Meet Dakota Skye, your seemingly normal, angst-filled, 17 year old high school student. Did I forget to mention that she is incapable of being lied to? That's right- Dakota can tell exactly when she is being lied to; she is always faced with the truth, even when it may be hard to bear. Her so-called "superpower" comes into further play when her relationship with her current rockstar boyfriend is jeopardized by a new, mysterious boy- Jonah.
Although Dakota Skye was filmed on a relatively low budget, the characters and plot of the film are so believable (and not to mention relatable, for some of us) that the size of a film's budget becomes irrelevant. I haven't been able to relate to a movie like this one in a long time, which proved to be comforting and entertaining all at once. You'll be rooting for Dakota at the end of the film when she finds her inner-self and follows her heart in search of the truth.
For fans of: Degrassi, Juno, You Me And Everyone We Know
Calling all (500) Days of Summer fanatics! This film follows the similar, off-beat pattern of the aforementioned film while chronicling the relationship of happy-go-lucky Peter, and the calm, cool, and collected Vandy. Although, in my opinion, (500) Days of Summer is one of the best films of the last decade, Peter and Vandy proved to be even more realistic for me. Fights caused over little, insignificant annoyances, communication gone wrong, and infidelity- you name it, Peter and Vandy have gone through it. For fans of realistic romances- not sappy, fairytale endings- this is the film for you.
My only complaint about Peter and Vandy is the lack of character development. Although the characters were extremely likable and relatable, I wish we were given a little more backstory of their personal experiences, careers, etc.
For fans of: (500) Days of Summer, You've Got Mail, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Sure, Robert Pattinson makes a decent vampire, but let's not forget about the films produced in his own stomping grounds. How To Be is a dark comedy, concerning Pattinson's character trying in vain to become a successful musician all while vying for his parents love and attention- and failing miserably at both. I love dry, British humor, and How To Be certainly satisfied my craving for sarcasm and wit. Putting Twilight aside, Pattinson really is a talented and versatile actor. Personally, I like him significantly more in British films rather than American films. Why hide the accent? It's wonderful! If you've had a down-and-out day or simply feel like enjoying a good laugh, I'd definitely recommend viewing How To Be!
For fans of: The Go-Getter, Little Miss Sunshine
All of the movies mentioned above are available for instant play on Netflix. If you're not a Netflix user, try browsing your local Blockbuster for these titles. You may have a hard time finding them seeing as they are more "indie," less-publicized titles, but with a little hard work and dedication you'll be in movie-watching heaven in no time!