Top 5 Owen Wilson Films

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson will reunite this week in the upcoming movie The Internship. Owen Wilson has had a topsy turvy career to say the least, his long established partnership with Wes Anderson has produced some excellent work yet he has been prone to the odd slacker comedy here and there. Bram Welch chooses his top five Wilson fives and explains his choices:

5. Meet The Parents

Despite providing two very tiresome sequels, Meet The Parents was a cringey and incredibly funny comedy.  Ben Stiller stars as Greg Focker who in one weekend meets his in-laws and his future wife’s charismatic ex-boyfriend, Kevin played by Owen Wilson.  It’s a film that many can relate to, meeting the in-laws is a daunting task and this well observed comedy provides laughs and moments of recoil throughout.

4. Cars

Although this film is missing the humanist quality that we experience in other Pixar movies, it still provides laughs visually and verbally.  Wilson voices Lightning McQueen, a rookie racer who is set to win the Piston Cup.  Along the way he gets sidetracked in the sleepy town of Radiator Springs.  It may not live up to Pixar’s usual quality, but it is still worth a watch.  And at the end of the day who doesn’t love to hear Wilson’s voice.

3. The Wedding Crashers

When we first saw Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson star together it was in this raunchy romp where two men get dragged into a situation no one saw coming.  John Beckwith (Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vaughn) are two guys whose work, as divorce mediators has given them a cynical attitude towards marriage.  At the weekend they crash wedding receptions not only for free food and booze, but to take their chances with the female guests.  The plot is slightly problematic towards the end, but some dodgy plot workings does eventually provide us with a rounded ending.  This film was written well and hilarious but the real treat was the performances by Vaughn and Wilson.  Their energy added something extra to this sexy but sweet romantic comedy.

2. The Royal Tenenbaums

Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) was a successful attorney with 3 successful children.  When Royal leaves his family it led to years of bitter resentment that culminate in him looking for absolution from his, now, adult children.  Owen Wilson plays Eli Cash, a friend of Richie Tenebaum (Luke Wilson) who always wanted to be a Tenebaum.  The movie is a fascinatingly funny look at unrequited love.  The gags come from nowhere, which results in guffaws, while we’re still caught up in the family’s melancholy.  Anderson’s masterpiece is as touching as it is funny.


1. Midnight In Paris

Woodey Allen meets Goodnight Sweetheart.  Wilson stars as Gil, a writer who after dark has fallen is transported to the 1920s Paris where he meets the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway. It is a film about nostalgia and how we hold eras gone by on pedestals.  The best installment of Woodey Allen’s eurotrip that plays less like a tourist video and more like an ode to love.  This fantasy is brought to life by wit and charm, with very rewarding revelations that aren’t forced down your throat.

Honourable Mention:

Rushmore

Owen Wilson does not feature in this coming of age (of sorts) movie, but Wilson deserves recognition for the writing of this film.  Together, with Wes Anderson, they made me care about the plight of this 15 year old in this hilarious and unique film.

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