Everyone hears about the big blockbuster movies that hit theaters. The summer hits, the holiday family films. Even indie films have been getting more buzz these days. A bunch of movies over the past few years really slipped under the radar, however. We just got Netflix, and I have been able to see so many fantastic movies, most of which I had never even heard of before. I never saw trailers or posters or heard any buzz about them, yet they starred famous people and had great plots. Here are five, so far, that you almost definitely missed in theaters but really must see!
Crazy, Stupid, Love – 2011
This is one of the sweetest and funniest romantic comedy-dramas I have ever seen. Regardless of starring a ton of A-list actors: Steve Carell, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, and the list just goes on and on, this movie didn’t get much publicity until after it was on its way out of the theater. There are so many stories going on in this movie, so many characters that are all somehow intertwined. It’s definitely a bit of a mind blow when it all comes together. I like how this movie incorporates something for everyone. There’s a story involving kids, young adults, and middle-aged adults. All of these characters are dealing with love, and all the good and bad that comes with it. This is not a straight up romantic comedy, as it starts out with a married couple, who has children, getting divorced. The drama, however, is balanced nicely with comedy and some lovey-dovey moments scattered throughout the film. It’s a great date movie.
Demoted – 2011
Both guys and girls can appreciate the humor of this film. There is definitely a pull towards the guys: tons of bathroom and bedroom jokes! But the men in the film also find themselves in predicaments that ladies will appreciate. The two stars of the film (Sean Astin and Michael Vartan) are hot shots who work at a tire sales company and constantly make fun of (and pull pranks on) another employee. Unfortunately for them, that employee then receives a promotion and suddenly becomes their boss, thus dishing back all they have dealt him over the years. One of the changes the boss makes is to demote Astin and Vartan to secretaries. The two must now work with all the “office ladies” and answer phones and go on coffee runs. There are other things that are also going on, of course, but the funniest parts of the movie happen at the tire company and the battles between all the employees.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – 2012
This is dramedy. I’d like to stress the drama part of it. It stars Steve Carell and Kiera Knightly, and there are definitely some laughs, but it is more serious than funny. The laughs are not slap stick and silly, but more dark humor and witty replies. As the title states, the world is about to end, and Carell and Knightly team up for a crazy journey together in the last few days. The movie makes you think about life, and how you live it. Why don’t we realize the value of things until we’re about to lose them? There is one awesome scene in which this one lady is dressed in a floor length fur coat, a diamond encrusted gown with matching tiara, silk elbow gloves, and about five pounds of jewelry. She explains it’s everything she was saving to wear. I did the same thing…. until I saw this movie. Now I appreciate all my nice things whenever I want to. I no longer save things just for a “special occasion” or let them collect dust while I wait for that perfect moment. Every moment can be the perfect moment if I just let it. This movie kind of changed my life – for the better!
Safety Not Guaranteed – 2012
Time travel. That’s all that needs to be said about this indie comedy. The movie is great because it makes you honestly think about time travel. It’s not ridiculous, nor does it take itself too seriously. The movie is about a man who is looking for a partner with whom he can travel back in time. A young reporter approaches him, at first on an undercover writing assignment, and says she would like to be his partner (for her future story). As time progresses and he “trains” her for their mission, the two bond and become closer. You can see where this is going: she regrets using him for her story, he finds out and is upset. That part of the story is very cliché, but the rest is quite unique. The plot also makes you wonder about how time travel would work, if you would be aware of changes made if you came back to the same time, and what happens when you leave. Not to mention, this film includes Pete from The League, April from Parks and Recreation, and Nick from
Moonrise Kingdom – 2012
In typical Wes Anderson fashion, this movie is chocked full of big name actors. The main plot surrounds the love story of two 12-year-olds, Sam and Suzy. They met the previous summer, became pen-pals, and plan to run away together. The movie follows their adventure, and the way their families react (and the adventure of trying to track them down). It’s equal parts budding love story, and hilarious dark comedy. Many things happen during their adventure, but Sam is the equivalent of a Boy Scout and has all sorts of tools and tricks to help them on their journey. Suzy has packed all her favorite possessions, including her kitten and ton of canned cat food. What makes the movie so great is the fact that even though the main characters are twelve years old, they are extremely mature and act like little adults.
What’s your list of Netflix must sees? Please tell us in the comments!