Anything Coming Out on Streaming Services This June Worth Watching? Well …

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Summer’s technically a couple weeks away yet, but for most of us, we’re emotionally already there. School’s either out or kids are counting the days ’til it is. Parents are prepping for picnics, vacations, trips to the beach and hikes in the mountains. It’s a great time to reconnect as a family.

And sometimes, families reconnect by watching a movie together.

But is there anything really worth watching?

We’ve been critical of many shows on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime before, of course. All you need to do is check out our reviews of 13 Reasons Why or The Handmaid’s Tale to understand why. But these services offer a broad array of entertainment options, and some of them aren’t that bad.

Be sure to check out Plugged In’s reviews of anything mentioned below to see if it’s right for you and yours. But after scouring lists as to what’s new this month on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu in June, we have a few possible suggestions:

Netflix

National Treasure (PG, 2004): This rip-roaring mystery/adventure starring Nicolas Cage earned plaudits from our reviewer Bob Smithouser, who said at the time that this movie suggests that “live-action PGs may no longer be limited to inane fodder that writes off anyone capable of long division.” Alas, we haven’t seen a large number of clean, fun, action adventures since National Treasure. But this one may fit the bill.

Tarzan (G, 1999): With Disney prepping to launch their own streaming service, Netflix is savoring the opportunity to roll with the Mouse House’s content while it can. While this film won’t be streaming until June 23, Plugged In’s Smithouser says it might be worth the wait: “It’s clear that Tarzan will charm viewers of all ages,” he writes.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13, 2017): Netflix won’t unveil this polarizing chapter in the Star Wars saga until June 26. While parents should be aware of lots of talk about the Force and some violent moments, The Last Jedi still did land a Plugged In nomination last year as one of the best movies for teens.

Hulu

The Lord of the Rings movies (PG-13): Listen, this Tolkien books-based film series can be really, really violent. And all of them are quite intense and, certainly, not made with younger children in mind. But chances are, if this sort of movie appeals to you, you’ve already seen Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King in all their powerful, resonant, heroic, Oscar-winning glory. Hulu is giving you a chance to see them again.

Amazon Prime

I Am David (PG, 2003): Twelve-year-old David has spent pretty much his entire life in A labor camp in the Soviet Union. But when he’s given a critical mission to deliver an important letter, he (with the help of a friend or two) escapes the camp and takes off on a sprawling adventure—one that eventually leads him back to his mother. Let me be honest: I had not heard about this film until it popped up on Amazon Prime’s queue, but Plugged In sure liked it back in the day. “It’s a beautiful thing when Hollywood takes a beloved work of fiction and turns it into something bigger and finer than it was,” writes Smithouser. “They’ve done so by allowing the noble heart of I Am David to shine through what could have been a dark, heavy tale.”

So there you have it—a few possibilities, at least, to consider watching with your family when the sun’s not shining (or shining a little too much). Again, don’t take these suggestions as blanket endorsements. But I might be watching (or re-watching) a couple of these myself.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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charitysplace 11 months ago
BTW: something NOT to watch on Netflix this June -- Steve Martin and Martin Short's comedy sketch. I went in expecting *some* crudeness but wound up fast-forwarding through a crass musical number about Jesus' illegitimate brother, which Short performed in long johns with male body parts drawn on, and gestures to enhance the "fun."
Dragon Flame 11 months ago
I wholeheartedly recommend National Treasure
charitysplace 11 months ago
I thought Lost in Space on Netflix was pretty good! I don't recall it ever violating its PG rating. 
Andrew Gilbertson 11 months ago
Although it is a bit intense, thematically, and probably is a bit too much so for most kids in the single-digits.

But otherwise agree with you, I thought it was pretty good and fairly clean. Violence and occasional language were the primary issues I can recall.
charitysplace 11 months ago
Yeah, probably too much for tiny kids.

Tho, at about 9 years old, I probably would have thought it was the BEST. THING. EVER.

I would have felt traumatized at one point, however. You probably can figure out which when SPOILERS a certain someone walks off a cliff.
Andrew Gilbertson 11 months ago
Oh, gosh. Don't get me started on that. I'm 33, and I ended up taking a several-week break from the series after that moment.

(And especially don't get me started on the last episode, where despite having done that thing, a certain character still continues to presume upon the friendship between them and act as if the character is somehow acting oddly for not resuming that friendship after the attempted murder. They never apologize. Never. Just continue to act as if the friendship is a given that is owed them and must be restored, no matter what they've done to the other. That is the one thing that has stuck in my craw since; and the one character I consequently dislike out of the cast...)

But otherwise, as I said, a great show. I especially liked the handling of the parents' relationship; allowing them both to be competent, and both to be flawed- admitting mistakes, asking forgiveness, growing. I really appreciated that.

(Commented on your original comment because, for some reason, there isn't a 'reply' option on your new one for me).
charitysplace 11 months ago
SPOILERS.

Hah! I'm close to your age and even I thought that moment was pretty horrific. =P

I chalked the kid's attempts to reconcile (without an apology) up to their age / nativity, but it did strike me as odd their expectation of loyalty from a robot they had ordered to kill itself. And like you, I enjoyed seeing the parents mend their marriage / reconcile / overcome their flawed past. They worked well together. They kept their focus on the kids and keeping them safe. Etc. It was a refreshing take on parenting and overcoming differences. I liked watching them interact and overcome things as a family unit. Even when they all disagreed, they still looked out for each other.