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Best new Netflix TV series and movies for April 2023

April 20, 2023
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Looking for the best new Netflix movies and TV series to watch in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East? You’re at the right place as we update this list weekly, so you’ll always find the latest shows and movies.

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Best new Netflix movies and TV series

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 19/04/2023 | Genre: Action | Language: English | Rating: 7+
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It’s Morphin Time! The 30th Anniversary Special of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers takes place three decades after the formation of the original team by Zordon. The original Rangers, who had long disbanded and moved on with their lives, are suddenly faced with a familiar and formidable enemy from the past that poses a significant threat, demanding the team’s reassembly to save the world.

Despite having gone their separate ways, the Rangers’ bond remains strong. Their mantra, “Once a Ranger, Always a Ranger”, has been at the core of their brotherhood and is a testament to their loyalty and commitment to one another. Going by this mantra, they come together again to face the danger threatening to destroy their planet.

As they reunite, the Rangers must also confront their own past and overcome personal challenges that have arisen over the years. With the help of their unique abilities and the power of friendship, they embark on a perilous journey to defeat the common enemy and save the world.


A Tourist’s Guide to Love

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 21/04/2023 | Genre: Romantic Comedy | Language: English | Rating: 18+
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Rachael Leigh Cook stars in this romantic comedy about a travel executive whose life takes an exciting turn following a breakup. She accepts an intriguing assignment to go undercover in Vietnam, with her mission to learn about the tourist industry in the country. This gives her the perfect opportunity to escape her heartbreak and embark on a new adventure.

She soon meets a charismatic Vietnamese expat tour guide. Despite initial friction, the two soon bond over their love of travel and exploring life off the beaten path. She discovers the country’s rich culture and stunning landscapes with his guidance, taking in breathtaking sights that most tourists miss.

As they explore the country together, their relationship deepens and evolves into a romantic connection. They share their deepest thoughts, hopes, and fears, revealing their vulnerabilities to each other. Their time together forces them to confront their past relationships, heal, and learn to trust and love again.


The Diplomat

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 20/04/2023 | Genre: Thriller | Language: English | Rating: 18+
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In this thriller, Keri Russell stars as Kate Wyler, a seasoned diplomat and the newly appointed US Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Kate is no stranger to crisis zones, having previously worked in Afghanistan. However, her expertise will now be tested as she faces the complex political landscape of London, forging strategic alliances while navigating the intricate nuances of British politics. Meanwhile, tensions escalate between nations, and Kate finds herself at the centre of several international crises that threaten to erupt at any moment.

Kate must also navigate her personal life as she attempts to handle her professional duties. Her marriage to fellow career diplomat and political star Hal Wyler is under strain as they juggle their high-pressure jobs’ demands. The diplomatic couple must work to keep their relationship intact while facing the constant scrutiny of the public eye and their colleagues.

As tensions mount and the stakes increase, Kate and her team must navigate the intricate power dynamics of international relations to achieve their goals. 


Indian Matchmaking

Platform: Netflix | Release Date: 21/04/2023 | Genre: Reality | Language: English/Hindi | Rating: 18+ 
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The reality television series follows matchmaker Sima Taparia, better known as Sima Aunty, as she guides clients around the world in the arranged marriage process. The docuseries will again follow a group of South Asian singles in India and across the diaspora searching for their spouses.

This season, Sima meets up with fellow matchmakers, some of whom are utilizing dating apps to make finding love just one swipe away. There will be eight episodes, and Smriti Mundhra has created the show. Along with the couple Viral and Aashay, Rushali from season 1 and Priya from season 2, some other new faces will also join the show.


Tooth Pari: When Love Bites

Platform: Netflix | Release Date: 20/04/2023 | Genre: Horror | Language: Hindi | Rating: 18+ 
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A rebellious vampire with a broken tooth falls in love with a shy dentist in Kolkata. Can the human and the spectral being ever get together in life? This is the plot of this new series Tooth Pari: When Love Bites. Directed by Pratim Dasgupta, the show stars Shantanu Maheshwari, Tanya Maniktala, Sikandar Kher, Revathy, Tillotama Shome, Saswata Chatterjee, and Adil Hussain, among others.


The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 14/04/2023 | Genre: Action | Language: English | Rating: 18+
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After a century of war between the inhabitants and Danish invaders, peace has finally settled over the land, except for Lord Uhtred of Bebbanburg, who currently rules Northumbria but has yet to pledge his land to the throne. 

