This week we are doing top 10 Owen Wilson movies. Why? Because we love Owen Wilson. He's one of the few actors where I laugh at almost anything he says. Even if he's just saying "wow".
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I know this is a bad movie but it's a guilty pleasure of mine. I'm sure they threw Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn together knowing they'd carry even the shittiest of plots. Which is exactly what happened, because the story is nonsense. The skype interview scene is hilarious, and how I imagine every person over 40 years old has to answer questions for a potential job. Just divert all the questions into something unrelated because they don't know how to copy & paste.
Behind Enemy Lines
Not sure Owen Wilson was even in the top 100 choices for the lead actor in this role, but he actually made it work. It's a fairly underrated war movie, but a bit unrealistic. Like Owen Wilson hiding beneath dead bodies in Serbia or whatever? A little far fetched for our old friend Drillbit Taylor.
A solid quirky comedy, with a great soundtrack. The movie follows Owen WIlson and his 2 brothers traveling through India on a train, proving that I can watch Owen do anything and still be entertained.
Marley & Me
I don't even like dogs, or animals in general, and I cried at the end of this movie.
Midnight in Paris
I'm a big American Literature guy so this movie was right up my alley. Owen gets to travel back in time and hang out with Hemingway and Fitzgerald when they were chilling in Paris. It's also about nostalgia and having nostalgia for times you never even lived in. Longing to be somewhere else. As you guys know, I go all in when it comes to nostalgia. It also made me fall in love with Marion Cotillard, who is a babe but has looked bad in her most recent films.
You, Me & Dupree
For real, I needed this speech as a little kid. I need this speech now. "But some of you, and this is the group that no one ever comes into Career Day and addresses, and it's criminal. Some of you are just gonna float along, eating spicy foods, humming black people's music into your 30s. Well into your 30s, languishing. This group of pods is gonna do a lot of languishing. And you're gonna take some heat for it. Sadly, you will." Dupree speaking right to me.
Starsky & Hutch
I love a good old-school-cool movie, and this is one of the few throwbacks that is done well. It doesn't get enough love and I'm not sure why. I hope Owen Wilson and Snoop Dogg actually hang out in real life, he deserves as much.
Behind Enemy Lines
No idea why Owen Wilson is in this movie. A war action movie without a spec of comedy. He crushes his performance though, which the movie heavily replies on seeing as he is in every seen basically. Also Gene Hackman is the man and the ending song is a Ryan Adams song and I love Ryan Adams. I'll watch this movie every time it's on TV. Did people think it was bad? Is that why he never did a serious role again? Or did he just want to prove he could do a serious role but also prove that doing serious roles suck so he never did one again?
His comedic breakout, assuming you don't count Shanghai Noon...It's a very quotable movie, even 15 years later. Can't believe it was that long ago. Will Ferrell as Mugatu is amazing. Would be a dream role of mine if I was an actor.
The Life Aquatic
A solid quirky comedy, with a great soundtrack. The movie follows Owen WIlson and his long lost father Bill Murray on a sea journey to find the mythical Jaguar Shark, proving that I can watch Owen do anything and still be entertained. It's this high on my list more thanks to Murray and me being a sucker for Wes Anderson though.
Maybe in my top 5 comedies of all time list. Every scene is one where I go, "oh I love this scene". Like I said earlier Wilson is best when he's playing off a fast talking, crazy buddy. Best example of that is a the quail hunting scene.
"Gorilla, or a rhinoceros, or a fucking human being, that'll get you jacked up"
"... that's a little heavy"
Tried really hard to think of a loophole to make Dazed and Confused #1 for the 6th straight week but couldn't make it happen. Pretty close to a perfect movie, one of my all timers. Amazing chemistry with Vince Vaughn. Walken, McAdams, Cooper. The gay son. It has big laughs and some good romances. Don't think I'll ever get tired of re-watching it. It's far and away the best Owen WIlson movie, and it's not even close.
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