Have you finished Netflix? 🙂 Aimee has a few recommendations on hilarious and entertaining shows and film.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I just am not able to really focus on reading right now. I don’t have the headspace available to really dig into a book and THAT’S OKAY!!!
What I can offer at this time is a Movie and TV reviews roundup! Perfect.
First one: NBC’s Parks and Recreation
This TV show is AMAZING. It speaks to me on so many levels. I love the characters, the setting, and the actors are some of my all-time favorites. It has this wonderful mixture of silly, heartwarming, poignant, brilliance with a little bit of potty humor (just like a tiny bit – this is usually totally not my thing at all but it just works I swear). If you never got the chance to watch Parks and Rec (as the cool kids call it) when it aired from 2009 to 2015 don’t worry – all 7 seasons are streaming on Netflix and Hulu!
And, if you DID get a chance to watch Parks and Rec then you know how amazing it is and why “I love you and I like you” is a wonderful thing to be able to say to someone. The only thing I don’t agree with Parks and Rec about is how much they dislike the library (I know, right!? – it is pretty funny though).
So, for all you Parks and Rec fans (and soon to be fans) here are some other things worth checking out that I think you will love as much as Leslie Knope loves waffles, Ron Swanson loves his privacy, Tom Haverford loves expensive things, Andy loves April and the whole town of Pawnee, IN loves Little Sebastian.
Hearts Beat Loud – An amazing movie that I stumbled upon on Hoopla! Featuring Nick Offerman as a record store owner/father who wants one last chance at being in a rocking band and gets that chance with his daughter – right before she leaves for college. This movie was cute and had some wonderful music and you can borrow it for free on Hoopla – the movie and its soundtrack!
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told – Did you know that Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally are married!? And very happily so. This memoir talks about their love and the story of their love and it is smart and funny and I highly recommend it. This one I nabbed when we got it as an advanced copy at the library, but you can also listen to it on Libby/OverDrive read by Offerman and Mullally!!!
About Alex – This movie was like The Big Chill of the 2015s… or whenever it was made (2014). It features the lovely Aubry Plaza as Sarah, and focuses on her friend Alex, who has attempted to commit suicide. All of Alex’s college buddies arrive at his side to comfort him, reflect on their past, and see where they are now and how they all still fit together as friends. This movie has some great actors in it who have also been in other TV shows that you should totally check out: Max Greenfield: New Girl (and one episode of one of my all-time favorite shows, Gilmore Girls), Maggie Grace: LOST, Jason Ritter: Parenthood (and most recently he was the voice of Ryder in Frozen 2), Jane Levy: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, and Max Minghella: Handmaid’s Tale (which I haven’t watched yet but I really want to)! Find it on Hoopla.
Modern Romance – Part humor part social science this book is in a category all its own. And while I haven’t had the chance to read it yet – I love Aziz and his Netflix show, Master of None! A review of this novel states: “Ansari’s eminently readable book is successful, in part, because it not only lays out the history, evolution, and pitfalls of dating, it also offers sound advice on how to actually win today’s constantly shifting game of love. Often hilarious, consistently informative, and unusually helpful”. Sounds like a winner in my book – check it out on Libby/OverDrive!
And, I would be remiss to not talk about Amy Poheler! Her book Yes Please! is a hilarious memoir (so I’m told, this is another one I haven’t read – I know!) and the audiobook version has a huge cast of friends and family that join her to read the book! It is available as an ebook on Libby/Overdrive and as an audiobook on both Hoopla and Libby/OverDrive.
There are so many wonderful cast members from Parks and Rec that have gone on to be in other movies/TV shows or have written books that this post could go on forever so here is a quick wrap-up of what else is out there from my favorite Parks and Rec actors:
So Close to Being the S*it, Ya’ll Don’t Even Know by Retta – available as an audiobook read by Retta on Hoopla.
Angie Tribeca – Rashida Jones’ TV show is available to view on Hoopla.
Billy Eichner – The soundtrack to the live-action version of Disney’s The Lion King (which I finally watched last night on Disney+ and it was cute, Eichener was HILARIOUS, and even snuck in a line from another Disney movie which is like my favorite thing, when there is crossover between movies) is available on Hoopla where you can hear Eichner preform as Timon, and also, Billy on the Street – HELLO PEOPLE – is on Netflix.
Ben Schwartz (who plays one of my favorite characters, Jean-Ralphio) JUST as of April 21st released a new comedy special on Netflix (which I’m sure is hilarious) with Thomas Middleditch (check him out in Silicon Valley) aptly titled Middleditch and Schwartz.
And lastly, one book that I have read recently was by the lovely and talented Jenny Slate (who plays Jean-Ralphio’s brother, Mona-Lisa). Slate recently put out a memoir titled Little Weirds which was an interesting look inside the head and heart of a very funny woman and, you can check out from the library when we reopen.
She also has a hilarious stand up special on Netflix, Stage Fright, and has a few movies that she has starred in available on Hoopla: Hotel Artemis (which I LOVED and also has a great cast and could be its own one of these), and Obvious Child which is a very funny/sad movie about a stand-up comedian facing a difficult choice and talking about it in her comedy routines. Okay, one more thing about Slate – she did Marcel the Shell with Shoes On(!!!) and if you don’t know what I’m talking about you should Google it and watch – there are three episodes and they are adorable and I always forget that it was Slate who did them until I remember and am happy to watch them again. What can I say, I am a fan of Jenny Slate!
And, if you are wondering why I didn’t mention ANYTHING CHRIS PRATT…!!!??? There is just too much to mention (aka the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe) so, you’ll have to wait for my next post!
I hope you enjoyed this little Movie/TV/Book wrap-up mashup roundup and I’ll be back with another one soon!
Thanks for reading (and wash your hands),