When King Edward dies, peace is threatened as his potential heirs, Aethelstan and Aelfweard, start battling for the crown. Uhtred, who once mentored and protected Aethelstan, rides to help him secure the throne. But Aethelstan is not the same boy Uhtred once knew, having fallen under a dark influence. As Aethelstan’s actions threaten the life Uhtred has known, he must decide where his loyalties lie, with the king or with his homeland. 

Meanwhile, the Danish Warrior-King Anlaf arrives, hoping to use the discord to his advantage. Aethelstan’s actions make enemies across the British Isles, and Anlaf brings the king’s enemies together in an alliance that threatens the dream of a united England. When the coalition seeks Uhtred’s help, he must face a choice between those he cares about and his vision to create a united kingdom.


American Manhunt: The Boston Marathon Bombing

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 12/04/2023 | Genre: Documentary | Language: English | Rating: 16+
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Boston’s Patriots’ Day celebrates spring, baseball, and the Boston Marathon’s route from the suburbs to the city centre. However, in 2013, two terrorists attacked the marathon’s finish line, turning the year’s biggest party into a horrific tragedy. As law enforcement launched a massive investigation into the attackers’ identities, their pursuit spilt over into the once-quiet streets of neighbourhoods, paralysing the city and highlighting the significant change in the post-9/11 world that we all now live in. 

In remembrance of the tenth anniversary of the bombing, director Floyd Russ and executive producer Tiller Russell created American Manhunt, a three-part series documenting the tense and terrifying days following the bombings. Using closed-circuit video, police radio, cell phone footage, and interviews with police officers, FBI agents, and citizens, American Manhunt offers a minute-by-minute account of the search that led to the killers’ capture. The series provides various historical details, insights, and other details from those who knew the bombers personally, highlighting how Bostonians came together in their darkest hour to reclaim their city.

American Manhunt was featured in Top 5 new movies and TV series to watch this week in UAE


Florida Man

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 13/04/2023 | Genre: Thriller | Language: English | Rating: 18+
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Florida Man is a television series that explores the complexities of doing the right thing in a place where so much is wrong. The show follows the journey of a struggling ex-cop, played by Edgar Ramirez, who is forced to return to his home in Florida to find a Philly mobster’s missing girlfriend. What should have been a quick job becomes a complicated and dangerous journey, exposing buried family secrets and leading to unexpected discoveries.

Creator Donald Todd takes viewers on a wild odyssey through the Sunshine State, where the line between good and evil is blurred, and nothing is quite what it seems. As the ex-cop delves deeper into the case, he confronts corruption, betrayal, and violence while grappling with his own moral code.

The character’s journey through the dark underbelly of Florida is accompanied by a talented cast, including Abbey Lee, Anthony LaPaglia, Otmara Marrero, Lex Scott Davis, Emory Cohen, Clark Gregg, Isaiah Johnson, Paul Schneider, and Lauren Buglioli.


Running for my Truth: Alex Schwazer

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 13/04/2023 | Genre: Documentary | Language: English | Rating: 16+
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Running For My Truth is a compelling four-episode docu-series that offers an unprecedented insight into one of the most complex and controversial political-judicial cases in the history of Italian sport. The series revolves around the meeting of Alex Schwazer, an Olympic athlete in search of redemption, and Sandro Donati, a coach who is a symbol of clean sport. The meeting triggers an international intrigue that upends their lives and undermines the anti-doping system.

In the docu-series, Alex Schwazer reveals, for the first time, the background of this intricate story. Viewers are taken on a journey through his experiences, from his rise to fame as an Olympic champion to his fall from grace after a doping scandal that threatened to end his career. Schwazer’s determination to clear his name is admirable and heartbreaking as he faces public scrutiny, media backlash, and legal battles. The series highlights the anti-doping system’s complexities, media sensationalism’s impact on athletes’ lives, and the lengths people will go to protect their reputation and legacy.


Kannai Nambathey

Release Date: 014/04/2023 | Genre: Action | Language: Tamil | Rating: U
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Starring Udhayanidhi Stalin and Aathmika, Kannai Nambathey was a box-office dud. It also features Bhumika, Prasanna, Srikanth, Vasundhara Kashyap, Sathish, Subiksha Krishnan, Pala Karuppiah, G Marimuthu, Sendrayan, and G Gnanasambandam. Mu Maran is the writer and director of Kannai Nambathey.  The story is action and suspense-based.


