If you want to see a non-romanticized version of Dr. King’s life, this is the film to watch.” —Brooks15. Sylvie’s Love (2020)ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.“When we talk about Black history and the Black experience, we have to leave room for art and expression that has a sense of levity to it. Often we see ourselves represented through discussions of trauma and racism, but to see a Black woman on screen, played by Tessa Thompson, so openly loved and successful was a revelation for me. To me, this film reads like the answer to Breakfast at Tiffany’s through the centering of Black women. It’s beautiful to watch, the costuming is exceptional, and the love story hooked me from the beginning.” —Piña16. In Our Mothers’ Gardens (2021)ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.“Black motherhood is complex, but this documentary carefully peels back its layers. It’s a beautiful tribute to Black mothers, while also being an honest picture of how America’s racist history has affected generations of women and their children.” —WilliamsRelated:

Michaela Coel Dedicated Her Show to Sexual Assault Survivors in Her Powerful Emmy's Speech

Michaela Coel Dedicated Her Show to Sexual Assault Survivors in Her Powerful Emmy's Speech

In one of the shortest but perhaps most powerful speeches of the night, Michaela Coel took the stage to accept her history-making Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie. In the speech, she gave the audience a dare.“Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable,” Coel said. “I dare you.”The award was for I May Destroy You, Coel’s show about a young writer’s life after sexual assault. The series is fiction, but it reflects Coel’s own experience; she was assaulted while writing and starring in her first show, Chewing Gum. In the brief acceptance speech, Coel went on to dedicate I May Destroy You to all survivors of sexual assault.“In a world that entices us to browse through the lives of others to help us better determine how we feel about ourselves, and to, in turn, feel the need to be constantly visible—for visibility, these days, seems to somehow equate to success—do not be afraid to disappear,” Coel said. “From it, from us, for a while. And see what comes to you in the silence.” After a few thank-yous, she added, “I dedicate this story to every single survivor of sexual assault.”Coel opened up about her sexual assault in 2018, saying she had gone out for a drink with a friend and, the next day, realized that she had been assaulted. While Coel told NPR that she purposefully kept some differences between her own experience and the one portrayed in her show, she said she wanted to write a story she knew too many could relate to.”I realized that many people had some sort of experience that was connected to mine,” Coel told NPR in 2020. “There were so many different ways to explore consent and how it affects us today. What better place for a story than one that I felt many people could find an identification in?”In addition to her message of support for survivors, Coel’s Emmy’s speech resonated with many who feel overwhelmed, overworked, and overlooked. Speaking in a world where social media has tremendous influence and taking a break from it is the exception rather than the norm, Coel encouraged silence—something it can feel like it takes courage to face. This story originally appeared on Teen Vogue.Related:

Lizzo Tells Fans to ‘Give Me 6 Feet’ As the Delta Variant Surges

Lizzo Tells Fans to ‘Give Me 6 Feet’ As the Delta Variant Surges

As the U.S. enters another COVID-19 surge, Lizzo has an important message for her fans: Keep social distancing because the pandemic is not over. “Hey, this is a public service announcement, I’m just putting this out here right now,” the Grammy-winning rapper said in a video on her Instagram. “I don’t care who you are—you could be the nicest person, you could be vaccinated, you could be quadruple vaccinated. If you see me, please give me six feet. This shit is coming back, COVID, and people are being real sloppy with personal space.” Lizzo clarified that “It’s not you, it’s me. I’m not trying to catch nothing.” With her safety in mind, Lizzo said she doesn’t want people to get too close to her, but she doesn’t want them thinking it’s because she has a big ego. “At this point, I’m going to be slightly rude about it,” she said. “Don’t think, ‘Oh she’s a celebrity, she thinks she’s all that.’ It’s not that, boo-boo. You know what I think I am? Healthy. You know what I think I am? COVID-free. You know what I think I am? Full of vitamin D and vitamin C. You know what I am? Safe for my friends and family to be around, and my coworkers and teammates. That’s who I think I am.” Of course, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t love and appreciate her fans. “We can have a whole moment from six feet away,” she said. “Show me love from six feet away. I’m not being rude, I’m trying to protect my mother. I’m trying to protect my team.”In particular, Lizzo expressed concern about coronavirus variants spreading, such as the highly transmissible delta variant. “It’s spreading and we don’t really know details about this,” she said. “Vaccinated people are getting it.” Experts say the current COVID-19 vaccines still provide significant protection against the variants and drastically reduce the risk of being hospitalized or dying due to the virus, but breakthrough infections are possible and can still be unpleasant. The delta variant now accounts for the vast majority of COVID-19 infections in the U.S.That’s why, “until this is cleared up and we know what the fuck this variant is,” Lizzo requested people give her personal space—and that they take steps to stay safe themselves. “I love y’all and I want y’all to be the same way,” she said, imploring people to take vitamins, wear a mask, and even double-mask. “Protect yourself.” Related:

