25 best new Netflix movies coming in May 2019

Photo Credit: Wine Country/Netflix/Colleen Hayes, Acquired From Netflix Media Center
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WESTWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 14: (US TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) (L-R) Actress Anna Faris and actor Ryan Reynolds attend the after party for the premiere of New Line’s “Just Friends” at the Westwood Brewing Company on November 14, 2005 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 14: (US TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) (L-R) Actress Anna Faris and actor Ryan Reynolds attend the after party for the premiere of New Line’s “Just Friends” at the Westwood Brewing Company on November 14, 2005 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images) /

18. Just Friends

Release Year: 2005

Directed By: Roger Kumble

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein, Christopher Marquette, Julie Hagerty, Stephen Root, Fred Ewanuick, Amy Matysio, Barry Flatman

Release Date: Wednesday, May 1

Every so often, movies come and go from Netflix without explanation. But no matter how often they come and go, they will always be headlining attractions and among the best new releases of the month. The 2005 cult comedy Just Friends is a usual suspect on Netflix, and it returns to the platform in May for all of your comedy needs. If you’ve been jonesing for a viewing of the holiday hit, your wish is Netflix’s command.

Ryan Reynolds stars in Just Friends as Chris Brander, who in 1995, was an awkward, overweight teenager with romantic feelings for his best friend Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart). When his confession of love in her yearbook results in bring friend-zoned and humiliated, he leaves his small town after graduation and returns 10 years later as, well, Ryan Reynolds. Chris, now a record executive, tries to win Jamie back over the holidays in spite of his involvement with pop star Samantha James (Anna Faris).

Just Friends comes from director Roger Kumble, who also directed the iconic film Cruel Intentions and the hilarious rom-com The Sweetest Thing. Upon release, Just Friends receive lukewarm reviews from critics, amounting to a 42% on Rotten Tomatoes and a $50.9 worldwide box office gross. But over the years, the film has amassed an appreciation from its cult following, especially for the knockout performance from Anna Faris. Don’t miss Just Friends (again) when it begins streaming in May, just shy of its 15th anniversary next year.