Chupa

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 07/04/2023 | Genre: Family | Language: English | Rating: 6+
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Chupa tells the journey of a young boy named Alex as he travels from Kansas City to Mexico, searching for his family roots. As Alex visits his grandfather’s ranch, he soon sees a rare, mythological creature called a chupacabra. Giving it the nickname “Chupa,” Alex instantly bonds with the creature and soon joins him on his journey. The two soon find themselves being chased by scientists who want to study Chupa.

The journey also brings the two closer together and discover more about their friendship as Alex learns valuable lessons about loyalty, bravery, and believing in yourself. It captures the perfect bond between man and animal and how friendship can conquer anything.

Directed by Jonás Cuarón, son of Academy Award-winner Alfonso Cuarón and starring Demián Bichir, Christian Slater, Evan Whitten, Ashley Ciarra, and Nicolas Verdugo. The same team behind Harry Potter, Chris Columbus and Mark Radcliffe, also produces it.


War Sailor

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 02/04/2023 | Genre: Drama| Language: English | Rating: 18+
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Originally a theatrical movie, War Sailor will debut on Netflix as a three-part limited mini-series with additional never-before-seen footage. The series will tackle and cover real-life stories about Norwegian merchant sailors and how they lived their lives with their families during and after World War II.

The series follows the lives of Alfred Garnes and Sigbjørn Kvalen as they face the harsh realities of war as unarmed civilians. The two men find themselves thrust into a conflict they never asked to be a part of, and they must do whatever it takes to survive.

Meanwhile, Alfred’s wife Cecilia is left to raise their three children in Bergen. The burden of caring for a family while her husband is away at war is heavy, and Cecilia must face her own set of challenges and hardships. Despite their distance, Alfred and Cecilia remain connected through their love and devotion to each other and their family. The series is written and directed by Gunnar Vikene and stars Kristoffer Joner, Pal Sverre Hagen, and Ine Marie Wilmann.


Beef

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 06/04/2023 | Genre: Comedy | Language: English | Rating: 18+
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This new dark comedy from A24 Studios features the dynamic duo of Steven Yeun and Ali Wong. The movie centres on two very different people, Danny and Amy, who meet during an unfortunate road rage incident.

Danny is a contractor currently struggling with finance, and Amy is a total boss lady who’s made it on her own and has a perfect life; at least, that’s what she makes it look like. After the road rage incident, their “beef” intensifies, and they get consumed by their feud, which severely affects their personal lives. Their fight escalates, things get seriously out of hand, and their lives become entwined.

As the series goes on, their relationship gets even more complicated, with their actions affecting their families and friends. The show tackles some heavy themes, like anger and envy, but with a ton of dark humour thrown in for good measure.


IRL: In Real Love 

Platform: Netflix | Release Date: 06/04/2023 | Genre: Reality Dating | Language: English/Hindi | Rating: 18TC 
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This reality series is a social experiment with four eligible singles. IRL – In Real Love! is a dating reality show hosted by Rannvijay Singha and Gauahar Khan. Directed by Tanya Bami, the series tries to figure out what happens when traditional dating meets digital dating.

The four eligible singles make connections and take each other out on dates. They also have fun with each other in multiple groups, such as dancing, playing Holi together and more. The show gives its contestants a chance to explore love while also offering to the viewer’s plenty of drama.


Transatlantic

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 07/04/2023 | Genre: Drama | Language: English | Rating: 18+
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Prepare to witness this incredible new true story that tells the story of Varian Fry. He was a journalist that arrived in France during World War II and is working with the Emergency Rescue Committee, a group dedicated to helping specifically artists and writers who fled the Nazi occupation and putting them in a safe haven in America.

Fry is joined by an American heiress named Mary Jayne Gold, and they soon find themselves hiding in a French villa and trying to escape the Nazis as they try to save artists from being captured. Some of Europe’s most prominent artists include Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall. The series will look at the valiant efforts made by Fry to save these Jewish refugees, which soon earned him the honour of being the first American Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem in the Holocaust Museum.


