Don’t Look Up has finally been kicked out of the top spot on the Netflix top 10. The film enjoyed a consistent reign of domination for three weeks but didn’t quite make the full month due to a newfound obsession with a movie that, quite frankly, I am shocked dethroned the highly-debated satire.
This week’s chart toppers are predominantly titles we’ve seen for a few weeks now, with only three films making a first-time appearance. Kids’ fare is surprisingly light this week with only Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island making the list, both returners. As for the rest of the list, they all fall into three very weird and oddly specific categories. Let’s dive in and break it down, shall we?
Movies adults watch
Adam Sandler’s films Just Go With It and The Longest Yard took the fourth and fifth spots respectively, continuing to prove why Netflix made that lucrative partnership deal with him in the first place. Admittedly, neither of these films are from the strong side of his filmography, but I guess we can’t expect our dads to be willing to unpack the toxic masculinity of The Meyerowitz Stories.
Returning from last week is First Sunday, David E. Talbert’s directorial debut that helped earn him a first-look deal with Netflix. It’s got a lot of heart but isn’t nearly as funny as it could be considering the amazing talent in the cast like Katt Williams, Tracy Morgan, Regina Hall, and Ice Cube. A newcomer did emerge this week, the film adaptation of Frank Miller and Lynn Varley’s comic series of the same name, 300. The action film may seem out of place in this category, but I regret to inform you all that this movie came out in 2007 and was SUPER popular with teen boys, who are now in their early-to-mid 30s and are likely parents themselves.
Stuff about the end of the world
Miss Omicron has seriously put folks in a weird headspace. After what seems like everyone on the planet has seen Don’t Look Up, the need for end-of-the-world movies is apparently still high. I stand by my prediction that it’s going to be a long while before Don’t Look Up is off the board for good, but the “movies like this” algorithm suggestion must be working overtime because the German-Swedish film Tides (previously known as “The Colony”) shot up to the third most-watched film last week.
Stuff social media hipes
Someone call up whoever runs the account Is The Town on Netflix? and let them know that thanks to their due diligence, The Town is in the top 10 for the second week in a row. The Ben Affleck crime thriller dropped from the fifth spot to the seventh this week, proof that memes do have an expiration date but there will always be people arriving late to the party. This film has a weirdly aggressive fanbase, but a mostly-harmless one that just wants more people to watch The Town and enjoy the chaos.
The biggest surprise, however, is the romantic thriller Brazen jumping in and taking over the top spot. Based on Nora Roberts’ romance thriller, the Alyssa Milano-starring film has only been on Netflix for six days, but it still managed to knock out Don’t Look Up.
You may be curious why a seemingly random release is the most popular film on the platform, and part of it is due to an overwhelming surge of support to combat jerks. When Milano was cast, Roberts was inundated on Facebook with members of her fanbase who hate Milano due to her participation in the #MeToo movement and her criticism of the Trump administration. Roberts stood by Milano’s casting and didn’t care what a bunch of bigots had to say, and there’s been a push from progressives to support the film to combat the hate campaign started by the #GoWokeGoBroke crowd. Well, it worked, because Brazen is the most-watched movie this week.