In honor of the Academy Award-winning film Manchester by the Sea debuting on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, the town that served as a backdrop for the dismal Casey Affleck drama is getting a year of Amazon Prime for free.
The online retail giant announced in a press release Monday that every single home in Manchester-by-the-Sea will receive a gift box in the coming days with an activation code for Amazon Prime and a three-pack of Wickedly Prime microwave popcorn. Via Boston.com
If you asked me to find Manchester-by-the-Sea on a map I would just cross my fingers and point to somewhere along the coast that isn’t Cape Cod. That being said, it has been a pretty huge year from the small Massachusetts fishing town. First, thanks to the Academy Award winning film that shares its namesake, people now know that Manchester-by-the-Sea is, in fact, a town in Massachusetts. I just assumed it was a beach in Manchester, New Hampshire, which upon further investigation, I have discovered is in the middle of NH and nowhere near the ocean. Geography is obviously not my strong suit.
If Manchester-by-the-Sea the town is anything like the movie then I really hope a one-year subscription to Amazon Prime is enough to cheer up its gloomy 5,136 residents as I am supremely confident that I could count the total number of smiles in the movie’s 137 minute run time on one hand. I’m not even sure I would even need to use all five fingers.
The move by Amazon to give out a one-year subscription of Prime to the people of Manchester-by-the-Sea has also put a lot of pressure on fellow Massachusetts actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Boston is a very “what have you done for me lately?” kind of city and while Good Will Hunting is an excellent movie, it sure as hell didn’t get anyone a free Amazon Prime subscription.
I would suggest that Ben and Matt team up, sign a deal with Netflix, and make a critically acclaimed film based in…I don’t know…the sleepy town of Mansfield, Massachusetts (which is just a random suburban town I picked out of a hat and definitely don’t have any affiliation with). Then, when the film wins the Oscar for Best Picture, Netflix will be forced to give a free one-year subscription to everyone who lives in Mansfield, MA (again I am totally unbiased and do not live there). This seems like a win, win for everyone involved. Maybe the plot involves a local sports blogger who makes it big, you know a classic underdog story. Now let’s get started on a script.