How does a movie become forgotten in the age of social media? People are constantly reminiscing about what their favorite movies are over the years and in the age of reboot after reboot and having all of that information and video right at our fingertips at any second, it's a wonder that movies do become forgotten.
But the thing is, they really do sometimes because there are just some movies out there that stand the test of time and some movies that strike a chord with audiences and that keep people coming back year after year to watch them time and time again. Think about movies like Mary Poppins (even the new version) or Black Panther or The Incredibles. These are films that reach across entire groups of differently minded people and cultures and tug at heart strings or make people sing out loud along with it or lift their arms diagonally to their chest because it really meant something to them. These are the types of movies that generally aren't forgotten.
Movies excite people and get them talking, so if there's one that happened to be a bit of a dud or was maybe released at the wrong time or perhaps starred a less than stellar actor, it could be classified under the forgotten file.
So, please play 'seen it or not' with these forgotten movies and we'll guess your favorite!
2008's Sunshine Cleaning brought us the great Amy Adams and Emily Blunt together in one movie playing sisters who decide to try and get ahead of their money issues by getting in the bio-hazard and crime scene clean-up business. Adams was coming off of the hype of Disney's Enchanted and Blunt had just garnered a ton of attention for The Devil Wears Prada. And even though the plot of the movie achieved that enviable combination of dark humor with some great familial dramatic stuff, it didn't really catch audiences all that much.
The Skeleton Twins
We've seen Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig together on Saturday Night Live, of course. But they've also popped up in smaller roles together in movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Adventureland. In 2014's The Skeleton Twins they play estranged twins who look to rebuild their relationship after coincidentally both cheating self-immolation attempts on the same day. This movie was so full of heart and perfectly sad moments between the two actors that we're kinda sad people have forgotten about this little gem.
Home Again is one of those movies that continues to puzzle us. If you look at it from a box office and Hollywood perspective, with Reese Witherspoon at it's helm, it had all the makings of a rom-com that should have been a success. But for some reason, it didn't really get a lot of traction. Even though it was advertised as a typical rom-com, complete with a plot that featured a single mom getting together with a cute younger guy, no one really saw this one. Reese Witherspoon, you deserve better!
Prince of Persia
We're just going to say this so we no longer have to just think it — it's just weird that Jake Gyllenhaal starred in a movie like this. We can't be the only ones who think so too because who actually remembers this movie? It came out in 2010 and featured Gyllenhaal playing a fugitive prince who goes on the run with a princess after he's accused of his adopted father's passing. Together they must protect the an ancient treasure from getting in the wrong hands. Sounds like just your type of movie, right?
After winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Les Miserables, who would have thought that the world wouldn't really take notice when Anne Hathaway starred in an indie drama/musical a year later? In Song One she played the character Franny who goes to New York to sit bedside by her estranged brother who is in a coma after an accident. Of course while she's there she spends time with and starts to fall for the musician her brother greatly admired.
Serena was always one of those movies that was such a mystery to us. With Silver Linings Playbook being such a success and jumping off point for Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper's movie magic, one would have thought that 2014's Serena would have been a success as well. It was a period drama though and didn't seem to get the mainstream attention as their other films (like Oscar nominated American Hustle), so maybe it was just one of those ones that wasn't meant to be.
The Lake House
The Lake House is one of those romantic movies that make you feel a little sad after you watch it. And it's not because the two leads spend practically the entire movie living separate lives, but it's because the movie's premise is actually pretty silly for a romantic drama. The Lake House features Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves as two star-crossed lovers who are communicating by letters as they live their lives years apart. Yup, you read that right. This bizarre-ness is never explained either just accepted.
Jupiter Ascending was really hyped up before it came out in 2015. It was made by the people behind Cloud Atlas, which audiences loved a few years prior (IMDB.com). But things didn't really add up to the box office success they were probably hoping for. Even though this movie had a great cast with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis and Eddie Redmayne, it was more of an intergalactic sci-fi plot. A lot of people seemed to forget that this movie was even made just a few years back as most don't even mention it nowadays.
You would think that a political drama starring Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford would be a movie that people would go back to time and time again, but that just didn't seem to be the case with Truth. Out in 2015, it told the story of a news producer and famous news reporter and what happened after they showcased their investigative reporting to uncover the truth about a certain government leader. The cast was great and the story was compelling, but for some reason this film just isn't talked about anymore.
This is quite a random little film right here. Written by and also starring comedian Danny McBride from Eastbound & Down fame, it tells the story of Prince Fabious and his lazy brother Thaddeus. Really, this movie is a comedy very loosely disguised as a period fantasy and adventure movie. With notable actors like Natalie Portman, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel, it's a wonder people couldn't get behind this movie a bit more. Maybe it was the ridiculous plot that they didn't know what to do with.
