The movie has child actor Gemma Brooke Allen and Modern Family star Julie Bowen in the lead roles
Netflix has all sorts of ambitious projects lined up, but they are making sure to dish out content for viewers of all ages. After making numerous horror and coming-of-age stories set in the ’80s, the streamer is moving closer to the millennium with this new story set in 1999.
Netflix’s Mixtape is a coming-of-age story about a young girl who tries to find and retrieve songs that her late parents recorded on a cassette tape.
In the trailer, we see first see an orphaned and awkward 12-year-old named Beverly Moody (Gemma Brooke Allen), who comes across a broken mixtape left behind by her teen parents who died in a car accident when she was just a baby. Beverly was raised by her grandmother Gail (Julie Bowen), who was a teen mom herself who found it too painful to talk about her late daughter.
With the mixtape, Beverly finds the courage to ask and learn more about her parents as she sets out to find all the songs on the tape. She makes some unlikely friendships along the way, such as her quirky neighbour Ellen (Audrey Hsieh), tough neighbor Nicky (Olga Petsa), and an anti-everything record store owner nicknamed Anti (Nick Thune). But most importantly, it forges a new and beautiful bond between her and her grandmother.
The movie is directed by first time feature film director Valerie Weiss, who had spent a long time directing television series like Outer Banks, Suits, Chicago Med, The Resident, and Why Women Kill. The screenplay is by Stacey Menear, and produced by two-time Academy Award nominee Gil Netter (Life of Pi, Just Mercy), and Jim Wedaa (Mission to Mars, Unstoppable).
Mixtape premiered in Netflix on December 3.