Granted, Michael Patrick Jann’s black comedy mockumentary about a small-town beauty pageant isn’t quite Barbie-scaled, but there’s plenty of glitz and glamour and satire of overt femininity to go around. Once you’re done catching up with the teenage girls of Mount Rose, Minnesota, dive into Ron Howard’s portrayal of Nobel-winning mathematician John Nash—but bear in mind that the film differs greatly from the IRL story, which might just drive you crazy if you’re a history buff.
Legally Blonde (2001) and Reversal of Fortune (1990)
We’re getting legal-themed with this one, folks: Nothing brightens up a dreary weekday like taking a trip into Legally Blonde protagonist Elle Woods’s pink, glittery, giggly, yet extremely legal-minded world—and for a chaser, dip into Barbet Schroeder’s legal drama adapted from Alan Dershowitz’s 1985 book Reversal of Fortune: Inside the von Bülow Case. (If you hail from Gen Z, ask your mom or weird aunt who Sunny von Bülow is. Also, don’t forget sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy out. Sorry.)