Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony Shalhoub
Bless the good people of Netflix for streaming only the first Men in Black, effectively erasing the memory of the two lazy sequels behind those red DVD envelopes no one messes with anymore. Now, as it was in 1997, Barry Sonnenfeld's sci-fi comedy provides a neat explanation for the weirdness of living in a city: We are all surrounded by aliens. Like, extra terrestrials.
Will Smith, the most lovable man in America in the '90s, plays ambitious NYPD officer James Darrell Edwards III, who gets initiated into the Men in Black, the organization tasked with keeping aliens from interrupting human affairs too much. Under the guidance of grizzled Agent K (the forever old Tommy Lee Jones), Agent J takes on a big case looking for a missing galaxy. The answer to the mystery is blocked by the grotesque roach man Edgar (a particularly plastic Vincent D'Onofrio).
Press play on this gem, a great comic book adaptation made during a time before tired summer franchises demanded exceptional eye-rolling, and you'll find yourself asking for more sugar in your water in no time.