WATCH LIST: Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd Play Boyfriends in “Ideal Home,” Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw Are DL in “A Very English Scandal”

Plus coming and going on Netflix in July.

In Theaters

Ideal Home

Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan play bitchy boyfriends in this gay comedy about a campy, showboating celebrity chef (Coogan) and his prickly partner in work and life (Rudd). When the former’s 10-year-old grandson (Jack Gore) shows up after his ne’er-do-well father is arrested, the pair find their relationship tested—and possibly for the better. Also available on VOD. (Brainstorm Media)

Love, Cecil

Rupert Everett narrates director Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s documentary about one of the 20th Century’s most prolific gay personalities and multi-talents, Cecil Beaton, who worked in photography, writing, theater, and most famously as an Oscar-winning costume and art designer for films including My Fair Lady and Gigi. (Zeitgeist)

DVD/Blu-Ray/Video on Demand

Super Troopers 2

A 16-years-later sequel to the Broken Lizard collective’s stoner comedy, incompetent Vermont state troopers reunite to help transition Canadian land back to the U.S.—with gay faves Rob Lowe and Brian Cox. (VOD, Fox Searchlight)

Lean on Pete

In this new drama from director Andrew Haigh (HBO’s Looking, Weekend), 15-year-old Charley (Charlie Plummer) is raised by a single dad (Travis Fimmel) but finds companionship at the nearby racetrack with a trainer (Steve Buscemi), a jockey (Chloe Sevigny), and an injured horse named Lean on Pete. When tragedy strikes, Charley runs off with the prize steed in search of his long-lost aunt. (VOD, A24)


A Very English Scandal

Queer as Folk creator Russell T. Davies and director Stephen Frears’ (Prick Up Your Ears) incredible miniseries adaptation of John Preston’s nonfiction book stars Hugh Grant as Jeremy Thorpe, a charming yet manipulative Parliament member who maintained a secret affair in the 1970s with a slightly unstable would-be model played by Ben Whishaw. Sensational, delicious, funny, and impeccably acted stuff! (Amazon)


In the second season of writer/director Mia Lidofsky’s ultra-likable dramedy about Isobel (Zoe Chao), a Los Angeles bisexual 20-something who rents out a spare room through Airbnb and sometimes forms intimate connections with her guests, she and best lesbian buddy Cam (Meredith Hagner) relocate to New York. (Facebook Watch)

On Netflix

Take a trip back to the pokey when Orange Is the New Black: Season Six debuts July 27. Another round of Jerry Seinfeld’s addictive Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Freshly Brewed streams July 6 with episodes with Kate McKinnon, Ellen DeGeneres, and Alec Baldwin. Also available July 6, The Fosters: Season Five sees Callie going to bat for her transgender boyfriend. Bonus: Beginning July 1, revisit Tom Cruise as a vampire with the hots for Brad Pitt, plus a preteen Kirsten Dunst as their undead “daughter,” in 1994’s Interview With the Vampire.


Also Coming to Netflix in July

A Very Secret Service: Season 2
Amazing Interiors
An Education
Anne with an E: Season 2
Blue Bloods: Season 8
Blue Valentine
Bo Burnham: what.
Bonusfamiljen: Season 2
Cupcake & Dino – General Services
Dance Academy: The Comeback
Dark Tourist
Deep Undercover: Collection 3
Disney’s Bolt
Drug Lords: Season 2
Duck Duck Goose
El Aviso (The Warning)
Father of the Year
Finding Neverland
First Team: Juventus: Season 1: Part B
Fix It and Finish It: Collection 3
Free Rein: Season 2
Get Smart
Going for Gold
Gone Baby Gone
Good Witch: Season 4
Happy Gilmore
Hawaii Five-O: Season 8
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 4
How It Ends
Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial
Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 2
Jim Jefferies: This Is Me Now
Jimmy: The True Story of a True Idiot
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
Last Chance U: EMCC & Life After
Last Chance U: INDY: Part 1
Lockup: Extended Stay: Collection 1
Luna Petunia: Return to Amazia: Season 2
Madam Secretary: Season 4
Menace II Society
NCIS: Season 15
Queens of Comedy: Season 2
Rica, Famosa, Latina: Seasons 1-4
Roman Empire: Reign of Blood: Master of Rome
Sacred Games
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Scream 4
Shameless: Season 8
Sofia the First: Season 4
Somebody Feed Phil: The Second Course
Sugar Rush
Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 3
The Bleeding Edge
The Boondock Saints
The Comedy Lineup
The Company Men
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale: Part 2
The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
The Princess Diaries
The Sinner: Season 1
The Skin of The Wolf
The Voices
The Worst Witch: Season 2
Van Helsing
We Own the Night
We the Marines
Welcome to the Family
What We Started
White Fang

Jurassic Park

Leaving Netflix in July

July 1
Along Came Polly
An Honest Liar
Before Midnight
Bring It On
Bring It On Again
Bring It On: All or Nothing
Bring It On: Fight to the Finish
Bring It On: In It to Win It
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon 2
Lethal Weapon 3
Lethal Weapon 4
Little Women
Michael Clayton
Midnight in Paris
Mixed Signals
More Than a Game
Piglet’s Big Movie
Rugrats Go Wild
Scary Movie
Scream 3
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
The Art of War
Tropic Thunder
V for Vendetta

Leaving July 2
Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Leaving July 8
Alpha & Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom
Real Husbands of Hollywood: Seasons 1-5

Leaving July 9
Ratchet and Clank

Leaving July 11
Alice Through the Looking Glass

Leaving July 14
Wild Hogs

Leaving July 15
Lockup: State Prisons: Collection 1
Small Is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary

Leaving July 16

Leaving July 29
The Den

Leaving July 30
A Cinderella Story
Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot Swing State

Lawrence is a New York-based travel and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York and The New York Post.