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    Mar 23, 2020

    18 Movies Perfect For Watching On Netflix Party With Your Friends While Socially Distancing

    Roast your fave films with your buds from the safety of your own home!

    So — in case you're unaware — Google Chrome has an absolutely incredible extension called "Netflix Party," which allows subscribers to watch a show or movie at the same time as multiple friends AND have a live chat going.

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    It's like your own Mystery Science Theater 3000, but with typing!

    And since we're all inside socially distancing*, I decided to take it upon myself to round up what I personally believe are the most fun films on Netflix to watch with friends and simultaneously group-chatting. I also divided them up by category for easy choosing. You're welcome:

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    *Y'ALL BETTER BE.

    CLASSIC COMEDIES

    1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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    Why it's perfect: It's the most quotable movie of all time and RIPE for some kind of virtual drinking game (for those of us 21-plus, of course). It's easy fun to have on in the background, but also rife with dumb jokes to take your mind off things. UNPOPULAR OPINION: The Lancelot section is the best and most underrated part of the entire movie. "HA, HA!"

    2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

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    Why it's perfect: There are so many things to discuss in a group chat about this beloved '80s comedy. Like, how about that fan theory that Cameron and Ferris are the same person? Or how Ferris is the true villain of the movie and is kind of awful? Why is there an ACTUAL sausage king of Chicago?! So many topics!

    3. The Other Guys (2010)

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    Why it's perfect: Listen, I know you're thinking, Why is this movie in the 'classic comedies' section? but...hear me out: This movie is hilarious. That's it; that's my argument. It's so random and fun to watch in a group, especially while deciding which of your friends is which character (I'm a Michael Keaton through and through).

    COMIC BOOK COOLNESS

    4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

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    Why it's perfect: Why not use this quarantine time to watch and/or rewatch the best Spider-Man film of all time (fight me; it is!)? You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll marvel (waka waka) at the incredible animation! The rewatchability of this one is through the roof, and it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Plus, y'all get to decide which version of Spider-Man is your fave.

    5. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

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    Why it's perfect: This movie is pure fun captured on film! It has bright colors, hilarious jokes, and Michael Cera at his most Michael Cera! Plus, similarly to Monty Python earlier on the list, this one is BEGGING for a virtual drinking game played out in the group chat (if you can drink legally). DRINK EVERY TIME A VERY FAMOUS CELEBRITY APPEARS WHO WAS NOT AS FAMOUS AT THE TIME.

    6. The Dark Knight (2008)

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    Why it's perfect: Um...do you need a reason? It's perfect? Talk about how Heath Ledger remains the best Joker (Joaquin is also amazing, but come on) or how the Bat Tank turning into that Batpod thingy was the single coolest thing to ever happen in the history of forever. Also, like, you see Christian Bale shirtless a couple of times in this and it is A+.

    MUST-SEE MUSICALS

    7. Hairspray (2007)

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    Why it's perfect: This colorful classic is absolute madness — thus a perfect distraction. It includes some DANGEROUSLY catchy songs and great dance numbers, as well as Zac Efron at the peak of his High School Musical career. You love to see it!

    8. Tarzan (1999)

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    Why it's perfect: Enjoy one of the most underrated Disney soundtracks that had no business going as hard as it did, courtesy of Mr. Phil Collins! It's light fun with a really unnecessarily frightening beginning and dark death at the end! Also, Tarzan is BUILT...but why doesn't he grow a beard?! Discuss!

    9. Sweeney Todd (2007)

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    Why it's perfect: This is Tim Burton's best film — do not @ me — and it's a visual FEAST for the eyes. It's also wild fun to watch with a group of people who claim they don't like musicals but do like horror films. It's surprisingly graphic AND really catchy. While ~some people's singing~ leaves something to be desired, that makes it all the more fun to comment on!

    HOLY-SH!T HORRORS

    10. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

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    Why it's perfect: As an avid horror lover myself, I'm often turned off by the term "horror-comedy." However, this movie — alongside the obvious answer of Shaun of the Dead — is an exception. It's smart, funny as heck, and completely unexpected. If you've seen it, watch it again with people who haven't. If you haven't seen it...still watch it with people. It's a great group shock-watch.

    11. Candyman (1992)

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    Why it's perfect: First, it's a classic. Second, what's more fun than the idea of being stuck inside, quarantined alone, and scared of every mirror you pass by? I'll answer that for you: NOTHING. Watch it before the new one comes out! BEE HIS VICTIM (get it? 'Cause bees? 'CAUSE BEES)!

    12. Green Room (2015)

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    Why it's perfect: This is one of those hidden Netflix gems that you stumble upon at night while looking to be scared out of your mind. It has everything: Body horror! Punk rock! Patrick Stewart as a bad guy! You will literally scream, and see a lot of "!!!" sent in the group chat.

    RIGHTEOUS ROM-COMS

    13. To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2019) AND To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020)

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    Why it's perfect: Okay, so I'm cheating and including these two together, but they make for a PERFECT double feature to have with your friends in a chat so y'all can talk about how Lara Jean should NOT have picked...who she picked...in the second film. YES, I WENT THERE. That's a super-fun argument to have with your closest loved ones, who are probably wrong!

    14. Hitch (2005)

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    Why it's perfect: Are you kidding me?! This one's a classic in its own right! Chat about which of Hitch's (Will Smith) moves would and wouldn't work on you in the year 2020. Talk about how freakin' stunning Eva Mendes has always been! Talk about the mid-2000s fashion because OH, DEAR GOD.

    15. Always Be My Maybe (2019)

    Netflix

    Why it's perfect: Ali Wong being hilarious! Randall Park being adorable! Keanu Reeves existing! This is the ULTIMATE feel-good rom-com, and an absolute delight to watch with others. Also, if I could have the "I Punched Keanu Reeves" song played at my funeral, that'd be great, thanks!

    THRILLING THROWBACKS

    16. Hook (1991)

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    Why it's perfect: Robin. Williams. That's it. That's the only convincing you need. Also, Dustin Hoffman giving us absolutely everything as Capt. Hook. Pure dinner theater. Plus, the character of Rufio (Dante Basco) was one of my first legit crushes as a child, and his coolness has yet to be matched by anyone IRL, so maybe y'all can discuss that in the chat.

    17. It Takes Two (1995)

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    Why it's perfect: Do you love The Parent Trap but hate the part where they're actually related and not just complete strangers who look identical? WELL, DO I HAVE A FILM FOR YOU. This is my personal favorite entry in the Mary-Kate and Ashley–verse, and it's a ball to watch with friends, if only to make fun of the incredible fake New York accents.

    18. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

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    Why it's perfect: A flying car! Dick Van Dyke at his sexiest (yeah, I said it)! This Grima Wormtongue–lookin' dude trying to steal people's children! It's a wild ride, PUN INTENDED, and a super-fun watch with multiple people, especially if you have friends who've never seen it. PS: I sincerely DARE you to find a song in any musical that slaps harder than "Me Ol' Bamboo" because, spoiler alert, you can't.

    There ya have it — those are my picks...but what are YOURS?! Which movies currently available on Netflix do YOU think are perfect for optimal group viewing? Share your picks in the comments below!

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    Try out the extension here. Also, like, should we all have a watch party together??? IDK! Love y'all.

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