A comprehensive (okay not really that would be like 100 movies) list of the movies that aren’t necessarily block-busters or five-star reviewed but have a VERY special place in my heart.
General Plot– A group of high school friends reunite for the Bachelorette party of one of their other friends from high school. (but one they high key bullied)
Okay, honestly, most people I *force* to watch this movie aren’t as enamored by it as I clearly am. It’s very raunchy and super cliche. But this movie feels so raw to me. The characters aren’t “nice” or “good” people. In fact, they’re straight up bee-otches. Like they’re mean. But they are REAL. Their problems aren’t superficial. They’re dark and grimy and uncomfortable. They are trying to survive in the world and doing their best to fuck up the least amount of times as possible. This movie also gets better with rewatches. It is so much more nuanced than meets the eye. It was actually adapted from a stage play and I would absolutely LOVE to see the stage version. It makes total sense! All the characters are very stage-y if ya know what I mean. If anyone else loves this movie give me a shout!
Where to Watch: So, unfortunately this movie was taken off of Netflix. I used to rent it on Amazon Prime Video whenever I had the urge to watch it but unfortunately it was removed from there as well. I have looked high and low and am completely unable to find it anywhere besides DVD (or illegal online streaming if you know how to do that) Normally, I wouldn’t even included the movie on my list if you’re not able to access it but it’s so good and means to much to me that I just had to.
The Parent Trap
General Plot- A pair of twins separated at birth meet and hatch a plan to switch lives and reunite their parents.
This movie is pure nostalgia for me. I was obsessed with it as a kid. Whenever it came on Disney Channel during that glorious 8 p.m. time slot I dropped everything to watch it. I remember distinctly thinking the movie was amazing as a kid because it seemed never ending. (the perfect movie for an eight year old who loved to escape into stories) Just when you thought the plot was wrapping up the camping trip gets started giving you a whole new half hour of adventure. Also, the soundtrack of this movie is amazing and is truly the soundtrack to my childhood.
Where to Watch: Disney+
Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
General Plot- The all grown up Scooby gang faces off against all of their old foes.
I feel like a good theme of comedies for me is superrr weirddddd. This is technically a children’s movie and I also watched this one a TON growing up. It is also technically considered a sequel but you totally don’t need to see the first one to enjoy the plot. The two are more like sister movies. Same actors play the gang but the stories reside completely separate from each other. This movie is plain ridiculous and I love it so much. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s super funny and has plenty of adult humor too. Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar star as Fred and Daphne which I still think is the cutest thing ever. Also, my total crush on Linda Cardellini started with this movie. I remember when she showed up in the Avengers movies as *spoiler alert* Hawkeyes’s wife I nearly took out my friend’s arm in the theater trying to tell her that that was Velma from the Scooby Doo movies. Of course, Linda is totally more well known for her roles in Dead to Me and The Green Book but she will always be Velma in my heart.
Where to Watch: HBO MAX
General Plot: After the death of his mother, big city attorney Hank Palmer returns home to small town Indiana where he must learn to live with his ailing older father.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Robert DuVall Vera Farmiga
This movie contains lots of overused tropes. The ‘coming home to a small town trope, the small town court drama trope, the difficult father son relationship trope. But damn does this movie execute those tropes well. I saw this movie in theatres with my mom in my peak ‘getting into movies phase’ and I remember leaving the movie theater in awe. Robert Downey Jr. is brilliant as Hank and makes old tropes feel fresh and raw.