Netflix film in review: “Sextuplets”

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Netflix film in review: “Sextuplets”

Madeline Peterson, Film Reporter

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As I come back to school and use most of the money I made during the summer on tuition, I have little to no money to spend on a movie ticket. I do have Netflix though, and as I looked through what to watch to take a break from the influx of homework, Sextuplets, directed by Michael Tiddes, showed up on my screen as a suggestion.

This cheesy comedy centers around a dad-to-be who learns he is a sextuplet (six kids born at one time). The film shows the main character, Alan, played by Marlon Wayans, a well-known comedian, meeting his entire long-lost crazy family who are also all played by Marlon Wayans.

This film reinvents the ‘multiple roles with one actor’ as Marlon Wayans takes on six or more characters throughout the film, making it even more hilarious to watch as he interacts with himself in different ways.

The film pays tribute to Eddie Murphy by having Marlon Wayans play multiple roles in one film just as he did in many of his films. However, Sextuplets takes its own spin on the multiple roles for one actor as every character is supposed to look fairly similar because of the fact they were born together. It also gives more hilarity to the film as the running joke for Alan is that he doesn’t look anything like his siblings.

This film also offers some nostalgia if you are a fan of the 1970s show The Rockford Files. As Alan and Russel (two of the sextuplets) mimic the guitar solo of the theme song with outrageous hand gestures and out of tune humming, the show is brought to my memory as I used to watch Jimbo drive his 1977 Pontiac Firebird in a car chase that was well known in The Rockford Files. The nostalgia comes to life as Alan and Russel bond over this show throughout the movie, stating it is their favorite.

If you are someone that doesn’t necessarily like comedies filled with curse words, but still want to laugh at a bull running into a nice red car, this is definitely the film to watch. When I first saw the film come up in my suggested new releases I didn’t exactly jump at the shot to watch the film as the title of the film has “sex” in it. I assumed it was a bit raunchy, and you never know what to expect for a Netflix original film. However, I decided to watch it anyways as having one actor play all six siblings piqued my interest and I wanted to see how the director and editor pulled that off. I was highly relieved as it was purely comedic and having sextuplets as the title was probably a bit more eye-catching than having the title quintuplets or septuplets for example.

Overall, I would have to say that this film exceeded my expectations for not only a Netflix original film, as I haven’t found many that I enjoyed, but as a comedy. It was corny, but as a college student not exactly thrilled to get back to homework and tests, a good laugh is always a good thing. I will give it a 3.5 out of 5 because it was an overall great film. It was cheesy and they used some cliche comedy moves as to not give it a five out of five but it was funny, I enjoyed the nostalgia brought out and  Marlon  Wayans playing multiple roles is difficult and he did a great job!