23 Sexy Movies You Can Stream on Hulu Right Now

23 Sexy Movies You Can Stream on Hulu Right Now

There’s an overwhelming number of sexy movies on Hulu, whether you’re in the mood for a romantic comedy or a supernatural flick. But scrolling through countless titles can really kill the mood (and who wants that?), so we did the work for you. Below, browse our list of 20 sexy movies on Hulu in case that’s what you’re after. You’ll find films that include a range of plotlines and moods to keep you entertained no matter what vibe you’re feeling at the moment. (You can also browse our list of sexy movies on Netflix for even more ideas.) So get ready to fire up the TV (or computer) and settle in for an exciting evening at home—either alone or with a partner. Happy viewing!1. The Shape of Water[embedded content]YouTube
Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar-winning movie will make you rethink what a sexy leading man can look like. The Shape of Water follows Elisa (Sally Hawkins), who works in a high-security government laboratory. She leads a fairly isolated life until she befriends one of the lab’s biggest secrets—an amphibian man (Doug Jones). The pair become close friends and eventually more. The sci-fi film is full of beautiful imagery, lots of sexual tension, and a pretty intense bathtime sex scene.2. The Photograph[embedded content]YouTube
This is a tale of two love stories. The first focuses on present-day Mae (Issa Rae) and Michael (LaKeith Stanfield) while the second revolves around Mae’s mother, Christina (Chanté Adams), and her former love, Isaac (Y’lan Noel). Christina was a photographer who dreamed of making it big in New York City while Isaac preferred his quiet life in Louisiana. Ultimately, Christina makes it to the city, becomes a famous photographer, and has Mae. As an adult, Mae’s love life reflects her mother’s. Mae starts dating Michael, a journalist writing about the now-deceased Christina—just as he gets a job in London. The movie switches between Christina and Mae’s stories and offers both sweet and sexy moments.3. Four Lovers[embedded content]YouTube
This French film is about two married couples who start swapping partners after one very flirty dinner party. Although there are numerous erotic scenes, many viewers talk about one in particular that involves all four individuals, some pastry flour, and yes, sex. Initially, the couples are close friends, and their arrangement is carefree. However, things get complicated as everyone learns how to navigate their relationships, parenting, and their emotions.4. Meet Me In Montenegro[embedded content]YouTube
Meet Me In Montenegro is based on the real-life romance of filmmaker Alex Holdridge and dancer Linnea Saasen. The two meet in Berlin, have a fling, and decide to travel together. The relationship is cut short when Saasen leaves Holdridge, who continues to think about Saasen even when he returns to the United States. Years later, Holdridge and Saasen meet by chance (again in Europe) and resume their affair, despite living in different countries. In a subplot, Holdridge’s friend attempts to inject excitement into his own relationship by exploring sex parties with his partner. Between the two storylines, we think you’ll enjoy the mix of sexy and heartfelt moments.5. Liz In September[embedded content]YouTube
Every year, main character Liz (Patricia Velasquez) celebrates her birthday at a beach resort with some friends. This year, Liz is privately reckoning with her cancer diagnosis, which she keeps from her friends. At the resort, Liz meets Eva (Eloisa Maturen), who is dealing with her own grief after losing her child. At first, Liz pursues Eva because of a bet she makes with friends. But the two form a deeper connection, and their relationship becomes about much more than sex. Still, you can expect plenty of sexy scenes.6. Just Wright[embedded content]YouTube
There’s plenty of sexual tension between Common and Queen Latifah in this romantic comedy. Queen Latifah plays a physical therapist who helps Common, a basketball player, rehabilitate following an injury. Queen Latifah’s best friend just happens to start dating Common, but that doesn’t stop the physical therapist from falling in love with her basketball star patient. We won’t spoil the ending of this film, which follows the “will they or won’t they” plotline, but we will say it’s definitely worth watching just for Queen Latifah and Common’s chemistry.7. Plus One[embedded content]YouTube
Jack Quaid and Maya Erskine play Ben and Alice, two college friends who get really tired of going to weddings alone. They decide to be one another’s wedding date for an entire year and predictably grow closer during the process. The two start dating fairly early in the movie but soon have relationship problems. Can they make it through the whole year or will they end up going solo once again?8. 28 Hotel Rooms[embedded content]YouTube
