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    11 Underrated Movies I Happily Call My Favorites

    And they're completely quotable, too!


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    As a movie-lover, I tend to find random, yet good movies (most of the time) to squeal to my friends and family about. These movies are just as quotable, lovable, and thrilling as most of the top movies everyone squeals about.

    Warning, this list features: trigger warnings, lots of death, thrilling tales, crazy ass children who laugh at murder, romcoms that make you roll around with second-hand love, drama, and nice-looking people.

    The Virgin Suicides (1999) - starring beautiful Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods, A.J. Cook, Hanna Hall, Leslie Hayman, Chelse Swain, and more.

    Sofia Coppola brings this fantastically done story to life on-screen with her elegant directing skills. We see a group of male friends become obsessed (a little weird, I'd say) with five oddly mysterious girls who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents. Based in the '70s, with trigger warnings of suicide (duh, in the title), hatefulness, and a heart-wreching storyline that pulls you in and throws you into a whirlwind. Plus, you can feel the love and hate for the parents and girls all at the same time while wondering why Josh Hartnett's character was such an ass... Because no matter what, he was one.



    Death at a Funeral, 2010 edition (yes, Peter Dinklage stars in another movie of the same title/plot from '07). It stars Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Martin Lawrence, Kevin Hart (yaaas), Zoe Saldana, Regina Hall, Peter Dinklage (once again), Luke Wilson, and James Marsden at his finest.

    This is about a family, mourning their father at his funeral, as it brings together a dysfunctional and wild family (and friends) who witness craziness, a short guy no one knows and seems so creepy, brotherly war, and LSD that was mistaken as Valium. You can “Die laughing”, as the subtitle says. And to which you will. I mean – come on – it has crazily funny people and a lot of death.

    This movie also features cute-as-a-button James Marsden getting so high off of his ass that all you can do is laugh, cry, and wonder how the hell it'd feel to have your S.O. on your parents' roof, naked, and yelling. LSD at a Funeral.



    Bringing you a horror/thriller, The Crazies (2010) - Radha Mitchell, Timothy Olyphant, Danielle Panabaker (former Disney princess).

    About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply. Blood, screaming, dark halls and hospitals filled with crazy people that want to murder you...

    Not only was this a bit scary for me at first, it's a movie that also left me wondering, “What if this happened to me?” It's a thriller, a good movie to watch and eat popcorn with, and stare at the screen, hoping some people don't die while others randoms... they should. Plus, our main stars at the typical sheriff (often seen in scary movies as the protagonist), his wife and two other random townspeople. They fight, they struggle, and there are tears from the fear they face. If it were me... I'd probably off myself or cry, too, hoping I can get my sorry ass outta there.

    Plus, the dialogue is downright real.

    Side note; if you go to, log on with ddutten and the password as "judy", you can listen to recorded phone calls in relation to this movie!



    A RomCom featuring the cute Amanda Seyfried. Letters to Juliet (2010) also starring a good list of actors like Gael Garcia Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave, and many more (of Italian descent).

    This adorably sweet movie features Sophie, a sweet, charming, and adventurous girl who dreams of becoming a writer and travels to the city of love known as Verona, Italy, where she meets the “Secretaries of Juliet”.

    Though this movie is popular, I feel it doesn't get the love it deserves; Amanda plays her character with passion, as usual, and she makes you fall for Sophie and her endless endeavor to find “Juliet” and fix what was once a great love story, only decades late.



    Hotel Rwanda - starring the great Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, and Joaquin Phoenix. It holds some of the best.

    A true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who oused over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

    With an amazing cast, Don Cheadle once again stunning anyone who watches his role, and with many moments that leave you surprised, this movie was down right well done. It is based in the 1990s and in a time where everything is going to Hell in Rwanda, yet the selfless Paul tries to save everyone he can, even if it means losing himself. This movie has such heart-wrenching lines that are both true and saddening because you want to hug people and want to slap people. “When the world closed its eyes, he opened his arms.”

    This story has such great dialogue, plot, characters, and with the fact it is definitely based on a true story... want some heart problems?



    Triangle (2009) – stars Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor, Michael Dorman, Henry Nixon, Rachael Carpani, Emma Lung, Liam Hemsworth, Bryan Probets.

    Jess, our leading lady, sets sail on a boat with her boyfriend and a group of friends for a day or sun and fun. But when a storm comes along and they get stranded, all hope is lost... until a ship appears before them, out of nowhere. They climb aboard, only to find is oddly deserted. But that's not all. Things get weirder and weirder for Jess, as she notices someone is hunting her friends and herself down... killing them one by one. “And Jess unknowningly holds the key to end the terror.”

    This movie is fantastic! It's a mind-boggler and leaves you on your seat, wanting to know just what the hell is going on. Not to mention Melissa George is a great actress and succeeds with this role. I couldn't face such a crazy theme- ever.



