Three Netflix watch instant movies that have helped keep me sane

We’re into day six of being past-due, my friends. My mom had to go back to Chicago yesterday and even gulping down castor oil on my birthday did not do the trick. I am housing one stubborn baby and/or have the most comfortable Steve Urkle uterus (because that’s basically what a preggo belly is, right?) for a baby to hang out in. Sigh. I’m getting an induction massage this afternoon – fingers crossed!

Do know that I recognize I am being a total brat complaining about this, because it’s much less scary to be overdue than had I gone into labor months prematurely.

Anyhow, what’s a beached whale of a lady to do (when not watching fireworks at the Iowa Cubs game, or sitting in her lawn in a zero gravity chair) whilst waiting? We’ve been watching some instant Netflix movies lately and I figured I’d let you in on which ones in case you’re also experiencing ennui.



There was a little buzz here about this movie when it came out because it’s supposed to revolve around the Iowa State Fair Butter Sculpture. It’s actually pretty darkly-funny and not family appropriate at all. It namechecks some Iowa things, which makes me smile. I was surprised by the big-name actors in what seems to have been a pretty low-budget film, but they appeared to have a blast making it!

The Giant Mechanical Man


My watch-alone guilty pleasure show is “The Mindy Project” (it’s seriously hilarious) and this movie stars Chris Messina from that show and Jenna Fischer from “The Office.” Also, Topher Grace is in it and I kind of love him. It’s a pretty slow, predictable movie (IMDB summary: An offbeat romantic comedy about a silver-painted street performer and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for him) aside from enjoying the actors in it, but I thought it was a nice enough little film.

Safety Not Guaranteed


This movie features another Mindy Project cast member, Mark Duplass, and Aubrey Plaza from “Parks  & Rec.” It’s quirkier (Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel) and sweet.

For movie reviews from someone who actually knows what the hell he’s talking about, let me direct you to my friend Nick Renkoski’s blog. He’ll help you spruce up your queue in no time!


Filed under At home, movies/art

3 responses to “Three Netflix watch instant movies that have helped keep me sane

  1. LOVE, these movies.

    Sending good thoughts your way. Can’t wait to meet baby jam-jam soon!

  2. LOVE these movies. I haven’t seen the mechanical man one, but it’s in the queue. I’m afraid it’ll be a bit depressing, so I’ve not watched. When is that jam jam getting here??

  3. Joe Lawler

    Has the baby come? Because if not, what Berkleigh and I did was go for a long walk around Merle Hay Mall, then we ate a bunch of spicy food. Then we watched “Rubber” on Watch Instantly, which prompted Ava to to decide “I can’t sit through this crappy movie any longer!”
    A grueling 30 some hours later, she was here.

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