Netflix’s ‘Luckiest Girl Alive’ is a mystery thriller film directed by Mike Barker based on the eponymous novel by Jessica Knoll. It stars Mila Kunis as Ani Fanelli, a successful New Yorker preparing for her wedding. Ani must confront painful memories from her past as she prepares for the wedding.
The nature of these memories and how they unravel Ani’s life make an enthralling ride that keeps viewers pinned to their seats. If you enjoyed the film’s depiction of sensitive themes such as sexual assault and school shootings, you must be looking for more such options to stream. We have compiled a list of similar films to help you choose. You can watch most of these movies like ‘Luckiest Girl Alive’ on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu!
7. Date Night (2010)
Directed by Shawn Levy, ‘Date Night’ is a romantic comedy film starring Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Taraji P. Henson, Common, and Mark Wahlberg, in the lead roles. The story follows Phil and Claire, who are a suburban couple with a boring life. However, the couple’s attempt to spice up their romantic life with an exciting plan turns into something more than they bargained for. The fast-paced and light-hearted film is a proper New York City tale and also features Mila Kunis in a pivotal role, making it similar to ‘Luckiest Girl Alive.’ Viewers looking to watch Kunis tackle a less complex but memorable role will enjoy ‘Date Night,’
6. Zola (2020).
Director Janicza Bravo’s ‘Zola’ is a dark comedy film based on a true story told to the world in the form of a Twitter thread. The film stars Riley Keough, Taylour Paige and Colman Domingo as the leads. The film centers around Zola, a stripper from New York who goes on wild trips to Florida with a friend. As Zola goes through traumatic experiences, however, the trip turns out to be something more. While the premise is different from ‘Luckiest Girl Alive,’ the movie uses sex trafficking to highlight the struggles and torment women find themselves subjected to. Like ‘Luckiest Girl Alive,’ the film features a strong female protagonist whose story is both motivating and eye-opening.
5. A Mouthfull of Air (2021).
‘A Mouthful of Air‘ is a psychological thriller film written and directed by Amy Koppelman. Amanda Seyfried stars as Julie Davis. She is an author whose books are about overcoming fears from childhood that have become bestsellers. Julie is unable to face a dark secret she has kept from herself in her childhood, and must learn how to deal with it. After the birth of her second baby, Julie is forced to face the trauma and secret from her past. The film’s premise will remind viewers of ‘Luckiest Girl Alive.’ Both films find their protagonists struggling with incidents from their past after a life-changing event. Moreover, ‘A Mouthful of Air’ also features actor Finn Wittrock in a role similar to his part in ‘Luckiest Girl Alive.’
4. It’s not okay (2022).
Written and directed by Quinn Shephard, ‘Not Okay‘ is a satirical comedy film starring Zoey Deutch. It is the story of Danni Sanders who is a young woman desperate to achieve internet fame. Danni soon realizes all her hopes are fulfilled when she is made to Paris for a fake trip. Danni has to deal with the ethical consequences for her actions. Similar to ‘Luckiest Girl Alive,’ the film challenges the notion of its protagonist’s ideas about a perfect life and slowly unravels it. Their plots also include violence. Viewers looking for something light-hearted compared to the thriller elements of ‘Luckiest Girl Alive’ will enjoy ‘Not Okay.’
3. The Fallout (2021).
‘The Fallout‘ is a teen drama film written and directed by Megan Park. The story follows Vada Cavell (a high school student) who is confronted with severe emotional trauma after a school shooting. Vada is able to overcome the trauma with the help her friends and reevaluate how she views the world. The shooting incident forms an essential part of the protagonist’s journey akin to ‘Luckiest Girl Alive.’ However, unlike ‘Luckiest Girl Alive,’ the film explores Vada’s life as the incident’s aftermath shapes it. The films’ protagonists are also significantly different in age, which results in very different results.
2. And then I go (2017)
Directed by Vincent Grashaw, ‘And Then I Go’ is a drama film about Edwin Hanratty, a bullied junior high student. He is constantly anxious and feels alienated. Edwin is plagued by anxiety and alienation. With the help Flake, Edwin creates a dangerous plan to vengeance on his classmates. The film presents a different take on childhood trauma and school shootings compared to ‘Luckiest Girl Alive.’ Moreover, the film follows the perspective of a male protagonist allowing it to explore some different themes. Both films, however, explore how tragedies can affect young and malleable brains.
1. Let Them All Speak (2020)
‘Let Them All Talk‘ directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Soderbergh stars Meryl Streep as Alice Hughes, an acclaimed author. Alice embarks on a cruise to England with her two best friends and her nephew, where she receives a highly prestigious honor. Alice must confront her complicated past and face the harsh truths that she has been avoiding for so many years. The film brilliantly explores how past secrets and unresolved traumas can unravel a person’s seemingly perfect life and force them the examine their place in the world. While the film shares its premise with ‘Let Them All Talk,’ the past of Alice is drastically different yet equally riveting from that of Ani. Therefore, ‘Let Them All Talk’ is definitely worth your time!
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