Netflix Choices For July 4

Be careful in choosing new Netflix animation to celebrate Independence Day, because America: The Motion Picture and We the People couldn’t be more different.

America: The Motion Picture, debuting tomorrow, June 30, is a raunchy 98-minute take on the American Revolution, from the folks who brought you Archer and Magic Mike. A chainsaw-yielding George Washington (Channing Tatum) teams with a beer-guzzling Sam Adams (Jason Mantzoukas) to take down King James (Simon Pegg) and his Brits in a film that also features Paul Revere (Bobby Moynihan), Benedict Arnold (Andy Samberg), and a few later characters in U.S. history such as Thomas Edison (Olivia Munn), Geronimo (Raoul Max Trujillo) and Abraham Lincoln (Will Forte).

On the other hand, We the People, debuting this Sunday, July 4, consists of 10 three-minute educational music video civics lessions for younger people, from the folks who lived in the White House for eight years: Barack and Michelle Obama. Performers include H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, Brandi Carlile, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Lambert, Cordae, Bebe Rexha, KYLE, Andra Day, and Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman.

(Top image source: Netflix YouTube trailer)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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