What begins as a one-night stand turns into an ongoing affair in this movie starring Chris Messina and Marin Ireland. The two characters meet randomly and have casual sex since both live on opposite coasts and are already in relationships. However, they continue on with their affair and meet up in various cities for some hotel room encounters. Since their entire relationship is based on sex, there are plenty of lusty scenes.9. Vita & Virginia[embedded content]YouTube
Literary fans will find a lot to enjoy in this film depicting Virginia Woolf’s love affair with socialite Vita Sackville West. Set in the 1920s, both writers are married but embark on a relationship that was considered taboo at the time. If you’re a fan of Woolf’s writing, this biopic offers a rare glimpse into the author’s private life and contains plenty of romance, passion, and literary references.10. The Layover[embedded content]YouTube
It’s a tale that’s been told over and over again: Two best friends fight over the love of one person. This silly movie follows two stressed-out friends, played by Alexandra Daddario and Kate Upton, who go on vacation. After their plane is forced to make an emergency landing due to bad weather, the pair meet a very sexy stranger played by Matt Barr. The friends carry out some pretty ridiculous stunts in order to get Matt’s attention. But their antics are fun to watch, and the ridiculous sex scene between Daddario and Barr manages to be equal parts awkward and hot.11. This Means War[embedded content]YouTube
Another film with the “friends fighting over the same love interest” plotline, This Means War is about two CIA operatives, played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy, who both meet Reese Witherspoon via online dating. Predictably, they both fall in love with Witherspoon, and the best friends use their CIA sleuthing skills to try to win her over. Pine and Hardy are both pretty swoon-worthy, so chances are you’ll root for each of them at some points. However, the kitchen sex scene between Witherspoon and Pine is so good, you can’t help but want to see more of them together.12. Professor Marston and Wonder Woman[embedded content]YouTube
For a sexy period piece, look no further than Professor Marston and Wonder Woman. This film is loosely based on psychologist William Moulton Marston, who developed the lie detector test and created the Wonder Woman comic book. More specifically, the film is about Marston, his wife, and the couple’s relationship with their shared lover. Along with learning more about Marston’s inspiration for Wonder Woman, you’ll get plenty of three-way sex scenes.13. Elena Undone[embedded content]YouTube
Elena (Necar Zadegan) is a pastor’s wife who meets Payton (Traci Dinwiddie), a writer, at an adoption agency. Elena already has a child with her husband but wants to add to their family. The two become friends, and to Elena’s surprise, the relationship turns into something more sensual. You can expect plenty of sexual tension as you watch the relationship dynamics evolve from mild flirtation to a full-on affair.14. Save the Last Dance[embedded content]YouTube
As the name implies, this movie is filled with lots of dancing, which can be pretty steamy at times. Aspiring dancer Sara (Julia Stiles), who dreams of becoming a professional ballerina, connects with hip hop dancer Derek. After Sara joins Derek’s world of hip-hop dancing, lots of closeness ensues. One particularly notable scene involves some grinding while the two practice a routine to Pink’s song, “You Make Me Sick.” Lots of people rightfully ridicule certain aspects of this movie (looking at you, Juilliard application dance sequence!), but it’s worth rewatching for the nostalgic view of high school love.15. Ammonite[embedded content]YouTube
Kate Winslet plays paleontologist Mary Anning who lived with her mother and sold fossils in their shop during the 1800s. In the film, Winslet meets a fellow paleontologist (played by James McArdle) who asks her to care for his sick wife, played by actress Saoirse Ronan. Initially, Winslet and Ronan clash, but eventually the two become close friends, and then lovers. Although there is no evidence the real Anning ever had a similar relationship, that likely won’t stop you from enjoying this fictional one.16. Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong[embedded content]YouTube
Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong is a story of chance encounters. Josh (Bryan Greenberg), is an American ex-pat living in Hong Kong and Ruby (Jamie Chung) is a toy designer visiting the area on business. At one point, Ruby is lost, and Josh very politely walks the traveler to her destination. Along the way, the two stop for a drink and flirt until Josh reveals he has a girlfriend. The two separate but run into each other in Hong Kong a year later. They pick up where they left off and spend the night exploring, which includes one romantic dance scene. If you’re looking for a movie that’s over-the-top sexy, this isn’t it. But the anticipation of whether these two will get together is definitely enticing.17. Silver[embedded content]YouTube
