By Joules Dellinger
One of my favorite actresses is celebrating her birthday on April 17th! I LOVE her on Instagram (her “cooking” show is the best), she is a band geek who can still play her alto saxophone from high school band, AND she can kick major butt.
Who am I fangirling over? Jennifer Garner!
I first realized that Jennifer Garner was my spirt animal when she stared as double agent Sydney Bristow on Alias. Sydney is smart, so beautiful and she can disarm a bad guy in 5 seconds while wearing a wig and cocktail dress. What’s not to love?! Add Alias to your queue:
After Alias, Jennifer stared in a fun mixture of romantic comedy movies and action moves where she continued to show off her fighting skills. Let’s revisit some fun Jennifer Garner movies!
Synopsis: It's 1987, and geeky Jenna wants to be popular. When her 13th birthday party goes awry, and she makes a wish that she could just be 30 already, she wakes up to discover she's flash-forwarded 17 years. Now a successful magazine editor, Jenna finds out that being an adult isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Fun Fact: Jenna’s grown up boyfriend played by Sam Ball is actually a guy I went to college with (we were in theater together). I remember vividly that I went to see this movie in the theater by myself and literally gasped out loud to see someone I knew on the screen. And then suddenly he was in tighty-whities and it was weird. With or without an old college friend, this movie is one of my favorites!
Synopsis: Facing an unplanned pregnancy while she's still in high school, quirky teen Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) devises a plan to locate her unborn baby's perfect adoptive parents. But the seemingly ideal couple (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner) Juno chooses still has some growing up to do. Michael Cera co-stars in this offbeat coming-of-age comedy with an Oscar-winning original screenplay penned by Diablo Cody.
When I went to see this movie my first time, I had no idea that Jennifer Garner was in it… but I was absolutely blown away by her performance. From start to end, this movie sucks me in every time and if you haven’t seen it yet you really need to add it to your queue!
Synopses: In Daredevil, Ben Affleck is Matt Murdock, a Marvel Comics hero who's a lawyer by day but fights the bad guys at night to avenge the murder of his father, a boxer. But what sets Matt apart from most superheroes isn't his back story -- it's his handicap. Matt is blind, the result of a childhood accident that may have removed his ability to see but gifted him with heightened senses of touch, taste, hearing and smell. Jennifer Garner’s character of Elektra is introduced in this movie and then two years later she got her own spinoff. In Elektra, she is an assassin for the mysterious Order of the Hand, Elektra is assigned to off widower Mark Miller (Goran Visnjic) and his teenage daughter, Abby (Kirsten Prout). But all bets are off when Elektra falls for Miller and must battle her former allies in this spellbinding thriller.
I LOVE superhero movies, but I have to be honest and say that these are not the best the genre has to offer. However, with that being said, I still loved Jennifer in the role of Elektra. Basically anything that requires that she fight in a movie is a-okay in my book.
Next up in my queue:
Synopsis: Closeted gay teen Simon is mortified when his classmate Martin gets hold of Simon's intimate email to his online love. With the prospect of humiliation looming, Simon reluctantly agrees to help Martin get closer to Abby, Simon's female best friend.
I read the book for this one and wanted to let it settle a little before watching the movie. I really enjoyed the book and I hear that Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel got great reviews for their roles as Simon’s parents.
Synopsis: Young mother Riley North awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerrilla. Channeling her frustration into personal motivation, she spends years in hiding honing her mind, body and spirit to become an unstoppable force – eluding the underworld, the LAPD and the FBI – as she methodically delivers her personal brand of justice.
I had wanted to see this one in the movie theater, but never had a chance. No biggie, I added it to my queue and it should be coming to my house within the next few weeks. I can’t wait to see Sydney – I mean Jennifer – kick some butt on my screen again!
Joules Dellinger has been blogging since 2011 at Pocketful of Joules on everything from fashion, travel, parenting, thrifting and lots of lots of silliness.
She likes movies where the women kick butt and the men are goofy (and shirtless). She doesn’t care which Kardashian is pregnant and thinks Beyoncé is overrated. Follow her on Twitter at @JoulesDellinger or on Instagram at @PocketfulofJoules.