Update: Turns out EW does a Movie Swap of their own. In their Star Wars Rogue One July issue, they do a Summer Movie Swap, substituting bland summer movies for better alternatives. I have changed my post to reflect this.
Do you love movies? Do you wish someone would recommend some great movies you may not have heard of? Well then, I present to you. . .Movie Swap! Inspired by Entertainment Weekly’s Singles Swap, I’ll give you my Movie Swap recommendations based on its similarity to a popular movie. Just so you know, I’m NOT asking to literally swap a movie from my collection for a movie on this list. These are just recommendations. If you like one movie, I’m hoping you’ll like the other. I’ll be providing links to their IMDB pages if you want to learn more.
If you like. . .Mannequin
Try. . .Making Mr. Right
If you love the 80s, you probably already love Mannequin. Making Mr. Right is just as silly, breezy, and ridiculous, and just as fun. It centers on a doctor who creates an emotionless robot (both played by John Malkovich) and the woman who is hired to teach said robot to feel. Romance and hilarious antics ensue!
If you like. . .Ella Enchanted
Try. . .The 10th Kingdom
I may be cheating a little bit here. The 10th Kingdom is actually a mini-series produced by Hallmark back in 2000, but just like Ella Enchanted, it centers on a ragtag group of characters navigating a fairytale world. The humor is excellent, it’s romantic, and it pokes fun at multiple fairty tales, like Snow White and Cinderella. Highly recommended. Just make sure to split it into a few days because it clocks in around 7 hours. Sorry!
If you like. . .American Pie
Try. . .Whatever It Takes
Two teen romps full of gross-out gags galore. American Pie has become an American staple, but Whatever It Takes has enough laughs and surprises to be a worthy alternative. Aaron Paul, of Breaking Bad fame, is laugh-out-loud funny in this mostly predictable, but enjoyable comedy.
If you like. . .New Year’s Eve
Try. . .200 Cigarettes
If you enjoy the movie New Year’s Eve, then I recommend 200 Cigarettes. Both movies have ensemble casts. Both are set on New Year’s Eve. Both are romantic comedies. As far as the cast goes, Paul Rudd and Courtney Love are particularly memorable. This is the movie to ring in the new year with!
If you like. . .Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Try. . .Monkeybone
This is where things get a little weird. Tonally, these movies are different, but actually somewhat similar. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is definitely kid-friendly, but there is a generous amount of adult humor. Monkeybone is all adult humor. Don’t take the kids to see this one! You may be asking why I’d recommend this in the first place. It’s true that the entire movie may not be set in an animated world, but animation does play a part. While in a coma, Stu Miley, our protagonist, finds himself in a trippy, twisty, fantastical world of his creation and needs to return to the real world before his sister (played by Megan Mullally) pulls the plug. Insanity and imagination collide. Those looking to rent something strange and unique, well, you’ve found it.
Hope you liked my picks. I’ll have some more for you in the future!