Title: I’m Reed Fish
Released: 2006

Fix: Stars Hollow
Platforms: Roku, FILMRISE

Netflix Summary:

A big fish in the little pond of Mud Meadows, Reed Fish has it all: He hosts a radio show with the mayor and is about to wed the town beauty. But when his high school crush resurfaces, he makes choices that throw his life into chaos.

FYA Summary:

In real life, small towns are probably suffocating to teenagers, but in the magical world of fiction, small towns are THE BEST. They’re always charming and bustling with adorable little shops and eccentric characters who create drama that’s never really that big of a deal.

In I’m Reed Fish, the town of Mud Meadows upholds this standard with a cast of quirky inhabitants, all of whom depend on Reed Fish to deliver the news via his daily radio show and weekly TV newscast. He also dishes out advice on everything from overgrown hedges to renegade chickens (although when it comes to his own wedding, he doesn’t have much to say). Mud Meadows is Reed Fish’s entire world… until the day that his old high school pal Jill returns from Austin (holla!) and exposes him to the promise of a much bigger life.

Familiar Faces:

Jay Baruchel as Reed Fish

Jay is ADORABLE in this movie, which is good, because Reed would be insufferable otherwise.

Alexis Bledel as Kate

It’s funny to see Rory in a small town that’s not Stars Hollow.

Schuyler Fisk as Jill

It’s Kristy from the BSC! (And Sissy Spacek’s daughter.) Schuyler is radiant in this movie, and I’m glad she gets to put her melodious voice to use!

Victor Rasuk as Frank Cortez

Victor has been in a ton of stuff, but I know him best from his role on How To Make It In America. He would easily be my favorite character in this movie if it weren’t for…

DJ Qualls as Andrew

Andrew works at the local convenience store, worships Chuck Norris and is prone to high fiving. He is GREAT.

Couch-Sharing Capability: No City Slickers Allowed

Like Mud Meadows, the population of your couch should remain small for this film. It’s a slow, sweet little gem, and you don’t want the nuances to be ruined by a rowdy crowd.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: Bucket of Lone Stars

Reed and Victor hang out at the local bar, where they’re served regular old beers–none of that fancy micro stuff–by the bartender, Chris Parnell. Don’t get drunk, because you might fall asleep thanks to the meandering pace, but do keep it real with a couple of ice cold brewskis.

Use of Your Netflix Subscription: Pleasant Detour

This film won’t change your life, nor will it leave an imprint on your soul. But it offers a lovely respite from city life, and the cast is incredibly warm and hospitable. It’s nothing fancy, and it’s certainly not complex, but it sure is delightful.


Sarah lives in Austin, and believes there is no such thing as a guilty pleasure, which is part of why she started FYA in 2009. Growing up, she thought she was a Mary Anne, but she's finally starting to accept the fact that she's actually a Kristy.