Over the past few years here on redblog I have repeatedly declared my love for Paul Rudd. (I try to remind people of it at least every other week.) So imagine how thankful I am that I didn’t keel over when I actually saw him in person last year and therefore lived to see the day when the film that made him famous — Clueless — found its way to redbox kiosks. Hooray!
To celebrate the arrival of Clueless — which joins a lot of other great “new classics” in the redbox Replay category, I thought I would share with you what I deem to be the Top 5 Paul Rudd Movies. And they are…
5) Wet Hot American Summer - Though I’m not as enthusiastic about this 2001 cult fave as are most fans of The State/David Wain, it makes the list simply because Rudd is such an against-type jerk in it, as evidenced by this hissy fit.
4) The Shape of Things – In this adaptation of Neil LaBute’s play of the same name (in which Rudd also starred), Paul plays a dork who is caught off guard when the beautiful Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) takes an intense interest in him. But, uh, since it IS from LaBute, there’s clearly something darker going on…
3) Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - “Afternoon Delight.” Need I say more?
2) Clueless - This was almost my #1, but I decided against it taking the top spot because Paul doesn’t have that big of a role in the film. All he did back in 1995 was merely win the hearts of millions of girls across the land — something that’s, you know, a normal day’s work for him.
1) Role Models – This was one of my favorite films last year, and it’s also one of very few movies that I wanted to see more than once. Rudd is at his absolute funny-leading-man best… and it didn’t hurt that the supporting cast was hilarious as well.
I’d also like to give Honorable Mentions to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, in which Rudd played the surf instructor Chuck… or “Kunu,” and Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, in which Paul tried to win over Ms. Capulet as “Bachelor of the Year” Dave Paris.
I know I left some biggies off of this list and I am prepared to hear about it! What say you? What would have been in your Top 5?