Skip to main content

3 underrated movies on Peacock you need to watch in August

Slowly, but surely, Peacock continues to grow in popularity with each passing quarter. As of June 2023, Peacock’s paid subscribers amounted to 24 million, a 20 million increase from June 2021. With new releases from Universal, Peacock has become the streaming home for 2023 releases, including The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Cocaine Bear, and Renfield.

If you’re looking for an older movie you might have missed when it came out, Peacock has some underrated selections that still hold up years later. Below, we offer some undervalued suggestions to watch in August.

99 Homes (2014)

Andrew Garfield stands behind Michael Shannon in front of a house in 99 Homes.
Broad Green Pictures

What happens when the victim becomes the perpetrator? In 99 Homes, the initial victim is Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield), an unemployed single father evicted from his home along with his mother and son. Rick Carver (Michael Shannon), the real estate businessman who evicted Dennis, takes a liking to the young father and offers him a job to work as a handyman on his properties.

Dennis accepts and later becomes Rick’s assistant, learning the schemes and loopholes used to prey on struggling homeowners. However, Dennis soon faces a moral dilemma that forces him to choose between doing the right thing and making money to buy back his house. Directed by Ramin Bahrani, 99 Homes is a poignant view into the class divide and how so many innocent people fall victim to corporate greed.

Stream 99 Homes on Peacock.

Neighbors (2014)

Zac Efron stands and talks to Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne in Neighbors.
Universal Pictures

Zac Efron has the tools to be a proper leading man, especially in comedies. With his talent, looks, and charm, Efron should be an even bigger star than he currently is. He just needs better roles that properly utilize his skills. Neighbors is the best example of a film that lets Efron cook. Directed by Nicholas Stoller, the film stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne star as Mac and Kelly Radner, a married couple with a young infant who unknowingly move next door to a college fraternity led by Efron’s Teddy Sanders.

When the Radners call the cops to bust one of the fraternity’s parties, Teddy makes it his mission to ruin their lives. However, Mac and Kelly fight back as the neighboring house engages in an epic prank war to see who will move out first. Thanks to the chemistry between Rogen and Efron, and the hilarious gags (beef stew before watching The View), Neighbors remains one of the best studio comedies of the last 15 years.

Stream Neighbors on Peacock.

Short Term 12 (2013)

Brie Larson sits next to LaKeith Stanfield and stares in Short Term 12.

Grace Howard (Brie Larson) is a counselor at a home for at-risk teenagers. Though Grace preaches honesty and communication, she fails to practice what she preaches in her own life, as she struggles to cope with years of sexual abuse by her father. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Short Term 12 is an emotionally gripping story, but its lasting memory is its stellar cast.

An independent film made for $400,000 boasts a cast of future A-list stars and award winners. The ensemble features Oscar winner Brie Larson, Tony winner John Gallagher, Jr., Emmy nominee Kaitlyn Dever, Oscar nominee LaKeith Stanfield, and Oscar winner Rami Malek. Melora Walters and Stephanie Beatriz are also featured in the ensemble. Good luck finding a more accomplished cast with that small of a budget in the last decade.

Stream Short Term 12 on Peacock.

Editors' Recommendations

Dan Girolamo
Dan is a passionate and multitalented content creator with experience in pop culture, entertainment, and sports. Throughout…
3 action movies on Netflix you need to watch in September
A man walks down a hallway holding a gun as another man walks behind him in London Has Fallen.

Who's in the mood for some action? From magnetic thrills and invigorating battles to highly choreographed combat scenes and riveting shootouts, action movies always get the blood pumping and the energy rocking. Even with the summer blockbuster season over, action movies are timeless and great to watch throughout the year.

For September, we handpicked three action movies to watch on Netflix. Our choices include the magnum opus from a legendary filmmaker, a war epic set in Somalia, and a sequel starring the modern patron saint of action movies.
Heat (1995)

Read more
3 action movies on Hulu you need to watch in September
Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies.

Hulu may be controlled by Disney, but it has many of the decidedly non-Disney films from 20th Century Studios that make it an ideal streamer for action fans. If you're looking for R-rated thrills or action flicks that don't hold back, Hulu is one of your superior options. In addition to the movies from the classic Fox catalog, Hulu also borrows a few titles from other studios to shore up its library. And action is by far one of the most well-represented genres on Hulu.

Our selections for the three action movies on Hulu that you need to watch on Hulu are very James Cameron-heavy since he directed two out of the three choices. But considering how great Cameron is with action, these were pretty easy picks to make. However, you may want to move fast on these since two of these films are leaving Hulu on September 30.
True Lies (1994)

Read more
5 sci-fi movies on Netflix you need to watch in September
Two paramedics stand next to each other in Synchronic.

One of the many benefits of Netflix is the endless streaming options for movies in genres, including action, horror, sports, comedy, and romance. One genre that continues to add to its expanding library is sci-fi. From thrillers, like Spiderhead and The Titan, to action-adventures, like 65 and Star Trek, the sci-fi section on Netflix hosts multiple subgenres to satisfy all types of moviegoers.

For September, we curated a list of five sci-fi movies available on Netflix that should be seen this month. Some of our selections include a riveting tale from Denis Villeneuve, a political allegory from Bong Joon-ho, and a moral dilemma set in space.
Arrival (2016)

Read more