Another year is about to come to an end, and it’s another year that Netflix has no Hanukkah movies. At this point, it’s like they are actively trying to not have at least one Hanukkah movie for the holiday season.
Considering they have a Christmas movie for every scenario imaginable (how many twins can Vanessa Hudgens have??), it just looks worse and worse that they have absolutely no Hanukkah or Jewish holiday movies.
And by Hanukkah movies, I don’t mean the story behind the holiday with the oil lasting eight nights when it was barely supposed to last one. I mean the movies that Netflix does best: romances. Give us the Hanukkah rom-coms we’ve been craving.
Give us the frazzled businesswoman who goes home to her small hometown for Hanukkah to visit her family only to find out that the dude working on her parents’ car is the love of her life.
Netflix has no original Hanukkah movies for the 2022 holiday season
Give us the down-on-her-luck 30-something who falls in love with a rabbi. Not to give you any ideas, Netflix, but there are so many books you could adapt in the “falls in love with a rabbi” category alone. Y’all love to adapt books. I recommend The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan.
You can also go with the estranged son who comes home to his family only to find that his childhood best friend and the guy he went to Hebrew class with is now hot AF and also his one true love. There are endless possibilities.
And how could we forget the fake dating trope? Maybe a Jewish florist doesn’t want to once again go see her family without a girlfriend? So she enlists the next customer that comes through her doors. But, uh oh, they might just be catching real feelings for each other.
And let’s be honest, when Hallmark has multiple Hanukkah movies now, it doesn’t look great that Netflix has zero. When you type “Hanukkah” into their search bar, the only actual Jewish movie is a 2018 film called The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbrush, which is Jewish but is not a Hanukkah movie. And My Unorthodox Life does not count.
So, Netflix, I once again plead with you to please make some Hanukkah movies. Whether it be romance, action, or comedy, we Jews are in need of some movies to watch over the eight days we light the menorah.
And, while I’m not his biggest fan, if they have to include Adam Sandler, so be it. Just do better, Netflix.
What types of Hanukkah movies would you like to see Netflix make? Let us know in the comments below!