Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks co-starring in a movie in the 90s should be reason alone to watch it. When it deals with homophobia, you’re given even more reason to do so.
Tom Hanks plays Andy, a gay man recently diagnosed with HIV at the height of its outbreak, who was fired due to prejudice. The film follows Joe (Washington), a lawyer who has to overcome his own prejudices to defend Andy in court.
Hanks and Washington are each predictably excellent in their respective roles as they navigate a world full of unfounded fear and hate towards homosexuals. This movie is what former Best Picture winner Green Book should have been over two decades earlier. It’s a tale of reconciliation and understanding, which is unfortunately still meaningful in modern times.
This is the second of an excellent back-to-back from director Jonathan Demme, who had just come off of making The Silence of the Lambs. Plus, it features excellent music from the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.
If you’re looking for a feel-good movie on Netflix that will inspire hope and acceptance, Philadelphia is the perfect choice.