    No Reservations (2007) – starring the magnificent Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, and Abigail Breslin. This was originally my top, ultimately favorite movie up until TkoS knocked it down half a point.

    This movie is about a woman who is independent, obsessive over her job, and a well-known chef. She's the top dog and life is good for her (aside from her attending regular therapy sessions). Then, one fateful day, as her sister and niece are headed to see her, there's a wreck. This leaves Zoe, her niece, motherless and in the care of her high-strung aunt, Kate (CZJ). And they also bring in a new, Italian-styled chef to help around the place and Kate hates it. Who is he? Nick (Aaron Eckhart). This story features trial and error, real-life situations, lots of love, laughs, and loss, and a heart-warming tale that I've watched over 30 times.

    It also hosts yaaass style actors/actresses Patricia Clarkson, Jenny Wade, Bob Balaban, Lily Rabe, Zoe Kravits, and others.

    If you're not for light-hearted RomComs though, I'd avoid it. If you also don't like typical deaths and family movies, move on.


    The Island – stars some of my favorite actors; Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor, Djimon Hounsou, Sean Bean, Steve Buscemi, and more.

    It's 2019 and Lincoln Six-Echo is seen as any other person, in an odd home, with similar people and they're all looking forward to one thing: getting out of their boring home and going to “The Island”, which is a reward given “at random”, it seems. Lincoln happens to befriend a girl, Jordan Two Delta, to which they become best friends; then she is chosen to go to The Island. But Lincoln knows something is wrong. And they somehow escape, with the help of Steve Buscemi's character, and Lincoln's close friend who works for the place. This leads to adventure, on the run from the place they escaped, and finding out all the lies they've been told – they meet Reality and it's just as stunning as their idea of The Island.

    I absolutely adored this movie for more than one reason; it had amazing actors in it, it had a plot and theme that left me curious and thinking up ideas, it showed us the power we can have as humans, and it shows some great friendship. Ewan McGregor is far beyond talented, as is his opposite-starring leading lady, and I was highly pleased with what this movie brought.

    “They don't want you to know who you are.” It'll leave you imaging what it'd be like to be in their place. It also throws you deeper in love with Ewan McGregor... or is that just me?


    Open Grave (2013) - stars the ever-talented Sharlto Copley, Thomas Kretschmann, Josie Ho, and more.

    This movie is a horror, mystery, and a thriller wrapped in one. Although I was utterly confused at first, I generally loved this movie after I understood it. It is about a man who wakes up, too confused to understand, in a pit of dead bodies; he has no memories and must figure out if he's the murderer of if it's one of the strangers who rescues him.

    This movie is surprising, brilliant, and should be seen at least once for good measure. Originally made in May 2012 in Hungary, it was also on the 2006 Blacklist for “most like” unmade scripts.

    I don't know how this movie got so little attention and love, but it's amazing and the ending is a bit irritating, only because it's like a loop. Spoiler alert!


    The Children (2008) – starring the fabulously amazing Hannah Tointon, Eva Birthistle, Stephen Campbell Moore, Jeremy Sheffield, Rachel Shelley, and four kids with extreme talent: Rafiella Brooks, Jake Hathaway, William Howes, Eva Sayer, and more.

    A horror/mystery/thriller based in England, is about a relaxing Christmas vacay that turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents. It features two sets of parents; one has a mum and stepdad, the mum has the older daughter (Hannah Tointon) and two kids with the new guy, and the other has two or three. As the night progresses, our teen – Casey – is bitchy and rude, and the kids start getting sick, with a flu-like thing. First it's the little boy and Casey's little sis is scared of him. Then she gets sick, too. And so on and so on. All five kids wind up sick and weird events start occurring. And half way through, what happens? Casey is blamed. People die and Casey is blamed.

    This movie was strange at first, but at the end I was exceptionally pleased and loved the open-ended ending (and the fact the parents were like true parents and didn't want their kids dead!)


    The Kings of Summer (2013) - starring Nick Robinson (he'll be in Jurassic World), Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias (most noted for his role on Hannah Montana).

    “Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.”

    When I found this movie, by accident, I didn't know how much I'd love not only the cast, but the script! We have Joe, Patrick, and Biaggio – Joe and Patrick are best friends and have been forever, whereas Biaggio just... appears – who set off building their own place in the woods and say the weirdest of things (more so Biaggio does). It's filled with humor, best friend problems, dealing with parents, typical teenage lifestyles, and lots of laughs. It also has Nick Offerman as Joe's dad.

    For some amazing quotes, click here.

    “So, you think you saw Heaven?” Joe Toy asked his friend while he laid in the hospital bed. Biaggio nodded, whole-heartedly replying, “Yes. It had a lot of demons in it.” If this movie doesn't blow you away, what will? It's perfection wrapped up in teen drama and cute boys and Moises Arias's brilliant done role. All hail this movie!

    Also, if you're not convinced: click here.

    Okay, so these are my 11 underrated faves, what are yours?

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