Kneel Before VOD: January 26th
The Bad Moms are back for more debauchery, only this time it’s holiday themed. If the blasé introduction is no indication, I have no clue what this movie is about, but I do know that it’s the sequel to a hit that I enjoyed. Seeing Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, and Mila Kunis have fun on screen is absolutely something that I want to do again, especially with the pumped up supporting cast including Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon as the trio’s mothers. Even if it’s not as good as the first time around, that’s more than enticing enough a prospect to try it out.
Netflix: Todd Glass: Act Happy
Todd Glass is one of the most genuinely funny human beings alive. This is only the second full hour special for the 30+ year stand-up veteran, and he uses his experience to create what might already end up being the special of the year. Glass has been incorporating a live band into his act for years, an effect I’ve been dying to see for years after hearing about it on his podcast, and it completely lived up to my expectations. He’s already so bursting with energy that it just makes sense to throw in an extra level of infectious eccentricity.
Also Streaming: The Collection
HBO Go: Snatched
Snatched looked like it might be a big comeback for Goldie Hawn, which might have been the case if it weren’t borderline unwatchable. Snatched is easily one of the worst comedies of last year, but of course that’s not to discredit the cast. In fact the talents of Hawn, Amy Schumer, Ike Barinholtz, and particularly Christopher Meloni are the source of the film’s only laughs. The script often goes for cheap jokes to usher things along to the next big action set-piece, which could have been worse but aren’t that exciting.
Hulu Plus: Ingrid Goes West
With her already unstable life falling down around her, Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) moves out to Los Angeles to try and get closer to her favorite Instagram star, Taylor (Elizabeth Sloane). Ingrid’s obsession grows increasingly more sinister the closer the two get. A fable about the dangers of excessive social media glamorization that is as important as it is impressively filmed. The excellent supporting cast including O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, and Meredith Hagner all go to great lengths to sell the movie’s humor, but Plaza truly shines in her best performance to date.