Thursday Movie Picks: Fish Out of Water Movies

This week's theme from Wandering Through the Shelves is movies featuring a character who is "a fish out of water."  For some reason I had a really hard time finding movies with someone who doesn't quite fit in, which is kind of ridiculous considering there's so many, but here's what I came up with. 

1) Some Like it Hot


This is one of my favorite films to come out of my Blind Spot lists. Joe and Jerry couldn't be any bigger fish then they are, dressed as women hiding out with an all female traveling band. 

2) The Devil Wears Prada

Poor Andi, she just doesn't get or appreciate fashion, despite her job in the world of high fashion. This film makes me want to go shopping every time I watch it. 

3) Brooklyn

Eilis is an Irish girl trying to make it in Brooklyn by herself with her family back in Ireland. I have so much love for this character. While she's not the only fish out of that pond, it's still amazing watching her come into her own.

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  1. BROOKLYN! <3 I've watched it like three times since getting the Blu-Ray and it is just as wonderful each time. Ronan is just so warm and wonderful as Eilis. I love her - and the movie - so much.

    Some Like It Hot is a masterpiece. Everyone is perfect in it, and the most genius ending.\

    You also just happened to highlight my absolute favorite Emily moment of Devil Wears Prada.

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    1. Emily was amazing in that movie. I bought the Brooklyn blu ray too! I can't get enough of that movie.

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  2. Some Like It Hot is a brilliant pick!! That movie is just a never ending joy and Marilyn, Tony, Jack and Joe E. Brown work together like a well oiled machine.

    I never would have thought of Devil Wears Prada for this but it fits very well. I don't revisit it very often but it was a fun film.

    I haven't seen Brooklyn yet but it just came in the mail from Netflix and I'm really looking forward to it. I've heard nothing but praise.

    There are dozens of these sort of movies but I came up with my three pretty quickly, all favorites.

    Blast from the Past (1999)-An absurd premise, a slightly nutty 60’s scientist and his pregnant homemaker wife (Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek, both ideal) lock themselves into a bomb shelter for 35 years under the false impression that nuclear war has been declared then sending their grown son out into a strange new world for supplies, is played with charming whimsy. Brendan Fraser uses his size and somewhat goofy personality to make son Adam believable as a big overgrown child in a man's body. He and Alicia Silverstone as Eve the woman who takes Adam under her wing have a nice vibe with her worldliness playing well off his innocence. A sweet, breezy film with the underlying message to respect each other and enjoy the world around you.

    My Cousin Vinny (1992)-Two young men are falsely accused of murder in the deep South, desperate they contact the only lawyer either knows, Vinnie the New York cousin of one of the boys who has finally passed the bar on his sixth try. Down he and his brassy fiancée come, hilarity ensues! Hard to say who is funnier Joe Pesci, the Oscar winning Marisa Tomei or the deadpan Fred Gwynne in his final performance as the judge whose patience is stretched to the limit.

    Time After Time (1979)-In the London of 1893 H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) plans to use his time machine to travel to the Utopian paradise he believes is the future. As he prepares to make the journey Jack the Ripper (David Warner), on the run from the police, hijacks the machine and travels to 70’s San Francisco. When the machine returns to Victorian England Wells uses it to follow him. Perplexed by the modern world H.G. enlists the help of Amy (Mary Steenburgen) a bank teller he meets to catch Jack before he can resume his killing spree. During the pursuit Wells falls for Amy, even as she has a hard time believing his wild story of time travel. A thriller with a fine mixture of humor and suspense, McDowell and Steenburgen fell in love while making this film and were married for a decade.

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    1. I hope you like Brooklyn, it's such a wonderful film. The only one I've seen of yours is Blast from the Past, which I didn't care for. I've always meant to see My Cousin Vinny though. I might throw that on my Blind Spot list next year.

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  3. YEY for The Devil Wears Prada! i could watch it every week and it would always entertain me. This should have been Streep's 3rd Oscar

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    1. I always end up watching this movie when I catch it on TV. It's so great.

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  4. Love Some Like It Hot. Thought The Devil Wears Prada was okay, but Streep was great in it. Haven't seen Brooklyn just yet.

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  5. I've always wanted to watch Some Like It Hot, I've heard a lot of good things about this movie.

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    1. It's amazing, easily one of my favorite classics.

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  6. I haven't seen Brooklyn yet but love Some Like It Hot and Jack Lemmon was priceless with Joe E Brown. The Devil Wears Prada is better than I thought it would be...very enjoyable.

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    1. Brooklyn is great, I hope you get the chance to see it.

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  7. I haven't seen Brooklyn as it's something I want to see. The Devil Wears Prada is a YES as... I'm still waiting for Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, and Emily Blunt to do another film together.

    Some Like It Hot.... a masterpiece. That film never gets old as it's just a comedy that still holds up and can make you smile on a sad day. Plus, any scene with Jack Lemmon and Joe E. Brown are the best including their first date. I think Jack Lemmon really found himself to be extremely comfortable with his sexuality.

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    1. It really does hold up. It would still work if it was released today. Marilyn Monroe feels like she was born to play that part.

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  8. Those are good choices,and couldn't be more different from each other!!

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  9. Great picks! I've always wanted to watch Some Like It Hot, and loved Emily Blunt in Devil Wears Prada.

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    1. Some Like It Hot is wonderful, I'm glad I threw that on a Bling Spot. So worth it. lol

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  10. I love The Devil Wears Prada and Emily Blunt is absolutely amazing

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    1. She is. I think it's still my favorite role of hers.

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  11. Ahh! I ducked out this week, I struggled too much with the theme, but your picks are perfect! Can't believe I didn't think of Brooklyn after watching it so recently! I have so much love for that movie <3
    - Allie

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    1. I'm trying to do every theme this year, even when it gives me trouble lol. (A few later on I totally phone in)

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  12. Some Like it Hot is an excellent pick, I love everything about that movie. Solid too, is The Devil Wears P. Almost took on Brooklyn, but opted for something a little less...uh, quality.

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    1. lol I hope you give Brooklyn a shot eventually.

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  13. Wonderful picks! I could watch these all the time, and need to watch Brooklyn again ASAP. <3

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  14. I watched Some Like it Hot recently and enjoyed it. The Devil Wears Prada is a great pick as well, wish I thought of it too. Brooklyn I want to watch, heard many good things about it.

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    1. Hope you get the chance to see it soon. It's wonderful.

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