Oz The Great and Powerful
This one makes us a bit sad to think about how most people have just forgotten about it the past few years. Oz The Great and Powerful came from the same magical world of The Wizard of Oz, of course. Only in this movie we got to see how the great Wizard came to be. Featuring a great cast of women playing the three witches, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz and wonderful special effects, this was a fun movie to watch. It's too bad most of us have forgotten about it!
Adventureland is one of those movies that really hit the nail on the head as far as doing a nostalgic 80's quirky romance. Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, they play two college age young adults spending their summer working at a local amusement park. Things get intense quickly though when they venture down the road to romance and discover that their lives intertwined is fairly complicated. If you need to remember the good old 80's and all it had to offer, perhaps check this forgotten one out.
Before there La La Land came to be and after the fun formulaic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, there was a period mobster movie called Gangster Squad. You really wouldn't know it from the title of the movie as it sounds like it came from someone who really put no thought in it, but it was actually a decent movie. Of course that intense chemistry was there between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, but the plot and story moved a good pace that really allowed you to get into the story.
2012's Flight starring Denzel Washington was definitely a movie that garnered a fair amount of attention when it came out. He was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes even (IMDB). It seemed to get a bit lost on the lengthy list of dramatic roles Denzel Washington has played though. In this one he played an alcoholic pilot who almost by miracle landed a malfunctioning plane that was going down.
Noah is the perfect example of how sometimes the follow-up to someone's one successful thing just can't quite measure up. Noah was director Darren Aronofsky's follow-up to his hit movie Black Swan in which Natalie Portman won an Oscar for her performance in. Let's just say that Noah didn't quite get the same reaction. It did have an impressive cast with Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson, but things just didn't add up in the same way it did for Black Swan.
Hope Springs was one of those movies that you may have gone to see with your mom and her close friends — and maybe they snuck in a little wine, who knows (we'll never tell). But this one was actually pretty cute. It stars arguably the world's greatest actress, Meryl Streep with Tommy Lee Jones playing her husband. When Meryl's character decides that she is no longer cool with their status quo marriage, she convinces her begrudging husband to tag along for intense couples counseling. This is another one people should revisit if they're looking for some similar Book Club movie vibes.
The Way Way Back
It totally pains our heart that the world has kinda forgotten about this little gem of a movie. 2013's The Way Way Back starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell and the newcomer Liam James, it's all about that one crucial summer that changes everything. It kind of reminded us of Little Miss Sunshine, but this one didn't quite catch audiences in the same way. Which is a shame because it's essentially about family and finding yourself and letting go.
This forgotten action movie is for all the people out there who never knew they need Will Smith in their life as a cynical and sarcastic superhero. Out in 2008, Hancock is an action drama that features Will Smith as half-hearted man with superhuman abilities who always manages to do a lot of damage when he's helping someone out of a sticky situation. The way the movie ended also very much left it open to a sequel which never came to fruition. We're guessing maybe that was for the best since no one seems too mad about it.
Black Mass feels like one of those old mobster movies as it's based on the true story of James "Whitey" Bulger in 1970's Boston. Starring Johnny Depp in the leading role, it was one of his coldest and most startling characters to date as he plays an Irish crime boss with a slim moral code. Maybe it's because Johnny Depp hasn't been making much of anything the past few years, so people have stopped talking about him, but we really feel as though this movie is completely off people's radars.
Age of Adaline
Age of Adaline is totally one of those movies that we wish more people would remember because it had such a specific classic vibe to it that it actually pulled off quite well. Blake Lively starred as a woman who was in an accident when she was younger and from then on, she never aged a day. You might think that this idea might thrill someone, but the movie really shows how lonely that lifestyle might be and how she always feels like she has to be on the run.
Up in the Air
Up in the Air was the movie that sort of got the ball rolling again for George Clooney — not that he ever fully left our hearts, as he is George Clooney. It was nominated for a slew of awards across the board (including Best Actor) and we also got to discover Anna Kendrick a little more through that movie. And even though it was super popular and discussed through out 2009, it's one of those movies now that you rarely hear discussed.
Rock The Kasbah
We're not even sure what to say about this one because it's almost as if practically no one saw or heard about this one in the first place. That can't be totally true because there are always those film geeks out there who see everything, but this one was unique. Basically, you have Bill Murray starring as a washed up music manager visiting Afghanistan and he gets dumped by his last client. When he sets on a young girl with a beautiful voice, his luck starts to change.
Wish I Was Here
Directed by actor Zach Braff, Wish I Was Here is one of those movies that makes you think about life for a while after seeing it. Which is exactly why we have to wonder why people have forgotten about this gem. It's the story of a struggling actor living in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. When his father, who has been paying for his children's private school, falls gravely ill, Braff's character attempts to home school his kids. Really, it's a movie about loss, acceptance and finding yourself.
