Hundreds (if not thousands?) of movies get made every year. Not all movies get the luxury of being a blockbuster or even getting wide released in theatres. There are a lot that get limited releases or these days, on-demand; so inevitably, many movies fall through the cracks and might not be as widely known as they should be. A lot of movies also get panned by the critics, some justifiably, others not so much, but I don’t trust the critics half the time anyways so whatever. Now I realized while I was doing a Fandom 5 post, that I owned quite a few of these little known movie gems, and wanted to share some of my personal favourite underrated movies.
THE PERFECT SCORE
Feeling the pressures and stresses of the SATs from all those around them, a group of high school students try to steal the answers. I know, it doesn’t sound like much, but what if I told you it starred Chris Evans, Erika Christensen, Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Greenberg, Leonardo Nam, and Darius Miles? And that One Tree Hill writer/EP/showrunner Mark Schwann was also one of the screenwriters for the movie? It was a teen dramedy with a caper twist! Such a fun watch that I even worked it into one of my class projects (Sociology class and Strain Theory!), which back in my school days was a surefire sign of how much I loved something.
I’ve already written about how much I loved this movie after seeing its premiere at TIFF, but I’m still bummed that it didn’t get a bigger release.
TEN INCH HERO
This was really one of those movies that fell through the cracks. I remember hearing about it, mainly because a lot of One Tree Hill people were attached to it (Elisabeth Harnois, Danneel Harris, Bethany Joy Lenz) but it never got released in theatres and I had the hardest time trying to find it on DVD. One day out of the blue, I found it at Wal-Mart, bought it obviously, and have never seen it in any stores since. The movie is a different take on the co-workers become friends/family plot, though each of the main characters have their own mini-arc within the movie.
Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin star in this romantic drama about a couple struggling to deal with their long-distance relationship – she’s in London, he’s in Los Angeles. Director Drake Doremus and the actors really made you feel for this couple and all their hardships.
I’m pretty sure this wasn’t a big movie when it came out in 2001, but I somehow stumbled upon it. I remember wanting to watch it just because Ryan Phillippe and Rachael Leigh Cook were in it. It’s sort of a cyber thriller, with Phillippe playing a programmer, who tries to take down Tim Robbins’ CEO of a high-tech software company. It’s not the greatest movie in the world by any means, but I thoroughly enjoyed it for many years (it’s been a while since my last re-watch), including this line “And in the real world, you’re fucked!”
THE GOOD GUY
This was one of those movies I sought out after finding out that it starred Scott Porter, Bryan Greenberg and Alexis Bledel. Porter’s Tommy takes Greenberg’s Max under his wing, showing him the ropes of being an investment broker and how to socialize with women. Tommy questions his decisions when Max starts getting close to Tommy’s girlfriend Beth (Bledel). Again, it’s not something you expect much from, but the end result was quite enjoyable.
No, I will not shut up about it! I will make any excuse to bring it up! LOL
Have you seen any of these movies? What are some of your favourite underrated/under-appreciated movies? Share in the comments!