This crime thriller stars Sharon Stone who plays a book editor that moves into a new apartment building and starts sleeping with a neighbor, played by William Baldwin. However, Stone starts to wonder if her new lover is trustworthy when her other neighbors die suspiciously. It doesn’t make Stone feel any better when her landlord warns that Baldwin could be dangerous. Who is the real killer? Can Stone trust Baldwin? This movie will keep you guessing while providing many erotic scenes.18. Monogamy[embedded content]YouTube
Chris Messina plays a photographer who secretly follows his clients and takes photos of them from afar upon request. (It’s a totally bizarre ask, but Messina’s clients want to see how they appear to others while going about their daily errands.) Messina is happily engaged to his partner, Rashida Jones, but that changes after he takes on a new client, played by Meital Dohan. Messina begins to lust after Dohan after she masturbates in the park while he watches from afar. After that, he can’t stop thinking about her, and over the course of the film, Messina’s obsession grows as he carries on a voyeuristic love affair.18. Premature[embedded content]YouTube
This coming-of-age film follows the romance of a New York City teen Ayanna (Zora Howard) who meets musician Isaiah (Joshua Boone), the summer before going to college. You’ll see Ayanna navigate all of the intense feelings that can come with finding your first love: passion, romance, and jealousy. The two have an intense connection, so you’ll get plenty of sexy scenes, but you’ll also enjoy the satisfying plot and watching Ayanna experience the bliss, lust, and heartache of falling in love.19. Friends With Benefits[embedded content]YouTube
Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake explore the nuances of no strings attached hookups in Friends With Benefits. Initially, their casual relationship goes pretty smoothly, and the two stay friends when Kunis breaks things off to form a real relationship with someone else. But their relationship becomes more complicated when the two start hooking up again and question whether it’s possible to keep things casual in the long term. This movie offers the right balance of sexy and feel-good vibes.20. The Last Mistress[embedded content]YouTube
Set in the 1830s, Ryno (Fu’ad Ait Aatou) visits his mistress Vellini (Asia Argento) one last time just days before marrying his fiancée Hermangarde (Roxane Mesquida). Hermangarde’s grandmother, played by Claude Sarraute, learns about Ryno’s affair and demands to know the full story. In flashbacks, Ryno recounts the affair in full detail (yes to his in-law!) but claims that he is now fully dedicated to his fiancée. Ryno and Hermangarde get married as planned, but Vellini doesn’t intend on losing her long-time lover. You’ll have to watch to see how this story ends.21. Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies[embedded content]YouTube
Sexy films can be educational too, as this documentary exhibits. Skin explores the history of nudity in movies from the very beginning with silent films to modern-day Hollywood movies. Yes, there’s plenty of nudity and sex scenes, but there are also interviews and commentary on how movies have changed throughout time as well as interesting insight into how sex scenes are filmed.22. Life Like[embedded content]YouTube
Life Like is a sexy thriller involving a couple and their robot. Sophie (Addison Timlin) and James (James D’Arcy) are a wealthy couple who order their robot Henry (Steven Strait) to help with tasks around their home. (It’s worth noting that Sophie is originally against having help.) Turns out, Sophie was right to be reluctant about inviting a robot into their home. Henry uses his technology to manipulate the couple and causes conflict between the two. In one particularly sexy bathroom scene, Henry skillfully seduces James. Can Sophie and James maintain their relationship or will their meddling robot get in the way? You’ll have to watch to see.23. Frida[embedded content]YouTube
This movie is based on the life of artist Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek), and details her childhood, relationship with her husband Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), and her numerous affairs. As a teen, Frida is involved in an accident, and while she’s recovering, begins painting. She meets Diego, a muralist, who becomes her mentor. They fall in love, marry, and have an intense relationship with each person having numerous affairs (at one point Diego has a relationship with Frida’s sister). They eventually divorce, but can’t stay away from each other and later remarry. Between the beautiful costumes, skillful acting, and plentiful sex scenes, there’s so much to enjoy in Frida.Related:

