Release Year: 2020
Directed By: Prentice Penny
Starring: Niecy Nash, Courtney B. Vance, Mamoudou Athie, Kelly Jenrette, Matt McGorry, Gil Ozeri, Sasha Compère, Bernard David Jones, Meera Rohit Kumbhani
Release Date: Friday, March 27
Unlike most months, March seems to be a bit light on high-profile original films on Netflix. There’s always something new premiering each Friday, but there’s no guarantee that the movie you add to your watch list will have been what you were looking for. This month, Netflix debuts a trio of original movies ranging in genre that will keep you laughing, crying and guessing until those April showers arrive. March closes out with Uncorked, a comedy-drama full of wine and barbecue that’s one of the best new release movies coming to Netflix this month.
Mamaoudou Athie stars in Uncorked as Elijah, whose love for wine inspires him to enroll in a course with the intention of becoming a master sommelier. However, that title’s a difficult one to nab, as only a select few can pass the infamously challenging exam. Elijah’s sommelier dreams throw a wrench in his father’s expectation that he would assume responsibility for the family’s famous barbecue restaurant that has been passed down from generations of fathers and sons. Elijah and Louis wrestle with their opposing viewpoints until a tragedy brings them closer together and teaches them an important lesson.
Uncorked comes from director and writer Prentice Penny, who makes his feature directorial debut on the film after working on hit shows such as Scrubs, Happy Endings, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Insecure. The film was shot in late 2018 but will finally debut on Netflix this spring after making its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 14. As one of the few original movies coming this month, Uncorked isn’t one to be missed. Make sure to open a bottle of wine and check out the father-son dramedy when it begins streaming on Netflix at the end of the month.