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Netflix’s best escapism films

There are plenty of guys who enjoy romantic comedies and lots of gals who like suspense and drama. But on balance, when women look for escapism, they tend to gravitate toward buddy comedies and all-comes-out-at-the-end tearjerkers. 

The SlotoCash casino lobby features lots of online slots for the ladies including Diamond Dozen, Gemtopia, Mermaid Queen and Regal Riches. But when you want to back off from the interactive fun of a slot machine and relax with some streaming video entertainment, check out what Netflix is offering this month for the gals.

The Runaways

The Runaways is a biopic about the real-life 1970s teenage all-girl punk-rock band and their start in the music world. The band rose from rebellious Southern California high schoolers to rock stars with the help of their manager who was more interested signing them and promoting them than he was in seeing them develop in a healthy way.

From their early performances in Japan to their signing with Mercury Records, the film follows the girls’ relationships, ambitions, jealousies, rebellions and eventual struggles. Highlights of the film include the 70s fashions and thumping soundtrack. 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Anyone who ever spent time in high school as one of the unpopular crowd will related to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before which follows Lara Jean, a wallflower who spends her days staying clear of mean girls and her nights fantasizing about her crushes.

Her imagination leads her to write letters to the boys who she knows are “out of her league” but when one letter gets out, Lara Jean must conspire with a good-hearted jock, Peter, to pretend to be her boyfriend. To no one’s great surprise, the fake romance turns sweetly real.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind  

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind isn’t your traditional chick-film but it’s inspiring and makes for a stimulating viewing event. The film centers on 14-year-old William Kamkwamba who saves his village in Malawi when a drought hits. William is kicked out of his school because his family lacks the money to pay his school fees but he studies physics books in the library and builds a wind generator to save the town. The movie is based on the real-life memoir of William Kamkwamba. 


In the 1950s the most a young girl could dream of was to marry a good man and have a family. In this adaptation of The Price of Salt, Mara, a shop girl who dreams of becoming a photographer, marries Carol. The two embark on a torrid romance of forbidden love and intoxicating love. 

Steel Magnolias 

This 1989 film never ages. The story centers on Truvy Jones’ beauty parlor where a tight-knit group of friends support each other through heartaches, tragedies, loves and losses. The women gossip their way through the tales and traumas of the town with each lady adding her own special brand of support to the group.

Viewers come to know and love M’Lynn, her daughter Shelby, Annelle the beauty shop assistant, Southern belle Clairee and curmudgeon Ouiser. The women show that with friendship, everything can turn out all right.

No Reservations

If you want a movie that doesn’t demand too much of your energy, check out No Reservations, a charming, light-hearted 2007 movie about Kate, a master chef who runs her kitchen and her life with precision and intent. She’s a no-nonsense type of gal but her inability to tolerate any type of upheaval in her life is tested when her niece comes to live with her. When the restaurant hires a second chef, Italian-trained Nick, Kate’s equanimity is tested to the limit and…you guessed it….sparks fly in more ways than one.

Always Be My Maybe 

Always Be My Maybe is another feel-good rom-com in which childhood friends Sasha and Marcus have a passionate night in the back of Marcus’s car but end up separating. Fast forward to the characters in their 30s – Sasha becomes a highly-successful LA chef.

On a break with her fiancée she returns home to San Francisco and opens a restaurant. Her friend hires Marcus to install the air conditioning unit and the 2 old friends reunite.   They go through different trials and tribulations, break-ups and make-ups, but….wouldn’t you know it… the end they get back together for good.

The Lovebirds

The Lovebirds delivers a bit more than couple-fall-in-love-couple-bicker-couple-reunite because in the middle of all this bickering, Leilani and Jibran discover that they are being framed for a hit-and-run homicide.  The two must get away from the cops, who want to arrest them, and the crooks, who want to kill them, to clear their names and find he real guilty parties. Along the way they rediscover why they fell for each other in the first place.

The Breaker Uppers

It’s not easy to think of a new business but Jen and Mel have – they market themselves as the Breaker Uppers. For a small fee Jen and Mel will help a partner who wants to get out of a relationship do so. They are prepared to fake a death, play pregnant, impersonate police officers or do whatever it takes to allow the partner who is paying them to ghost the to-be ex. Jen and Mel can be ruthless in their work but complications arise when one of them develops a conscience. 

So pop up the popcorn and set out for a relaxing night of movies!

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