This Terrifying Video Game That Gives Me Literal Nightmares Is Now My Self-Care

This Terrifying Video Game That Gives Me Literal Nightmares Is Now My Self-Care

When I’m anxious, one of my favorite strategies to get to sleep is to walk through a pleasant fantasy scenario. For a while, my favorite fantasy was designing and decorating my dream home. Then there were a few months when I was imagining my life as a professional wrestler. But more recently, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, my fantasies have taken on a different vibe: I now like to imagine running through all my hiding places and escape strategies just in case the alien (from Alien) shows up in my studio apartment. And unlike those other fantasies, this one has bled into my actual dreams—and the alien has shown up a few times to turn them into full-on nightmares.

This is almost certainly because I’ve spent upwards of 30 hours playing the survival horror video game Alien: Isolation over the past few weeks. In the game, you play Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Ellen Ripley, who was the protagonist of the original Alien movie. You’re investigating the explosion of your mother’s ship (which happened at the end of the first movie), and you’ve tracked the flight recorder to a space station called Sevastopol. When you get to the station, it’s a complete dystopian nightmare, already in disarray thanks to the arrival of that goopy nightmare creature all of us goths know and love: the xenomorph.
You spend the game trying to get out of the station and back to your ship, all while escaping androids gone rogue and, yes, the alien, which hunts you constantly. But you’ll really spend the majority of your time crouching so as to make less noise, hiding under tables, holding your breath in lockers, and with your eyes glued to your motion tracker as you complete task after task on this godforsaken station that is quite literally falling apart.

Amanda Ripley is an extraordinarily resourceful engineer, who can hack her way through the station, cobble together an explosive to clear her way, or whip up a noisemaking device for a distraction. (Which is really helpful because actual ammunition is in very short supply.) All Ripley wants is to find out what happened to her mom and get off this hunk of junk floating in space. Relatable!

For me, I think, the game is so captivating because it functions just like my anxiety fantasies, but it’s one I can actually solve. Where Animal Crossing helped me unwind with a pleasant, absorbing distraction, Alien: Isolation pushes me to confront and process all the pandemic- and politics-fueled anxiety I have nowhere else to put right now.

For instance, the type of hypervigilant anxiety behaviors that are maladaptive in the real world are actually helpful in the game. Checking around every single corner. Relentlessly collecting items to build tools, just in case. Memorizing escape paths. Mapping out places for cover the second I enter a new room. Waiting for juuust a little bit longer before coming out of my hiding place. These in-game habits come from a very familiar part of my brain. But if I indulged all of these nagging worries in my normal life, I’d never get anything done. As Amanda Ripley, I’m friggin’ alive, baby!
One of the game’s greatest strengths, which definitely contributes to the anxiety fantasy, is that it makes you believe the stakes are as high as they could be. If the alien catches you a single time, it’s an instant kill and you have to start all over again—you can’t outrun it, you can’t kill it, and you can barely hold it back. But at the same time, you have infinite lives. So although every moment of the game feels vital, it’s still just a fantasy that you’re in control of, allowing you to safely explore the feeling of being constantly on the verge of death and the adrenaline that comes from actually surviving to the next level.

Dr. Fauci Says Concerts Could Come Back This Year—If We Do These Things Right

Dr. Fauci Says Concerts Could Come Back This Year—If We Do These Things Right

If you’ve been having a hard time without live music, theater, or other events, Anthony Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, has some optimistic news for you: Concerts could resume in the fall of this year—as long as we do a few very important things right, Dr. Fauci said in a new interview.
Depending partly on how the vaccine roll-out continues, theaters and other types of venues could be able to open “some time in the fall of 2021,” Dr. Fauci said at a conference of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, according to the New York Times.

The vaccine roll-out has been slow going so far in the U.S. (government officials were aiming for 20 million vaccinations by the end of last year but only about 2 million actually happened). But Dr. Fauci recently said that he believes the issues that were slowing vaccinations are being resolves and that we could soon be doing 1 million vaccinations per day or more. And recent estimates from the Washington Post show that we are approaching that number, with about 9 million people now vaccinated in the country.

“If everything goes right,” meaning that vaccinations pick up and people continue to take other precautions, “by the time we get to the early to mid-fall, you can have people feeling safe performing onstage as well as people in the audience,” Dr. Fauci said in the new interview.

