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The best new movies on Netflix in May

Netflix lightens up for spring with some of the most underrated comic performances by Kirsten Dunst and Eddie Murphy

Bring It On

May brings blondness (or in the case of Molly Ringwald, pinkness). It’s a month in which you’ll be tempted to be outside at the park, rather than rocking the couch watching the latest on Netflix. But the streaming service has anticipated your spring fever: You won’t find any Oscar winners, sci-fi stunners or Academy Award-winning Hollywood classics in May’s selection—just the underappreciated efforts of comic stars whose work has stood the test of time. Check out these five best new movies on Netflix.

Best new movies on Netflix

Bring It On (2000)

Kirsten Dunst sparks up significantly for this unusually intelligent 2000 comedy about the catty world of high-school cheerleading—“not a democracy, but a cheerocracy.”

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The Nutty Professor (1996)

If you’re Eddie Murphy, you can put on a fat suit, play seven different parts, work your ass off and still not be as good as Jerry Lewis. (Life’s unfair.) Considering that Murphy’s obnoxious Buddy Love reminds you a lot of his Delirious-era stand-up, though, this 1996 remake has real merit.

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Pleasantville (1998)

Long before he took on the violence of The Hunger Games, writer-director Gary Ross gave us this magical tale of twin siblings (Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon) transported into the painfully wholesome, black-and-white world of a 1950s sitcom. A bit heavy-handed? Sure, but it’s also beautiful to behold.

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Sixteen Candles (1984)

A fair amount of good John Hughes fun is undermined by (a) Molly Ringwald ending up with that boring, generic hunk instead of wily Anthony Michael Hall, and (b) one of the most offensive Asian stereotypes since Mickey Rooney. Still, Ringwald is iconic.

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To Catch a Thief (1955)

Even second-rate Hitchcock—which this decidedly is—is worth watching. It’s Cary Grant and Grace Kelly lookin’ awfully cute on the French Riviera, and sometimes that’s enough.

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And here’s everything coming in May, by date:

Available May 1
A Study in Sherlock (2016)
Admiral (2015)
Ava’s Possessions (2015)
Bring It On (2000)
Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006)
Easy Living: Seasons 1-3
El Crítico (2013)
FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998)
Finger of God (2007)
Gary Gulman: It's About Time (2016)
Great Expectations (1998)
I Am Road Comic (2014)
Jesus Town, USA (2014)
Just Friends (2005)
Kevin Hart Presents Keith Robinson: Back of The Bus Funny (2015)
Kevin Hart Presents Lil Rel: RELevent (2015)
Kevin Hart Presents: Plastic Cup Boyz (2015)
LoliRock: Season 1 (2014)
My Last Day Without You (2011)
The Nutty Professor (1996)
Off the Map (2013)
Palm Trees in the Snow (2015)
Pleasantville (1998)
Shark Lake (2015)
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Sugar Coated (2015)
Terra (2015)
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream (2007)
Who’s Driving Doug (2016)

Available May 2
The Replacements (2000)

Available May 3
Submerged (2015)

Available May 4
The Keeping Room (2015)
Shanghai Knights (2003)

Available May 5
Fourth Man Out (2015)

Available May 6
Ali Wong: Baby Cobra - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Baby Daddy: Season 5
Grace and Frankie: Season 2 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Young & Hungry: Season 3

Available May 8
The Chosen Ones (2015)

Available May 9
A Stand Up Guy (2015)

Available May 10
Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015)

Available May 11
Goosebumps (2015)
They Look Like People (2015)

Available May 12
Bleeding Heart (2015)

Available May 15
We Are Still Here (2015)
Yo Soy la Salsa (2014)

Available May 17
American Dad!: Season 10
Kindergarten Cop 2 (2016)
Slasher: Season 1 (2016)

Available May 18
A Girl Like Her (2015)

Available May 19
Benders: Season 1 (2015)

Available May 20
Lady Dynamite: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 22
David and Goliath (2015)
The Letters (2014)
The Ouija Experiment 2: Theatre of Death (2015)

Available May 23
Electricity (2014)

Available May 26
Graceland: Season 3
The Last Man on the Moon (2016)

Available May 27
Bloodline: Season 2 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Chef's Table: Season 2, Part 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Do-Over (2016) - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Mako Mermaids: Season 4 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 28
Hell on Wheels: Season 5