The 13 Most Overlooked Movies of 2013
The Before Sunrise trilogy is undoubtedly the best series of films no one knows about, as the third entry in the Julie Delpy/Ethan Hawke romantic drama franchise earned only $8 million in the United States and $20 million worldwide. The serious issues that arise in this explosively engrossing production are a bit of a change of pace from intoxicatingly uplifting nature of the first two movies are, but Before Midnight is a powerful, superbly written and acted film nonetheless.
The To Do List, which stars “Parks and Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza as a teenage prude who decides she needs to knock a series of sexual experiences off her list before heading to college, earned only $4 million, despite being one of the funniest movies of the year. Of course, only watch this movie if you appreciate R-rated, gross-out humor. Also, if you have teenage daughters, it’s best to keep them away from this one.
From the guys who made the fantastic (500) Days of Summer comes a more serious movie about high school life, with Miles Teller delivering a fantastic performance as a popular but alcoholic teenager who falls in love with a “plain” schoolmate (Shailene Woodley). The movie only earned $7 million domestically but is among the better releases in 2013.
This coming-of-age drama-comedy about an awkward teenager who travels to a New England beach town for the summer to live with his mom (Toni Collette) and her asshole boyfriend (Steve Carrell) only to find friendship in a neighbor girl (AnnaSophia Robb) and the manager of a water park (Sam Rockwell) made our top ten movies of 2013 list, but only made $26 million worldwide.
2. About Time
One of the more head scratching business moves of 2013 was the decision by Universal Pictures to give About Time a limited release, despite it being a male-friendly romantic comedy with a clever hook (time travel), directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill) and starring Rachel McAdams. The movie made $80 million worldwide, but only $15 million in the United States – despite my strong belief that this film could have easily earned over $100 million domestically if marketed right.
This Ron Howard-directed drama earned $88 million worldwide, but only $27 million domestically, primarily because no one in the United States cares about Formula One racing or movies that star people with European accents. Nonetheless, Rush is a highly entertaining and exciting film that anyone can, and will, enjoy given the chance.
For a full list of 2013’s best and worst movies, click here.