Venues with air filters and good ventilation may indeed be able to hold events again later in the year, he said. (Ventilation is especially important as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recognize the coronavirus can spread via airborne transmission under certain circumstances, such as when there is very little airflow.) But audience members would likely be expected to continue to wear masks for a while and may still need to follow social distancing guidelines as well.
The big factor here is getting enough people vaccinated in order to provide herd immunity to the community, Dr. Fauci said, which requires that about 75% to 85% of the population getting a vaccine. Herd immunity describes a situation in which enough people in a particular community are immunized (typically through vaccination) against a pathogen that even those who aren’t or can’t be vaccinated receive some protection, SELF explained previously. And that hope is that, with enough people vaccinated, the coronavirus won’t be able to spread widely in a community—even if not everyone has received a vaccine.
Clinical trial data shows that the two vaccines that are available for emergency use right now can significantly help prevent symptomatic COVID-19 infections, but we don’t have conclusive data yet about whether or not they can also prevent asymptomatic infections, which may be responsible for much of the spread of the virus. We also don’t have enough data yet to know if the vaccines can prevent the spread of COVID-19 from person to person, which is necessary for herd immunity. But experts say that it is likely the vaccines at least reduce the spread between people, SELF explained previously, even though we don’t have the research to conclusively prove that yet.
But it’s not just about vaccinations: We still need to use the same public health tools that we’ve been relying on this entire time, including social distancing, wearing masks, washing our hands frequently, and avoiding crowds (for now). When used together, those tools will go a long way towards ending the pandemic and eventually allowing us to start doing all the in-person things we miss, including going to concerts.
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The 15 Sexiest Movies on Amazon Prime

The 15 Sexiest Movies on Amazon Prime

Whether you’ve been living through the pandemic with a partner or single, you might be looking for some bedroom inspiration to keep your mind off everything. Luckily, the sexiest movies on Amazon Prime are aplenty, and offer welcome (and productive, *wink*) distraction. The streaming platform offers everything from sexy comedies like Two Night Stand to erotic horror like A Simple Favor to hot indie movies like Just Friends for whatever desires you’re trying to arouse.
These 15 steamy, sensual, NSFW (but suitable for post-WFH) picks are available to any Prime member. And if you’re not a member, you’ll want to be by the time you finish reading through this list. Grab your vibrator and/or your partner, turn your phone on Do Not Disturb, and enjoy.
The Handmaiden (2016)

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This erotic (and beautifully-shot) Amazon original is set in 1930s Korea and follows the story of Sook-Hee (Tae-ri Kim), a trained pickpocket, who takes a job as a handmaiden to Lady Hideko (Min-hee Kim) in order to rid her of her fortune. The two begin a passionate affair, and as you could guess, Sook-Hee falls madly in love with Lady Hideko. This is hands down one of the sexiest movies on Amazon Prime—or maybe even any streaming service.
Just Friends (2018)

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Joris (Josha Stradowski) is a young gay man coming to terms with his father’s death. Yad (Majd Mardo), a Syrian refugee, is hired to work for Joris’s grandmother in their home. The two instantly hit it off and fall in love, but their guardians threaten to keep them apart. Honestly though? The disapproval makes it hotter.
Adore (2013)

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Two lifelong friends, Roz (Robin Wright) and Lil (Naomi Watts) both have 18-year-old sons they absolutely adore. So much so that they each begin an affair with the other’s son. It’s taboo, Oedipal, and sexy—you won’t want to look away.
Original Sin (2001)

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In this period piece set in Cuba, Luis (Antonio Banderas) calls for a mail-in bride from the U.S. Enter: Julia (Angelina Jolie). Their marriage is marked by passionate desire, but Julia is not who she says she is. Be prepared for some seriously erotic and sadistic scenes.
The Only Boy Living in New York (2018)

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Thomas Webb (Callum Turner), a young man living in New York post-graduation, learns that his father is having an illicit affair with Johanna (Kate Beckinsale), a beautiful and seductive woman. So naturally, Thomas starts sleeping with her. This Amazon original is a little taboo, a little twisted, and a lot sexy.
A Simple Favor (2018)

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This provocative, salacious thriller stars Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick, who become friends. Lively’s character goes missing, and the story turns into a pretty wild murder mystery—with plenty of steamy sex scenes along the way.
The Virgin Suicides (1999)

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This voyeuristic film tells the story of a group of boys’ obsession with the Lisbon sisters, who are beautiful and sheltered, living with strict and devout parents. The sisters rebel and the story becomes one of lust, sex, repression, fantasy, terror, and death.
Two Night Stand (2014)

