Netflix has introduced a new category, Short-Ass Movies, inspired by Pete Davidson’s latest sketch for Saturday night live.
In the musical skit, which aired April 2, the comedian joins Chris Redd, musical guest Gunna and actor Simon Rex to rap about films he feels are unnecessarily long. He then declares his fondness for “a short ass film. A really short film. Like at most an hour 40 [mins].”
“Because I’m a simple man with no attention span,” jokes Davidson to explain his preference.
films incl Once Upon a Time in America (1984; 4h 11m), The Batman (2022; 2h 56m) and Sex and the city 2 (2010; 2h 26m) are all ridiculed for their long duration during the skit.
In contrast, shorter films such as The Lion King (1994; 1h 29m), Good time (2017; 1h 41) and the Austin Powers films (all under 1h 40m) are praised, as are the three-minute shorts that appear at the beginning of the Pixar feature films.
@NetflixIsAJoke – the comedy arm of the streaming service – retweeted the skit, commenting “good idea” and linking to the new category.
A range of titles will be featured, from rom-coms such as bride wars (2009; 1h 29m) and Simply A (2010; 1h 32) to horror films included Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022; 1h 23) and Halloween (1978; 1 hr 31 min).
The sketch ends with Rex asking Davidson, “How long has it been The King of Staten Island?‘, which references the 2020 comedy, written by and starring Davidson, which runs for over two hours.
Davidson stutters in response, “It was about two hours and 17 minutes — but it took us all of those minutes.”
You can find a complete list of all movies and TV series coming to Netflix in April hereand everything leaving the streaming service this month here.
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