Even if you haven't yet seen the cutefest that is Enchanted, you've probably heard a lot about how lovely and endearing Amy Adams is in the lead role. Indeed, lately there seems to be a kind of Amy Adams fever going around! I think she's just darling, so if Enchanted was the first you'd heard of her and you're eager to see more of this charming girl, check out my suggestions for an Amy Adams Movie Night. In addition to these titles, she is also hilarious in Drop Dead Gorgeous and convincingly petulant in The Wedding Date.
Adams is at her sweet, wide-eyed best in this fish-out-of-water tale. Big-time Chicago art dealer, Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz), finally meets her new dreamboat husband's (Alessandro Nivola) family when she goes down to North Carolina to close a deal with a reclusive artist. There she meets her touchy mother-in-law (Celia Weston), quiet father-in-law Eugene (Scott Wilson), grouchy brother-in-law Johnny (Ben McKenzie), and Johnny's pregnant wife Ashley (Adams). Naive and childlike, Ashley idolizes Madeleine and her glamorous big-city ways. As with most stories like this, the newcomer acts as a catalyst for examining deep-rooted family issues.
Two more titles featuring America's redheaded sweetheart if you
Psycho Beach Party
In this spoof of 1960s surfer and slasher films (think Gidget, but murderous and insane), Adams plays the perky, blonde beach-babe Marvel Ann, whose boyfriend becomes attracted to the crazy main character, Florence "Chicklet" Forrest (Lauren Ambrose). The film is hugely campy and completely absurd, so don't try to make any sense of it — just enjoy the hilarious dialogue and super-fake surf scenes.
Catch Me if You Can
Of course, most of this movie belongs to Leonardo DiCaprio as the scheming trickster Frank Abagnale Jr. who cons his way into a variety of professions, including teacher, airline pilot, doctor and lawyer as a way of eluding the FBI. Adams plays nurse Brenda Strong, the only one of Abagnale's many girls who he truly loves.