Movie theaters played a huge role in my teen and college years. But after marriage and parenthood, weekend movie experiences grew further apart. If you’re like me, most of your movie viewing now happens long after opening weekends pass. Here are a few worthy movie titles you might have missed the first time around.
Did the thought of Adam Sandler playing the lead role in a serious movie scare you away from giving Spanglish a try? I understand. But if you give this movie a chance, you’ll find Sandler endearing and the rest of the cast outstanding in their performances. Sandler plays chef, John Clasky, a man stuck in a one-sided marriage. His life upends when the new housekeeper, Flor (played by Paz Vega) steps into the picture. The way John and Flor’s relationship develops is unique. The connection they feel and what they decide to do about it, plays out differently than your average movie.
2. Don Juan DeMarco
Maybe the movie poster with a bare-chested Johnny Depp threw you off the first time this flick came around. But you must give this movie a chance. The relationship between Dr. Jack Mickler (played by Marlon Brando) and a mental health patient (played by Johnny Depp) unfolds in a surprising way as the two navigate the thin lines between love and delusion. I found the film most charming, and I think you will, too.
3. Warm Bodies
If you’re not 13, you may have passed on this zombie book turned movie. However, this is a movie for anyone of any age, and you’ll find yourself engaged by the amount of humor, heart, and charm this zombie-pic turned love-story has. Sound hokey? I know. But somehow the movie works. You may remember Nicholas Hoult from About a Boy, but now he’s all grown-up and even more lovable than you can imagine.
This interesting tale about a boy who pores over cookbooks late and night and dreams of tasting different foods because his mother knows how to cook little more than toast will both break your heart and amuse you. The story of Nigel twists and turns, but the constant throughout is food — lots of food. You will root for Nigel as he struggles to find his way in this world through the enchanting world of cooking.
5. Away We Go
I love this movie. Period. I rarely watch movies again, but I’ve seen this one at least a half-dozen times. First of all, Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski play lead characters, Verona and Burt. That’s enough to pull you in. Then the story lets you follow Verona and Burt across the country as they try to find a place to call home before the birth of their baby. The bad advice they find along the way ultimately leads them down the right path to their own personal discoveries, and I’ll let you watch to find out how their journey unfolds. You will enjoy the delightful and humorous Away We Go.