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These New Netflix Originals Will Make The Perfect Summer 2021 Movie Marathon

Get ready to see some very familiar faces in the months ahead.

'He's All That,' starring Addison Rae, is one of many original movies coming to Netflix this summer. Photo via Netflix
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At the start of 2021, Netflix promised to release new movies every single week this year, which will provide for some serious summer movie marathoning. Making good on that guarantee, the streamer just announced the slate of Netflix films coming out in the months ahead, and it looks like there’s something for everyone to enjoy on the list: a star-studded thriller, a highly anticipated rom-com remake, several sweet love stories, and many more.

The lengthy lineup of films was announced a year after Netflix broke subscriber records, with 15.8 million users joining the platform during the first quarter of 2020 and the beginning of the pandemic. Fortunately, the increased availability of COVID vaccinations means that many movie theater lovers will be able to return to their happy place very soon (hi again, fresh, buttery, overpriced popcorn — we missed you). But all the same, there’s still something undoubtedly alluring about the ease of streaming a film between trips to the theater, especially when so many beloved actors and creators are along for the ride. Here are some of the Netflix original movies premiering this summer that deserve a spot at the top of your watchlist.

The Woman In The Window (5/14)

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Led by Amy Adams, the delayed release of this highly anticipated thriller was a casualty of the pandemic — we first saw the trailer all the way back in 2019, and it was supposed to premiere last May. Now, you can finally kick off your summer movie lineup with the story of a woman, Anna, whose agoraphobia keeps her largely secluded from the world outside until she witnesses a violent crime. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier fans will be excited to see both Anthony Mackie and Wyatt Russell in the cast.

Army Of The Dead (5/21)

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Co-written and directed by Justice League’s Zack Snyder, Army of the Dead follows a group of heisters on a mission in zombie-stricken Las Vegas. The packed cast lineup includes Marvel’s Dave Bautista and Sweetbitter’s Ella Purnell.

Carnaval (6/2)

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After her boyfriend very publicly cheats on her, an influencer and her friends head to Salvador, Brazil, to celebrate Carnaval. This looks like the kind of colorful, carefree trip you and your friends always talk about taking together — and even if you don’t have your travel plans down just yet, this vibrant movie should tide you over until then.

Skater Girl (6/11)

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Skater Girl is not an Avril Lavigne documentary — what it is, though, looks to be a seriously feel-good film. It tells the story of Prerna, a teenager from rural India who develops a passion for skateboarding and even takes her talents to the national championship.

Good On Paper (6/23)

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Starring and written by Iliza Shlesinger, Good on Paper centers the story of a stand-up comic who meets the ideal man — or at least, that’s what he seems like. As the streamer asks, “On paper, he checks all the boxes but is he everything he appears to be?” Only a Netflix session will reveal the answer to that one.

Resort To Love (7/29)

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Beloved queen of the Netflix rom-com Christina Milian stars in this charming film as Erica, who is tasked with performing at her ex’s wedding in Mauritius and later realizes she might still have feelings for him. “It’s funny, it has heart, and it’s different from any rom-com that I’ve seen,” Milian recently told Bustle. “It has such a diverse cast and showcases a place that some people may have never even heard of.”

The Last Letter From Your Lover (July)

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Past and present love stories connect in this sweet romance starring Felicity Jones as a journalist who finds old love letters and works to piece them together. Based on a novel by Jojo Moyes (Me Before You), the film also features faves like Shailene Woodley, Callum Turner, Nabhaan Rizwan, Joe Alwyn, and Ncuti Gatwa.

The Kissing Booth 3 (8/11)

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The final chapter in the love story between Elle and Noah drops this August and will see Elle grapple with a tricky decision: Is she joining Noah at Harvard or accompanying Lee to Berkeley? The third installment was secretly filmed alongside The Kissing Booth 2, as reported by Variety.

He’s All That (8/27)

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You know the story — in this gender-swapped spin on 1999’s She’s All That, influencer Addison Rae is tasked with turning an unpopular classmate (Cobra Kai’s Tanner Buchanan) into prom king. Fans of the original will enjoy seeing several returning faves, including Rachael Leigh Cook herself.

Beckett (August)

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John David Washington is back on Netflix for Beckett, joining Alicia Vikander in this story about a couple on vacation who fall into “a violent conspiracy with tragic consequences,” according to the streamer.