Inferno has to be straight up proof that sometimes the world just isn't that interested in a sequel. Who here remembers when the world was going crazy for Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code? It was a while ago now, but think back like 13 years — practically everyone couldn't get enough. Then cut to 2016 when Inferno comes out, which starred Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones, two really great actors, and no one even batted an eyelash. No wonder this one has ended up on the forgotten movies list.
This one feels like one of those movies that was out a million years ago while in reality, it came out in 2012. For some, six years really isn't that long ago. Some of these types of comedies really stand the test of time — i.e. Step Brothers, and some of them are a bit forgotten by the time the next one comes out. The Watch is a comedy starring comedic heavyweights Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill. They play a group of guys who form a neighborhood watch and soon discover aliens living among them. Yes, you read that correctly.
Chef was one of those movies that you didn't realize you needed to watch until you watched it. It was sweet, charming and featured a lot of really yummy looking food — need we say more? As far as the cast goes, it starred Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara and John Lequizamo, so it was cool group of people that you know and recognize, but who also aren't super famous. The plot rode that wave being sincere and cute without getting too syrupy sweet too. Why did we forget about this movie?
We really don't like classifying this one as forgotten because not only did Don Jon star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but he also wrote and directed the film. Gordon-Levitt seemed to have a very clear vision for this movie as it followed the life of a young New Jersey bartender who sort of ticks off the list of what's important to him. It also happened to be a movie that showed a close look at someone who is living a fairly normal existence, only he finds himself addicted to adult films and that obsession threatens every real romance that comes into his life.
The Guilt Trip
This film is for all those people out there who live for movies like It's Complicated or Book Club because it's cute, fun and features a truly great leading lady who we've all known and loved for years. Out in 2012, The Guilt Trip stars Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand as a mother and son embarking on a cross-country road trip. Even though the son can't quite see it right away, his mom is truly his biggest fan and supporter and they find themselves getting to know each other in a whole new way.
What If was pretty much the modern day equivalent to When Harry Met Sally. It examined the question if women and men can actually just be platonic friends and that's it. Only, What If featured a little caveat as it's always known to the audience that the male lead (Daniel Radcliffe's character) has romantic feelings for Zoe Kazan's character. This movie was funny and cute and featured a host of fun supporting characters that really added to the story. How did we forget about it?
Across the Universe
Across the Universe is a musical drama that features songs of The Beatles that plays out in a love story that takes place in the 1960's. This movie is for those people out there who love the music of The Beatles and aren't afraid of a little melodramatic love story in the era where war and peace and tie-dyed headbands were all the rage. Starring Golden Globe nominated actress Evan Rachel Wood and newcomer at the time, Jim Sturgess, most people either loved or strongly disliked this musical. What about you — have you forgotten about this one?
Maybe this one rests on the forgotten movies list because the world knows and loves Jason Statham for his work in the Crank and Mechanic series, but this movie also starred Jennifer Lopez, so it had that going for it too. In all seriousness, Jason Statham is just so good in these types of movies — i.e. the adrenaline rush, super action packed, edge of your seat type of films. It's really a wonder that people don't remember them all because if you're into that kind of thing, watch his movies!
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World was a movie kind of like that indie band that you really love, only if you listen to them too much they start to sound annoying. It was a great concept as we all know that there are far too many giant weather disaster-type apocalyptic movies that exist. But it also felt like it was trying a little too hard. You have Steve Carell and Keira Knightley as an unlikely romance and it works, but only to a certain degree.
The Amazing Spider-Man
We feel really bad for Andrew Garfield when it comes to the whole Spider-man movie phenomenon because we feel as though once Marvel got a hold of it, people completely forgot about Garfield's portrayal a few years back. And may we be the ones to remind you that this franchise — actually, it just ended up being two movies, but whatever, brought Garfield and Emma Stone together. Their chemistry was practically electric on screen. Please go back and watch these forgotten movies, people!
The Fundamentals of Caring
The Fundamentals of Caring was a Netflix original movie and yet, it certainly didn't seem to garner a shred of the attention that something like To All The Boys I've Loved Before did. It's a great little movie in it's own right though. It features the never-aging Paul Rudd as a writer who retires and becomes a disabled teen's caregiver. They embark on an impromptu road trip together and meet a few people and discover some things about themselves and each other along the way.
By The Sea
It seems to be that there are a lot of actors out there who are looking to getting their legs in directing. Angelina Jolie is one of those thespians. This one stings a bit to look back on too as she directed and starred in it when she was still married to Brad Pitt, but nevertheless, it had to be included. Maybe people forgot about this one because it was actually pretty depressing to watch as it's about a married couple who's marriage falls apart. A little life imitating art, anyone?