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Netflix Fix: Dear Zachary

Having a good day?  Feeling happy?  Don't worry; we're about to ruin that for you.

Netflix Fix: Dear Zachary

Title:  Dear Zachary: A Letter To a Son About His Father
Year: 2008
Fix: Weepy sobfest guaranteed to make you feel better about your life

Netflix Summary:  Kurt Kuenne's tribute to his murdered friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle won by Bagby's ex-girlfriend and accused killer.

FYA Summary:

Having a nice day?  Well, that's about to change.

In this gripping documentary, filmmaker Kurt Kuenne pens a love letter to his dead friend Andrew and, as the story progresses, amends his letter to include Andrew's child, Zachary.  Part documentary, part true-crime story and part memoir, Kurt's collection of stories and rememberances about Andrew are packaged for the son who will never know him . . . even though that son's mother is the person accused of murdering Andrew.

Familiar Faces:

Unless you are familiar with Newfoundland & Labroador's extradition or victims' rights laws, you probably aren't familar with any of these faces, since this is a documentary starring real people.  

Couch-Sharing Capability: Extremely Low

I mean, your mileage may vary, but I can't imagine gathering a bunch of friends around for this movie.  I just want to sit on the couch with only my pets surrounding me, crying into a pint of ice cream, and grieving over the loss of life.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: It Depends

It all depends!  Is this your first time watching Dear Zachary?  If so, I'd suggest that you watch it stone-cold sober. Is this your eighth time watching it, because you enjoy pain?  Then get very, very drunk.

Use of Your Netflix Subscription: Best

I've said it before and I'll say it again; these types of movies are the reason Netflix Streaming exists.  Would I have ever checked this film out when it was released, or if I had to search for it?  No.  But over the years, it's become something of a cult classic for Netflix Streaming subscribers, and for good reason.  It's not perfect or slick, but it's just the kind of heartfelt offering that makes your Netflix subscription so special.

Erin Callahan's photo About the Author: Erin is loud, foul-mouthed, an unrepentant lover of trashy movies and believes that champagne should be an every day drink. When she isn't drowning in a sea of engineers for whom Dilbert is still uproariously funny, she's writing about books, tv, the cult of VC Andrews and more.
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