Say “I Do”: 5 Netflix Films and Series that Tackle the Complexities of Marriage

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These Netflix shows offer a genuine portrayal of marriage, showcasing its intricate, messy, and enchanting aspects.

The world of entertainment is brimming with stories of love and romance. It caters to our never-ending desire for tales that leave us feeling thrilled and, at times, optimistic about how our own “love stories” will unfurl.

However, these narratives aren’t always about idyllic moments and serendipitous encounters. When it comes to love, particularly the realm of marriage, it encompasses a vast spectrum of experiences. It’s the harmonious fusion of hard work, dedication, and everything in between.

So, whether it’s a modern-day classic that has earned its place in the hearts of many or a controversial new release, here are five films and shows on Netflix that present a range of perspectives on marriage.


For a thought-provoking exploration of marriage, consider watching Noah Baumbach’s timeless classic, “Marriage Story.” This impactful and critically acclaimed drama delves into the intricacies of marriage, chronicling the journey of stage director Charlie (Adam Driver) and his actress wife Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) from marital bliss to divorce. Drawing inspiration from director Noah Baumbach’s own experiences with divorce, “Marriage Story” offers a stark and somber reminder of what marriages can entail once the initial euphoria fades and the rose-colored glasses come off. It skillfully weaves an unvarnished narrative of marriage, earning its rightful place as one of the most authentic cinematic portrayals of both divorce and marriage itself.

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If you’re a fan of gripping soap operas, “Remarriage and Desires” is a must-watch. This 8-episode Netflix K-drama takes you deep into the gritty realm of the remarriage market, with Kim Hee-Seon delivering a stellar performance as Seo Hye-Seung. Packed with all the elements that make a revenge story compelling—drama and scandal—this show offers a captivating exploration of a highly esteemed facet of South Korean culture, where marriage holds significant cultural and social significance. The first episode sets the stage perfectly, immersing viewers in the cutthroat world of high-class matchmaking, a domain familiar to only a select few.

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Marriages demand considerable effort, and this applies even to ‘fake marriages.’ This forms the core theme of “Purple Hearts.” The film immerses us in the world of Cassie (Sofia Carson), a struggling musician, and Luke (Nicholas Galitzine), a marine. Faced with their own pressing motives and growing financial challenges, they embark on a sham marriage of convenience. The movie serves as a compelling recipe for a love story filled with obstacles and eventual triumph, starting off with the beloved trope of enemies-turned-lovers.

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YOU ME HER (2017)

This groundbreaking series revolves around the lives of a suburban couple, Jack (Greg Poehler) and Emma (Rachel Blanchard), who decide to add some excitement to their marriage. Their path leads them to Izzy (Priscilla Faia), a student and part-time escort, whom they both develop deep feelings for and ultimately invite into their relationship as a lover. It may sound intricate, and indeed, it is. “You Me Her” sheds light on the intriguing realm of polyamory and marriage in a refreshing and captivating manner. As the series unfolds, we not only observe how this trio navigates a world that often stigmatizes their union but also witness how they confront the ups and downs of their relationships, much like traditional couples do.

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WHAT IF (2023)

For many couples, marital challenges typically surface months or even years after the wedding. However, encountering these issues right in the midst of your honeymoon, on a remote and secluded island no less, is far from ideal. But that’s precisely the situation Billie (Alessandra de Rossi) and Jecs (JM de Guzman), newlywed musicians, find themselves in within the storyline of “What If.” Stranded on this private island during a storm, they are forced to confront their lingering unresolved problems and explore their most profound “what ifs.” What unfolds is an authentic portrayal of the inherent messiness of marriages, regardless of where you find yourself on that journey, offering a candid glimpse into the harsh realities intertwined with commitment.

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