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Tiger1242
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Perennially underrated movies
What this thread is not about: artsy indie films nobody has ever heard of that you think are good and we should watch

What this thread is about: Mainstream movies that don’t get a lot of love for whatever reason and you think they are really good.

My nomination: Date Night with Steve Carrell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, epic cameo by Mila Kunis and James Franco, this movie is fricking hilarious and action packed
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theunknownknight
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The Boy Who Could Fly

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Waterworld
Grosse Pointe Blank


Jay Are
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Wow. Pretty good announcement of douchebaggery right up at the front, there. Unnecessary attack on perceived pretention is the same thing as pretention. Just as douchey.

If we're talking about "underrated" more as casually forgotten, like Date Night, I'd say something like Maverick fits the bill. Obviously a massive hit in the 90s. The people watching it occasionally are probably still enjoying the harmless-but-continuous laughs, Gibson's performance, all the twists, and its easy-watch vibe. It's definitely one of those quality 90s blockbusters that's faded from general appreciation.


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X-Men 3

No, just kidding frick that movie still.


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Tiger1242
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Wow. Pretty good announcement of douchebaggery right up at the front, there. Unnecessary attack on perceived pretention is the same thing as pretention. Just as douchey.


Damn sensitive much? The reason I put that in the OP is because usually threads like this on the movie/tv board turn into people just trying to out indie film knowledge one another and that’s not the point of the thread

I mean hell even with that disclaimer the first reply was a movie about an autistic kid that I bet most people with only mainstream movie knowledge have never heard of


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Grosse Pointe Blank


That's a good one.


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Tactical1
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Dark City

Was shelved for a year and a half because the studios didn’t know what to do with it. One of the producers working on the film basically leaked the story and key elements from this shelved movie to Warner Brothers and sold some of the sets as well. Next thing you know The Matrix is released.

Don’t get me wrong I love The Matrix, but it is a complete ripoff of Dark City. They are both movies where the main character is set up for a crime they did not commit, discover that the world they are living in is not what it appears to be, the protagonist are being chased by a group of antagonist who’s goal is to keep order in the fake world (Agents in the matrix, Strangers in dark city.) The antagonist in both movies have the same motivation - they are responsible for policing the world they live in, but wish to break free of their roles. Hell both Agent Smith and Mr. Hand refer to the protagonist in the same cadence in both movies by drawing out their last name (Agent Smith: Mister Andersonnn. Mr Hand: Mister Murdochhhh) Both Neo and Murdoch end up liberating the civilians of their respective worlds.

This is just scratching the surface. The Wachowskis have stated they have had the idea for the matrix since the mid 90s, however a quick google search will show you the revised script for Dark City, dated 1994. Coincidence the Wachowskis came up with the idea around the same time as Dark City’s script was floating around Hollywood?

TLDR / Dark City is criminally underrated, and was an unfortunate victim of Hollywood frickery/ theft.


ETA: Also this would explain why The Matrix sequels were so bad and why every single movie The Wachowski's have done has sucked. They are a one hit wonder, and their one hit is a ripoff.
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I mean hell even with that disclaimer the first reply was a movie about an autistic kid that I bet most people with only mainstream movie knowledge have never heard of


The Boy Who Could Fly was a very popular rental/movie when I was growing up.

Would you classify that movie and What's Eating Gilbert Grape as obscure weird Indie films?


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Baby’s day out

Lara Flynn Boyle TYFYS


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Grosse Pointe Blank

one of my favorite movies of all time

when my 10-year reunion happened i watched it and was like "many they look older than us"

amazing soundtrack. just a great movie

my GOAT underrated movie, though, is :



Ritter at his most Ritter

Belushi as his most (Jim) Belushi


Tiger1242
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The Boy Who Could Fly was a very popular rental/movie when I was growing up.


Maybe I’m just too young then and it’s the perfect movie for this thread


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Jcorye1
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Demolition Man.


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mizzoubuckeyeiowa
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And a movie that rarely gets talked about is The Thirteenth Floor, if Nolan had made it everyone would be going gaga over it like Inception.


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tigerfan84
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Looper
Frequency
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Dead Zone


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The village


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Alita: Battle Angel
Gross Pointe Blank
The Sure Thing


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Saint Alfonzo
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one of my favorite movies of all time when my 10-year reunion happened i watched it and was like "many they look older than us" amazing soundtrack. just a great movie


Same here. It's one of those movies where if it's on, I have to watch it.


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