What Netflix Tells You About DC

“Movies are fun, but they’re not a cure for cancer.” – Warren Beatty

This piece from the New York Times maps out Netflix queues by neighborhood. A number of cities were mapped, including NYC, Boston, Chicago, LA, and Washington. Since I’m from the region, I looked that Washington, DC map.

When you look at the map for Slumdog Millionaire (about a kid from the slums of Mumbai winning Indian Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?), it’s immensely popular in the rich white suburbs of Northern Maryland and Virginia, but less popular in the poorer, black suburbs in South-Eastern Maryland. Then you look at Seven Pounds (about a man who is trying to do good in the lives of seven people, starring Will Smith) and it is exactly the opposite. This movie is much more popular in the black suburbs while less popular in the white suburbs. In fact, it’s least popular in the Bethesda area, which is known for it’s old money.

Movies with predominately black casts are hardly on the lists of the whiter neighborhoods. Look at Lakeview Terrace (starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, and produced by Will Smith), Obsessed (starring Beyonce and Idris Elba), and the two Tyler Perry movies.

Confessions of a Shopaholic and My Best Friend’s Girl are most popular around Andrew’s Air Force Base. I guess we know what the Air Force wives are watching.

Films about politics (Milk, W., Frost/Nixon) are most popular in downtown DC.

What other interesting trends do you see in this data?

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