Jinni ThumbnailHave you ever wanted to watch something different on TV, but didn’t know what? You might be looking for a new TV show to get into, or maybe you’re looking for a movie for you and a date or a group of friends.

Whatever your situation may be, Jinni is the perfect place to find a recommendation on what to watch and it also gives you various ways to watch it (Netflix, Amazon, Blockbuster).

Jinni is not your average movie search tool. With Jinni, “you don’t search by what you’re looking for, you search by what you like; recommendations are based on analyzing your preferences, not statistics.”

So, it’s really just a matter of knowing the type of movie or TV show that you want to watch and Jinni does the rest.

Connect to Netflix

Jinni is a great companion to Netflix and can offer you better results and suggestions due its excellent filtering and the ability to zero in on what exactly you’re looking for. So before getting started, you may want to connect your Netflix account (if you have one). Doing this will also allow you to add movies and shows to your Netflix queue (right from within Jinni).

Rate Movies

At any time you can start rating movies to help build your “Movie Personality” profile. You’ll get to rate movies from any of the “12 types of movie watchers.” This is done by marking movies that you haven’t seen, but want to see as “Likely to See.“ Movies that you have no interest in can be marked with  “Not for Me.” Movies that you have seen can be given a rating on a scale that goes from awful to must see.

Jumpstart Your Recommendations on Jinni


Jinni is best used as a recommendation tool as well as a search tool. What it does is give you a “Movie Personality,” which is generated from your likes and dislikes. Jinni then compares that to the “genes” of all the titles in their catalog along with your preferences.

You can also receive recommendations from people who you follow and your “Neighbors,” which are users who like/dislike some of the same things that you do. Once you see your recommended movies and shows, you have many options like removing items, adding to your Netflix queue, rating and more (see image below).

Recommendations Options in Jinni


If you’re in the mood to watch something, but don’t know what, browsing by topics can really help you narrow down your options. The topics you can browse by include: mood, plot, genres, time/period, place, audience, and praise. Results are show as a collage and you can click on the item you’re interested in to learn more about it.

Here are a few examples of each topic, so that you get a better idea:

  • Mood: gloomy, exciting, witty
  • Plot: fall in love, assassination, against all odds
  • Genres: romance, mystery, crime
  • Time/Period: future, Victorian, old west
  • Place: island, college, New York
  • Audience: family outing, teens, date night
  • Praise: award winner, critically acclaimed, groundbreaking

Browse Topics by Plot


The search feature on Jinni is extremely efficient. In the search bar you can type in whatever you want to watch (like type of plot or mood) and Jinni will give you some suggestions.  If you know the specific title or the name of an actor/actress in the movie, you can enter that as well. You really don’t have to be too specific though; Jinni’s search engine is just that smart.

Zero In

There is a function called “Squeeze your search” which lets you “zero in on what you want with real-time suggestions.” This is great if you get thousands of results and really want to narrow the results down. Based on what you’re looking for, you may only want certain time periods or genres from your results. Jinni can do this for you quickly and effective.

Search Bar

Some other features include:

  • Sharing your search on Twitter, Facebook, via email or via shortened permalink
  • Viewing your history (what you’ve searched for in the past)
  • Sizing your image results by relevancy, date, length or rating
  • Using “Story Tuners” (sliders that let you specify more of what you’re looking for)
  • Showing only results from Netflix in your search results
  • “Squeeze” your search results to only include specific topics based on mood, plot, genre, time/period, place, audience, or praise

What are you in the mood to watch? Get suggestions and recommendations at Jinni.