Murder Mystery 2

Platform: Netflix | Release date: Now streaming | Genre: Comedy | Language: English | Rating: 18+
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Nick and Audrey, the two full-time detectives, have been struggling to build their private eye agency after the first movie’s events, but despite their best efforts, they barely earn enough to get by. Things then take an unexpected turn when one of their close friends and associates, the Maharaja, is kidnapped during his wedding.

Nick and Aubrey find themselves investigating the case and soon realise that this is no ordinary abduction, as the kidnappers are found to be part of an international underground organisation with links to the criminal world. As each day passes, they grow more concerned about their friend’s situation and face pressure to try to solve the case using their expert detective skills.

Assisted by their network of contacts and high-placed friends, Nick and Audrey must traverse the city’s dark and dangerous underbelly to secure their friend’s safe return and dismantle the criminal organisation’s evil schemes.


Emergency: NYC

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 29/03/2023 | Genre: Docuseries | Language: English | Rating: 16+
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This special eight-episode docuseries looks at the daily lives of emergency medical workers in one of the busiest cities in the world, New York City. In this fast-paced city where there’s always happening 24/7, these workers face day-to-day challenges in the intense and relentless streets of the city that never sleeps. More than just trying to save those in need, they also try to survive this life that can be called their own workplace.

It also brings to light the pulsating healthcare system, where viewers can get a first-person account of these frontline workers’ struggles between their personal and professional lives. These workers include helicopter flight nurses, transplant surgeons, paramedics, pediatric trauma surgeons and neurosurgeons, who all risk their lives daily to help those in need. This docuseries is a spin-off of the critically acclaimed documentary “Lenox Hill,” created and directed by Adi Barash and Ruthie Shatz. 


Unstable

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 30/03/2023 | Genre: Comedy| Language: English | Rating: 18+
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Rob Lowe and his son John Owen Lowe star in this family comedy about a son who starts to work for his father. Jackson Dragon is a socially shy individual who often keeps things to himself and typically distances himself from others. His father, Ellis Dragon, is one of the most successful and admired bosses in his company.

The death of Ellis’ wife greatly affected their son Jackson’s already fragile state, and he soon decided to employ him in his company dealing with high-tech bio-research. While Ellis is admired by his colleagues and peers, the eccentric and narcissistic-adjacent father, many are concerned about how Jackson will adjust to the workplace. But Ellis doesn’t have a choice, as placing Jackson in the company is the only way to prevent Jackson from having a complete mental breakdown after his mother’s death. Executive produced by John Owen Lowe, Victor Fresco, and Rob Lowe. 

Unstable was featured in Top 5 new movies and TV series to watch this week in UAE


Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 31/03/2023 | Genre: Action Adventure/Anime| Language: Japanese | Rating: TBA
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This Japanese animated film is based on the Black Clover manga series created by Yūki Tabata. It tells the story of a boy named Asta, who doesn’t possess any magical capabilities in a world where magic is everything, and his rival Yuno, who is a mage chosen by the 4-leaf Grimoire. Both of them have fought several powerful enemies in a bid to prove that their power is enough to make them the “Wizard King.”

The only problem is that the previous Wizard Kings of the past are preventing them from achieving their ultimate goal. One of these last Wizard Kings is Conrad Leto, Julius Novachrono’s predecessor. He was a respected leader by the Clover Kingdom until he rebelled and, as punishment, was sealed away. When resurrected, he also brings back three more Wizard Kings from the past to take over the kingdom – unless Asta and Yuno can stop them. Directed by Ayataka Tanemura and produced by Pierrot.


Kill Boksoon

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 31/03/2023 | Genre: Action| Language: Korean| Rating: 18+
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Skilled assassin Gil Boksoon is regarded as one of the best. A mother to a teenage daughter named Jae-young, she struggles with parenthood despite being one of the top assassins in the world. When her contract at MK Ent. is up for renewal, she decides to retire and instead focus on her strained relationship with her daughter. Seeing this as a chance to renew her emotional connection to Jae-young, Gil excitedly accepts a final mission to complete before she retires.

However, during her last mission, she discovers a shocking secret about the organisation she works for and ends up breaking all the rules she religiously followed all these years. This sparks the ire of all hitmen, which could also jeopardise their operations and reveal themselves to the public. Boksoon soon discovers that her former colleagues and employers are after her, and the mother soon finds herself utilising her skills to defeat those who want to kill her and her daughter.


