Let’s admit it, there are some fantastic films, but there are terrible ones. On top of it, there are also films that were unjustly overlooked and never received the recognition they deserved…until now. Every year, Hollywood is overwhelmed with countless films. In fact, we might overlook some of the amazing movies that are overshadowed by blockbusters and movies that were incredibly dull but recognized during the Academy Awards. But today, everything changes. Finally, from goofy rom-com to uplifting real story flicks, we’re giving these underrated movies the spotlight they deserve. Here are the five underrated films that should have won awards.
Allow me to draw your attention to a grade-A superhero film that manages to slip between the cracks: Daredevil. Ben Affleck portrays the eponymous character of the blind-and-badass masked vigilante, while Jennifer Garner plays Elektra (she gets her own spinoff movie in 2005). The two join forces to free their city from their antagonist, Kingpin, and revenge on Daredevil’s father’s death. If that explanation hasn’t sold you yet, watch the original teaser from 2003.
Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Jennifer’s Body (starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried) may have been a mainstream-movie flop, but it quickly rose to cult status because of its razor-sharp storyline and brilliant casting. Jennifer (Fox), a popular high schooler, is possessed by a demon and is out for the blood of guys in the dark comedy/horror.
Just Wright (2010)
There’s one fact you should understand regarding Queen Latifah: if she’s going to fall in love onscreen, it’ll most likely be with a very, very gorgeous man. Just Wright is no different. Our Queen portrays a down-on-her-luck physical therapist who gets her big break when a star NBA player (Common, who looks like a snack) injures his PCL in the 2010 romantic comedy. The film is both charming and erotic, and it will most likely pique your interest in basketball. At the very least, it will cause you to reconsider your staunch opposition to dating athletes. Go, team!
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004)
I honestly don’t see why it was a commercial failure. It’s a rom-com recipe to a T, with a conventionally gorgeous small town girl being courted by a traditionally attractive rich movie star; cue the girl’s “geeky” best buddy realizing he’s in love with her. Is it stereotyped and superficial? Yes. Is it also enjoyable and underappreciated? Yes, as well.
I Am Not an Easy Man (2018)
Have you ever considered what the world might be like if patriarchy didn’t exist? What if women were the arbiters of power in society, while males faced prejudice and were catcalled on their way to the train station? That is, according to Netflix’s I Am Not an Easy Man. When a confirmed bachelor and sleazeball recovers from a head injury to discover that he is now being oppressed by the ladies in his life, he receives the shock of his life. Misandry is a genuine thing in our new world, and I have to say…rather it’s entertaining.