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Movie Night: Good Cameron Diaz Movies

Watching Shrek the Third this week I was reminded that I have, on occasion, been truly entertained by — and sometimes impressed with — Cameron Diaz. More often she annoys me, but for this week's Movie Night I'm highlighting three movies in which I think Diaz does a great job.

Being John Malkovich
Hands down, this is my favorite role I've seen Diaz play, perhaps because she doesn't rely on her wide goofy smile or generic beauty for it. In fact, she looks so totally not like Cameron Diaz, I always forget it's her. What's more, I get the impression from watching her that she forgets herself, which is extraordinarily refreshing. In this bizarrely entertaining film, Diaz plays Lotte, the dowdy, oddball wife to Craig (John Cusack), a puppeteer who discovers a portal to John Malkovich's brain.

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Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her
Admittedly, Diaz's role in this film is fairly small, but I believe Diaz adds something sweet to the movie, which I love. The movie is like a compilation of short stories, told in a series of vignettes. In the one that features Diaz titled "Love Waits for Kathy," she plays a blind woman named Carol, who lives with her sister Kathy (Amy Brenneman). Carol ventures into the world of dating, forcing Kathy to confront her own sense of loneliness, particularly after a childhood friend commits suicide. The movie features several other amazing actresses, such as Holly Hunter and Glenn Close.

In Her Shoes
Diaz's character in this movie is often catty, thoughtless, immature and oh-so-easy to hate, which Diaz carries off perfectly. Based on the novel by Jennifer Weiner, the story follows two sisters: Maggie (Diaz) the childish party girl who can't hold down a job, and Rose (Toni Collette), the stable one with a quiet life. When Maggie manages to ruin Rose's relationship with her boyfriend, Rose declares it the last straw and throws her sister out. So Maggie tracks down a grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) she'd never met, and learns a thing or two about responsibility while living with her at an elderly community. The film has moments of cutesiness, but also a nice message about redemption and forgiveness. And as manipulative as it may be, the last part with the reading of an e.e. cummings poem makes me cry like a little baby.

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ilabooshka ilabooshka 10 years
The Sweetest Thing is the FUNNIEST movie! Can never watch it too many times! My new favorite one of hers, though, is The Holiday--Not at all what I was expecting!
msshellokitty msshellokitty 10 years
I really like the Sweetest Thing.I thought it was a pretty funny movie.
Sandybfan Sandybfan 10 years
i loved in her shoes. i watched the beginning expecting to turn it off but i loved it so i watched the whole thing. my fav movie of hers tho is the holiday. you cant get much better than cameron diaz, jack black, jude law, and kate winslet. its hilarious too
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 10 years
in her shoes was a nice surprise and there's something about mary is so funny
Princess101 Princess101 10 years
omg thats camron diaz, she looks
Jinx Jinx 10 years
I forgot all about Vanilla Sky too.
lem0n lem0n 10 years
Like sswonder, I also liked A Life Less Ordinary. I thought Cameron Diaz was very good in Vanilla Sky. Even though I didn't like that movie very much, she played the character just right.
aras8218 aras8218 10 years
I love In Her Shoes and i'm just a big fan of Cameron Diaz in general. Her last The Holiday i loved.
xo_verity xo_verity 10 years
I love 'In Her Shoes'... I havent seen the other 2, but they look good!
swwonder swwonder 10 years
I haven't seen these three, but my favourite Cameron film is 'A Life Less Ordinary', with Ewan McGregor and Holly Hunter.
Jinx Jinx 10 years
Oh, this is freaky, because I've been trying to figure out, and get a picture of, the elderly lady that is friends with Shirley MacLaine's character. The cute, outspoken one, in In Her Shoes, anyone know? Great post Buzz! Gave me new hope for Cammie, I didn't realise that was her in Being John, and the Love Waits sounds good. Thanks.
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 10 years
Three very good flicks - Especially Malkovich, but I'd need to throw in a comedy to lighten things up a bit. I absolutely rolled at The Sweetest Thing! A bit of trivia about the Sweetest Thing - It was based on Nancy ( Pimental's friendship with Grey's Anatomy's Kate Walsh!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
Yeah, "Malkovich" is an awesome movie. Another of my favorite Cam movies is "There's Something About Mary."
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
I liked Being John Malkovich. I takes a certain person to watch that movie. It is strange but good.
kristyrk kristyrk 10 years
I think I would have liked "In Her Shoes" if I hadn't read the book first.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
I liked "In Her Shoes," too, a lot. And I sure didn't expect to. In fact, the only reason I even watched it is because they filmed it in my neighborhood (in fact, Cam's trailer was parked ON MY BLOCK, although I didn't catch a glimpse of her) and because one day when I was walking home from work, I watched Toni Collette and the guy who played her boyfriend filming a scene in front of an office building around the corner The Jamaican Jerk Hut restaurant that was featured so prominently in the film was a block and a half from my place, too.
Amity-A Amity-A 10 years
I liked "In Her Shoes" too. It was a nice surprise.
wiggy wiggy 10 years
i really liked "in her shoes". one night my sister rented it, and i did not want to see it. i thought it looked boring. but i ended up really liking it. i love toni collette.
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