Shehzada

Release Date: 01/04/2023 | Genre: Drama | Language: Hindi | Rating: UA
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This is the remake of Allu Arjun’s rollicking 2020 Telugu hit Ala Vainkunthapurramuloo.The film stars Kartik Aryan and Kirti Sanon in the leads. Directed by Rohit Dhawan, the film also stars Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal, Ronit Roy and Sachin Khedekar. The music for the movie has been composed by Pritam. Kartik is also a co-producer of the film. The film did average business at the box office during its theatrical run.


Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat

Release Date: 31/03/2023 | Genre: Musical drama | Language: Hindi | Rating: UA
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Starring Alaya F and newcomer Karan Mehta, the musical romantic drama did not do all that well in its theatrical run. The film depicts two unrequited love stories that face social barriers. Vicky Kaushal appears in a special cameo role. The film is written and directed by Anurag Kashyap.


Amigos

Release Date: 01/04/2023 | Genre: Action | Language: Telugu | Rating: UA
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Written and directed by Rajendra Reddy, Amigos stars Nandamuri Kalyan Ram, Ashika Ranganath, Bhramaji, Saptagiri and others. Kalyan Ram acts in a triple role. The story is about three lookalikes who are incredibly different from each other and yet connected irrevocably by chance. The film did not do all that well in the theatres. Kalyan Ram’s previous film Bimbisara was a smashing hit.


Waco: American Apocalypse

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 22/03/2023 | Genre: Docuseries | Language: English | Rating: 16+
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This Netflix docuseries presents a historical look at what happened in Waco, Texas, in 1993. Presented in three nail-biting episodes, it details the entire standoff between the federal government authorities and cult leader David Koresh.

Taking place over a period of 51 days, the event leading to this conflict is now considered to be one of the biggest gunfights to take place on American soil since the events of the Civil War. It also ended in a fiery blaze, all of which was documented on national television and is also considered one of the biggest news stories of that period.

The release of this documentary coincides with the 30th anniversary of the tragedy and features various interviews and never-before-seen footage. The docuseries will also show stories from both sides, including one of Koresh’s spiritual wives and members of the ATF tactical team that saw one of their colleagues die in the rampage.

Directed by Tiller Russell.


Love is Blind

Platform: Netflix | Release date: 24/03/2023 | Genre: Reality | Language: English | Rating: 18+
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Now on its fourth season, this Netflix reality show focuses on a group of single people looking for the love of their lives. With a unique take on a dating reality show, it lets this group of single men and women find love and get engaged, all while never meeting face-to-face.

In a span of 10 days, all 15 men and 15 women will talk in special pods where they can hear but not see each other. The participants can then decide if they want to marry the person if they’re ready, or they can choose to go on longer dates. The catch is that you will only meet each other in person once a marriage proposal is accepted. After the proposal, the wedding is then planned for the next four weeks. During this time, the couple will meet their families and learn more about each other as they prepare for the big day.


The moves and series listed below aren’t brand-spanking new but are definitely worth a watch. Add them to your playlist.

Chris Rock: Selective Outrage

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Join one of the most prolific comedians as he performs a live stand-up special in Baltimore, Maryland, in Netflix’s first live-streamed global event. 

Outer Banks (English)

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This series focuses on a teenager who recruits her close friends who are on the hunt for a legendary treasure. More than just finding it, he also believes that this treasure is linked to his father’s disappearance.


Cirkus (Hindi)

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Actor Ranveer Singh and director Rohit Shetty. You don’t get bigger names in Bollywood than the duo. The hot-shot combo re-united for commercial family entertainer Cirkus, which is the first time Ranveer is doing an out-and-out comedy role along with playing a double role.

The film’s story is mostly about comedy of errors due to identity mistakes. Cirkus also stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Pooja Hegde, Siddhartha Jadhav, Johnny Lever, Sanjay Mishra, Vrajesh Hirjee, Vijay Patkar, Sulbha Arya, Mukesh Tiwari, Anil Charanjeett, Ashwini Kalsekar, and Murli Sharma. Rohit Shetty and Ranveer had previously worked together in Simmba and Sooryavanshi.


You (English)

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A bookstore manager crosses paths with a female writer who leads him into a course of obsession. Using social media and other tools at his disposal, he ensures that no one stands in his way of getting to her.


Your Place or Mine (English)

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Debbie and Peter are total opposites. She enjoys her life in Los Angeles, while he prefers to be in New York. When the two swap houses, they soon discover something they don’t realize they need.

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