On the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live, cast member Pete Davidson had a suggestion for Netflix: a category specifically for short movies. Netflix, it turns out, was listening and has done exactly that (via The Verge).
Davidson offered up his idea in the form of a rap track featuring fellow cast member Chris Redd, musical guest Gunna, and actor Simon Rex as they dunk on long movies like Matt Reeves’ recent film The Batman and Davidson’s own The King of Staten Island. The track laid out the nature of the idea: sometimes it’s late, and you want to watch something on Netflix, but you don’t want to wade through a bunch of three-hour-plus movies. What you want is something short–an hour and forty minutes at most.
Now, you can head over to Netflix’s new category over at netflix.com/shortassmovies, and see a massive collection of qualifying movies split up by genre. The list includes movies like Zoolander, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Final Destination 5, Lady Bird, Pee Wee’s Big Holiday, and tons of Netflix Originals.
We’re hoping this category will stick around, even if it gets a more family-friendly name because Davidson is right–there’s a certain appeal to a nice, short movie that you know you can finish before you fall asleep on the couch.