Chris Messina makes shit tons of movies. He’s been sort of living under the radar and starring in millions and millions of Netflix and indie movies, along with a a few big movies like Julie & Julia, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and Argo. By the way he was in Rounders?! and You’ve Got Mail? And guess what? He’s a good actor, and quite an excellent romantic interest.Here is his Netflix Streaming resumé.
Ira & AbbyThis was CUTE. Quite a fun movie! Check it out. Samantha from “Who’s the Boss” is in it. Fred Willard is in it. Pre Don Draper Jon Hamm is in it in such an awesome way. By the way, Hamm is IRL married to the movie’s writer/director Jennifer Westfeld who plays Abby and also wrote and directed Friends with Kids. I did not like Friends with Kids, and the premise of this one was not encouraging either, because it has an Along Came Polly type romance in it. It could have used an Along Came Polly type shart, but I say that about all movies. This movie surprised me pleasantly. And Messina did well in the role of a neurotic uptight kind of dude. He didn’t overplay it.
Humboldt CountyThere’s some very unprofessional inappropriate things I could say about Chrissy’s role in Humboldt County as super hot sexy stoner, but it would devalue my position as a strong, smart, lady movie blogger. He’s a great actor, and he acted his pants off (ha!) in this. But this movie was VERY mediocre. I wrote about it before and gave it a thumbs down, and then my friend was like “Girl I love what you said about Humboldt County because I know the guy that made that movie and he’s a total douche!” And then I felt bad and was like “omg I have to watch what I say; I’m so not an internet troll!” And then I never gossiped again.
DevilThis movie is not good. But Chris is good in it. I mean, he did what he could, acting-wise. As a no-nonsense police, he also did what he could to help people stuck in an elevator and getting killed off one by one. You could watch this movie for kicks? I don’t know. It’s really not good. You could watch it while you are blogging or Tindering or rearranging your home or not at all. The whole movie is ridiculous.
The Giant Mechanical ManThis movie is kind of weird and quirky and cute. It’s a bit slow, but it’s a nice feel-gooder. Messina is great in it of course. Duh. Pam from “The Office” is also great as his co-star love interest. It’s about two sort of losery people who fall in love.
28 Hotel RoomsThis movie is suprisingly pretty good. It’s a romantic drama (yikes). In fact, if someone had told me the premise of this ahead of time, I would have said “NO WAY! GET A WAY FROM ME!” really loud. It’s about an extra-marital relationship that is contained within the walls of hotel rooms only, and the push and pull and guilt and the complications that come with it. Right? It sounds terrible. But it’s not bad. I think the acting really saved it; it seemed very natural with a lot of improv.
I can’t decide. This movie is heavily uncomfortable. Ben Stiller as Greenberg whines a lot. Messina is only in it a little bit, but it’s worth bringing up because he plays a bit of a dickbag. Or maybe he’s just tired of his brother’s whining. I would be. I am. In Greenberg’s defense, he is a bit mentally ill and had recently suffered a nervous breakdown or something. Anyway, the movie is worth a shot; it co-stars Greta Gerwig and is directed by Noah Baumbach.
An Invisible SignMan, this was disappointing. Jessica Alba completely ruined this movie. She sucked. Chris couldn’t save this movie all by himself, because even though his acting was great, it made no sense for him to have a crush on Alba because she played a super weirdo character in a completely unrealistic way. The script called for a weirdo, but it was to the point where she could barely function independently and her social skills were non-existent. She refused to talk to Chris’s character until he followed her and forced her to talk to him. Her character doesn’t like music or movies and brought an axe to her teaching job at an elementary school. And it’s not like she was wearing pumps and pencil skirts either. Her pretty face was covered by her gross bangs. Messina’s character was buggin’ by following that fucked up weirdo around.
Also check out Messina’s non-streaming movies that look decent: Ruby Sparks, Away We Go, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Celeste and Jesse Forever, Monogamy, and Fairhaven. He’s everywhere!