Although we sometimes question our dependency on Netflix and whether or not they even actually love us back, during times—like when there's a blizzard—when we're forced to coop up, we can pump the brakes on pondering such things. If you're in the northeast, hopefully you're already all geared up with plenty of snacks, booze, and a crew of people you can tolerate. Might as well take this snow day as a great opportunity to catch up on your chilling. And while the chilling may come easy at first, it probably won't stay that way. Sometimes, you've chilled so much, and for so long, that you need some help to keep the chill...chill...ing. OK, sorry.
Snacks run low, hangovers arrive, your tolerance for the people you initially invited over wanes. A moment will eventually arrive during which you will want out. You'll be dying to return to work. That's called cabin fever and the threat of contracting it during a snow storm is very real. When it strikes, it isn't super gentle. However, when there's seriously no chance of you making a break for it (or at least not one that extends past your local bodega for emergency extra Andre or hummus), you gotta improvise. Cue our old frenemy Netflix. Assuming your wifi is still intact (*prayer hands Emoji*) and that your ex's old roommate still hasn't noticed you continue to access his account (*sly-looking Emoji*), you can turn to the streaming service for solace. Behold: 13 films streaming now on Netflix that have a decent shot at cooling your cabin fever. And if they don't work, maybe try opening a window (for, like, half a second).
The grandaddy of parody films. It's likely a familiar one for most of you so enjoy not having to pay attention and just dig on it. Or, y'know, pay a little more attention and incorporate this dangerous-sounding drinking game.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Isn't Ferris the most dreamy? Live vicariously through his Chicago adventures while you sit completely still in your apartment. Also take a moment to appreciate how arrestingly handsome Matthew Broderick was before his face started looking a bit like candle wax. (Do we blame SJP? Let's blame SJP.)
Add some shoulder pads and murderous high school girls to your snow day, I say. It's a dark one, but definitely of the uproarious variety. Christian Slater as J.D? Sigh—such a babe, such an insane person.
This movie used to scare the crap out of me as a kid, especially the alien sex part with the wreaths. But now that we're all grown up, it's funny, right? Not scary...the alien sex with wreaths aren't scary at all. I swear. Not hiding under my bed. I'm totally an adult.
Get a little insight into how your local bodega counterperson actually feels about your repertoire. Kevin Smith starts his comedic legacy with this low-budget, black-and-white camp. And honestly, do we not all have a little Randal in us?
The idea—the dream—of a band involving Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler, and Brendan Fraser is one of my favorite daydreams. In this cult masterpiece, the trio protests a radio station's refusal to play their demo by holding the entire building hostage. Sure, they're plastic guns but nobody else knows that (yet).
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)
OF COURSE THIS IS ON HERE, WHAT KIND OF HACK DO YOU TAKE ME FOR. Snow storms are the perfect time to get schooled on smart dieting, truly cutting insults, and what it means to give up on trying to impress horrible people. Church, ladies.
Picture Perfect (1997)
Here's a fun reminder that singledom has been publicly pitied forever, brought to you by Jennifer Aniston during the height of Friends popularity. Essentially, Aniston takes the upsetting idea of Invisible Boyfriend and uses it to both bed Kevin Bacon and get a promotion at her job. Work it.
Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
Let's ignore the fact that it's so totally creepy that a guy would become completely obsessed with a girl he's never actually had a conversation with. Instead, let us turn our attention to Seth Green's most perfect portrayal of a wannabe thug with a raging libido. Be on the lookout for a very stoned Jason Segel. Bonus points if you can spot the kid from Hook mostly grown-up.
Get Over It (2001)
Three words: Sisqo. Was. Here.
The Sweetest Thing (2002)
Before Bridesmaids blew everyone's minds with the concept that women might also appreciate and spit out crude humor, there was The Sweetest Thing. Relish the dressing room montage, Cameron Diaz's audacious extensions, and the non-stop smut spewing. Maybe organize your own wardrobe montage after the screening. Or during! It's a blizzard and you get to choose your own indoor adventure.
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006)
Sure, maybe Juno shoved you into involuntary quarantine, but at least you're in your apartment, hopefully surrounded by mostly decent humans. You're not in the Ricky-run, Canadian trailer park explored in this mockumentary. For extra credit, add this drinking game to the mix.
In A World... (2013)
Lake Bell breaks out of her standard side-gal role to star in this rad story (that she wrote herself, I might add) looking into the world of vocal actors. The dialogue is so well-written and Ken Marino pulls of simultaneously powerful, sexy, and sleazy in one killer performance. But Bell especially shines. (I'm officially a fangirl now, and can't wait to see what else she rolls out next.)
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