BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
Hi, my name is Ashley and I am a massive Matt Damon fan (Hiiii, Ashley). While I love him to bits and will see pretty much everything he’s in (the good, the bad and the ugly), I had to at least attempt to be unbiased when rounding up his top five.
But from The Bourne series, to the Ocean’s Eleven series, to his stints as Bill the Krill in Happy Feet Two and Donny in Euro Trip (can I just say I still swoon for MD with tats and no hair?), and his penchant for magical screenwriting and directing as co-writer and actor in Good Will Hunting, it’s just too hard to pick five.
So, I thought perhaps I’d round up his most underappreciated movies—now, granted, not all of these were his best—but, nonetheless, it’s time to give credit where credit is due.
5) We Bought a Zoo (2011)
Want to see what it would be like to be married to Matt Damon and see how good of a dad he could be? Watch this movie. MD plays a widower who buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of reopening it to the public while healing his heart and his family along the way. A totally sweet, feel-good movie that really didn’t get the appreciation it deserved.
4) Stuck on You (2003)
Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear playing conjoined twins with two different personalities = movie magic. Matt Damon is the twitchier, sweeter, shyer of the twins who falls for a woman on the internet and finally meets her, but hasn’t told her that he’s a conjoined twin. This movie is pretty funny and needs to make a comeback pronto.
3) The Informant! (2009)
A 90s-attire-clad, duster-toting, whistleblowing Matt Damon? Yes, please. Another one of those hidden gems that you loved if you saw, but paid no mind to if you didn’t. It’s totally out there, and kind of weird, but is pretty funny and should be on your “never seen it” list for sure.
2) The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
This was one of those flicks that looked like it was going to be good, but just sort of faded away quietly. I rented it one night and actually loved it. Matt Damon as a suave congressman who falls for Emily Blunt, but that wasn’t meant to be his pre-destined plan by “The Bureau” and spends the movie fighting for his love.
1) The Departed (2006)
Okay, this movie is awesome. If you like crime, mobs, Boston accents, Leonardo DiCaprio, Marky Mark and Matt Damon, this movie is so for you—and if you don’t, watch it anyway (you’ll thank me later). Although MD really did shine in this movie, I can’t help but think that Leo stole the thunder in this role just a teensy bit. MD plays a Massachusetts detective trying to infiltrate Jack Nicholson’s mob, but with twists and turns along the way.
Ashley Kowalewski is an editorial assistant and freelance writer based in Toronto. She has enough nail polish to last a lifetime, reads too much for her own good, and is hopelessly in love with Matt Damon (and his bad movies, too). Follow her @AshKowalewski.