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This movie is apt for a pandemic, given that main characters Megan (Analeigh Tipton) and Alec (Miles Teller) were supposed to only have a one-night stand, but a blizzard keeps them stuck in Alec’s apartment. The result? Brooding, fighting, and finally, figuring out how to make the sex really, really good.
Gloria Bell (2019)

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Finally, a movie that acknowledges that middle-aged women lead interesting, sexual lives. This film follows Gloria Bell (Julianne Moore), a divorcee looking to get back out there. She goes to bars and clubs to let loose, until she meets Arnold (John Turturro) and begins a whirlwind, charming romance.
Step Up (2006)

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Channing Tatum plays Tyler, a troublemaker from Baltimore who meets Nora (Jenna Dewan) when he’s paired with her for her ballet showcase. There’s something totally hot about a lot of sweaty people—especially a young Channing Tatum—dancing in sync. Plus, Tyler and Nora’s authentic chemistry takes it up a few notches. Don’t believe me? Give it a watch and you’ll feel things.
Her Composition (2015)

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Malorie Gilman (Joslyn Jensen) is a music student who needs to compose a piece in order to graduate, but she can’t seem to clear her writer’s block. So she turns to sex work and uses her encounters with her clients for inspiration. You know, the usual.
The Escort (2016)

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Mitch Cooper (Michael Donegar), a sex-addicted journalist, follows a Stanford-educated escort named Natalie (Lindsey Fonseca) for a story. The result is plenty of sexy scenes, and of course, a love story between Mitch and Natalie.
Afternoon Delight (2013)

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This sexy dramedy follows Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) a rich, bored housewife who befriends a stripper named McKenna (Juno Temple). Rachel invites McKenna to be her live-in nanny, as an attempt to “save” her, but McKenna ends up showing Rachel just how fun her life could be. Lapdances and orgasms abound!
Sex and Breakfast (2007)

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Two young couples (one including Macaulay Culkin) experiment with anonymous group sex to try and spice up their troubled relationships. They swap partners to try and learn more about themselves and their relationship issues. The plot is nothing special, but the fantasy aspect and the steamy sex scenes make up for it.
Black Snake Moan (2007)

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Rae (Christina Ricci), has a thing for sex and partying. After one wild night, she ends up in Lazarus’s (Samuel L. Jackson) driveway, and he locks her inside his house to try and “rid her of her sin.” For most of the film, Rae doesn’t wear much, and if you’re into chains, well, you’re in for a treat.

The 21 Best Romantic Movies on Netflix

The 21 Best Romantic Movies on Netflix

If you’re looking up the best romantic movies on Netflix, chances are you’re stumped for date night or you’re getting ready for a serious self-care night. These 21 picks, from classics like The Notebook to Netflix originals like Always Be My Maybe, will fill the rom-com sized hole in your heart. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll probably swoon over some of the lead characters. Check on the status of your takeout order, grab your coziest weighted blanket, and settle into the couch you’ve been sitting on every day since March, because it’s time for a romance marathon.
The Half of It (2020)

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Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) lives with her widowed father in the remote town of Squahamish. She’s approached by Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer), a typical high school jock, to write love letters to his crush, Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire)—who Ellie is secretly in love with. Friendships are tested and love triangles are formed in this LGBTQ coming-of-age story.
The Notebook (2004)

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Ah, a classic. The movie, which is based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, is based in the 1940s and follows Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) and Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling), who meet at the town fair and quickly fall in love, despite their relationship—which crosses class lines—being forbidden by Allie’s family. The sweeping love story takes place over decades, and the ending will undoubtedly bring tears to your eyes.
Pride and Prejudice (2005)

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In the 2005 adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel, Elizabeth Bennett (Keira Knightley) faces pressure to marry, as she’s the oldest of five sisters. She’s introduced to Mr. Darcy (Matthew McFayden), an upper-class prospect with whom she quickly develops chemistry. There’s pining, fabulous British accents, and so much letter-writing.
Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

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Adele (Adèle Exarchopoulos) is a high school student figuring out her sexuality. After meeting—and being instantly attracted to—Emma (Léa Seydoux) at a bar, Adele forms an intense connection with her. The film is sexy, intense, and will have you feeling all the feels.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

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Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) writes secret love letters—which she never sends—to all her past and present loves. One night, her younger sister discovers them and mails them out. Lara Jean’s life goes haywire as she’s suddenly confronted by her crushes, but one—Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo)—might actually work out.
About Time (2013)

