POP CULTURE CHEAT SHEET: Movies & TV Specials To Watch This August

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WRITTEN BY MIA QUAGLIARELLO

6:00 pm
07/31/18

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August feels like the last hurrah for beach reads, summer blockbusters, and all those shows you’ve been meaning to watch. With school around the corner, it’s time to get an education on the pop culture musts in our near future. Listen up if you like rom-coms.

Hard to believe but Crazy Rich Asians is the first major Hollywood film with an all-Asian cast since The Joy Luck Club 25 years ago. The adaptation of the Kevin Kwan novel looks appropriately OTT. “Imagine the befuddling awe of Princess Diaries meets the excessiveness of Great Gatsby, turned up to 11,” writes ELLE. In theaters August 15.

Remember the excitement of high school crushes? Now watch that become humiliation when all your secret love letters get out to each object of your affection. OMGGG. That’s the plot of Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” a teen rom-com also notable for its Asian casting—the lead role is played by Vietnamese-American actress Lana Condor. Out August 17.

Medieval times: Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons” and “Futurama,” is doing the Netflix thing with Disenchantment, an animated fantasy series that follows the misadventures of a hard-drinking princess (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), her feisty elf companion, and her personal demon. Also starts on the 17th.

The 90s called…it wants its stars back. Gen-Xers will be doing the Hammer dance over the re-union of Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder in yet another rom-com, Destination Wedding. The film’s viral trailer indicates high levels of cantankerous cuteness when it opens on August 24.

Imagine heading out on a honeymoon cruise with…your dad. In Netflix’s Like Father, Kristen Bell is a jilted bride who winds up on a luxe trip with her estranged father, played by Kelsey Grammer. They find connection—and Seth Rogen. Begins August 3.

And let’s not forget the kids, shall we? They might enjoy Disney’s Christopher Robin, which revitalizes Winnie the Pooh for a new era (out August 3). But if you’re used to Pooh looking a certain way, brace for some unsettling stuffy action…

Lastly, it’s not new, but Hannah Gadsby’s “Nanette” is a comedy special that takes a brutal turn and will make you rethink the whole genre. Required viewing for all sentient creatures.

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