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5 Movies to Watch This Weekend from "Friends with Kids'" Jennifer Westfeldt
When you’re trying to beat the summer heat, sometimes there’s nothing better than staying home in the AC, with popcorn and a good movie. We asked Jennifer Westfeldt, the writer, director and actress behind the film Friends with Kids (out on DVD today) for some suggestions. Here are some of her favorites:
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: This is unlike anything I’ve ever seen: It’s based on the true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who became paralyzed after suffering a stroke and learns to communicate through blinking his left eye. He’s trapped inside his body, but the cinematography artfully captures his flights of fancy, dreams, and imaginings.
Rushmore: My partner Jon [Hamm] and I love to watch this movie whenever we come across it—we still quote the lines! It’s a 1998 Wes Anderson film that stars Jason Schwartzman as a lovable, eccentric high schooler who’s put on academic probation. It’s moving, heartfelt, and utterly original, and Anderson does an incredible job of mixing comedy and drama. Plus, it’s got one of the best endings I’ve seen in any movie.
An Education: Carey Mulligan was wonderful in this film as a teenager growing up in suburban London who falls in love with a guy twice her age, played by Peter Sarsgaard. It feels like a fairy tale as we watch him wine and dine her and sweep her off her feet, which makes it all the more devastating when we find out he’s misrepresenting himself. It’s a true coming of age story—and you feel for Mulligan’s character as she learns some of life’s biggest lessons.
Beginners: Even though this one won an Oscar, I know so many people that never actually saw it! It’s the true story of writer/director Mike Mills and his father, who (played by Christopher Plummer in the film) comes out as gay late in life, around the same time he’s diagnosed with terminal cancer. The story is perfectly offbeat, original and quirky—and there’s even a talking dog. It’s one of those movies that you can’t possibly describe accurately; you just have to see it for yourself.
Once: This was a tiny, independent film that had a small following and is now getting its second act as a musical on Broadway. The movie version starred Glen Hansard and Marketa Iglova, and they both helped compose the music score for the Broadway adaptation. The film is a lovely, perfect romance, and the music gives it a magical quality; the song Falling Slowly won an Academy Award in 2007.
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