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When Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) turns 21, his dad lets him in on a secret: the men in the family can travel in time. Tim uses his time-traveling abilities to try and find a girlfriend, but he ends up meeting Mary (Rachel McAdams), and falls deeply in love with her. But after decades of time travel to make everything “perfect,” he realizes that he can’t stop problems from happening.
Someone Great (2019)

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Jenny Young (Gina Rodriguez) and Nate Davis (Lakeith Stanfield) have been in a relationship for nine years. But when Jenny takes a job in San Francisco, they break up. Jenny surrounds herself with her friends for one final girls’ night out in New York City.
Moonlight (2016)

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This film, which won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Picture, follows the life of Chiron, a young Black man growing up in Miami. He grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. This film delves into romantic and familial love and friendships with stunning visuals.
Always Be My Maybe (2019)

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Sasha Tran (Ali Wong) and Marcus Kim (Randall Park) are childhood best friends who date in their teens. 16 years after their break-up, Sasha is a successful chef and engaged, and Marcus is in an amateur band and still living with his dad. But when Sasha’s fiance cheats on her, she finds herself growing closer to Marcus.
Her (2013)

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Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is devastated by the end of his marriage and seeks comfort in the company of friends and an AI operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). After connecting with the voice in his pocket, things begin to look up. But can you fall in love with an entity that’s not real? This surprisingly romantic sci-fi drama sets to find out.
The Lovebirds (2020)

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On the brink of breaking up, Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Leilani (Issa Rae) are thrown into a chaotic murder mystery. As they figure out the case, they have to also figure out how they—and their relationship—can survive. It’s equal parts funny, heartwarming, and action-packed.
All the Bright Places (2020)

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This coming-of-age film follows Theodore Finch (Justice Smith), who is dealing with mental illness, and Violet Markey (Elle Fanning), who is reeling after the death of her sister. The two become an unlikely pair, and figure out how to love each other despite the scars of their past.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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After a painful breakup, Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet) undergoes a procedure that will erase the memories of her ex, Joel Barish (Jim Carrey). When Joel finds out about Clementine’s procedure, he gets it too. The two re-experience the memories as they are erased and are reminded of their love for each other.
A Walk to Remember (2002)

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Popular high school senior Landon Carter (Shane West) meets Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore) when he chooses to join the school play instead of getting expelled. The two spend more time together and Landon falls in love with Jamie, who tells him that she has leukemia. It’s a tragic and inspirational love story that will put you through the emotional ringer.
Set It Up (2018)

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Harper Moore (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie Young (Glen Powell) are two assistants with workaholic bosses (played by Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs). In an attempt to get them off their backs, they set their bosses up. And, wouldn’t you know, the assistants start to fall in love with each other too.
She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

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Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) can’t decide what kind of man to date, so she does what any sensible woman would do and dates three men at the same time. But what happens when the three men find out about each other? This Spike Lee-directed film, which feels apt for the technology generation, was certainly ahead of its time. (After you’ve streamed the film, watch the 2017 Netflix series for an updated version of the classic.)
Marriage Story (2019)

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This Academy Award-nominated film involves theater director Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) and his wife, Nicole (Scarlett Johansson), who’s an actress. The two enter into a grueling and emotionally-charged divorce and viewers witness anger, denial, and grief. You might think it strange to be on our list of best romantic movies on Netflix, but its realistic portrayal of longterm love, divorce, and tender moments might hit the spot for you.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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After losing his job and marriage and staying at a treatment facility for bipolar disorder, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) moves back in with his parents, where he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who’s struggling with depression after the death of her husband. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but we think you can guess what happens instead.
Irreplaceable You (2018)

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Abbie (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Sam (Michiel Huisman) are engaged, but when Abbie is diagnosed with cancer, she sets out to find a new love for Sam. She forms friendships with other patients who teach her how to focus on living, even in the midst of a terminal illness.
The Incredible Jessica James

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Jessica James (Jessica Williams) is a fiercely independent, struggling playwright in New York City trying to get over her ex in the age of social media. She’s set up on a blind date with Boone (Chris O’Dowd), who is also struggling after a breakup. The two hit it off and attempt to figure out what love looks like after heartbreak.
Carol (2015)

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This film tells the story of an affair between Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), a young photographer, and Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett), an older woman going through a divorce. Set in the 1950s, the two fall in love but are met with complicated consequences.

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