Summer Movies: 4 Works By Actor-Directors That Are Surprisingly Worth The Watch

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We've seen Madonna try her hand at directing, Jodie Foster writing and directing...beaver puppets, and does anyone else remember Danny DeVito's Death to Smoochy? Yeah, we're trying to forget, too.

Unfortunately, a lot of the films written and directed by actors are a huge miss. Props to them for trying, but more often than we'd like to admit, we find ourselves wishing they would just stick to what they're good at so we could have saved on that $13.25 ticket price.

However, a slew of new releases featuring actor- and actress-penned screenplays actually look really good. We found four films we just can't wait to see, dreamed up by familiar on-camera notables who prove that they're way more than just a pretty face (and of course, a talented thespian).

Photos (from top left): Courtesy of Sony Classics, Magnolia Pictures, IFC Films, and Warner Bros.


Celeste and Jesse Forever
Rashida Jones is showing us some serious screenwriting chops. Answering the age-old question, "Can you really be friends with your ex?", Celeste and Jesse Forever takes a look into what happens after an out-of-the-blue divorce. Hint: Just make sure you're the one to move on first.


Liberal Arts
Haaaave you met Ted? Okay, more like Josh Radnor, who's known for playing Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother. But did you know that he writes and directs films too? His second film (yes, second — his first was Happythankyoumoreplease, in 2010) Liberal Arts presents the unfortunate truth of what happens after you graduate with a degree in Liberal Arts — nothing. Except for maybe falling for a much younger gal and dealing with some existential drama. For the record, if we had written this movie, we'd have cast Elizabeth Olsen as our love interest, too.


Argo
Okay, so this one is probably the most obvious pick on our list. We must say Mr. Affleck has really upped his game — we honestly never thought we'd hear about him again after Gigli (cringe) — but the man knows how to rebound. And he also knows how to direct. With Gone Baby Gone and The Town under his belt (don't say you didn't like those flicks, we know you did), Affleck has gone and made his third baby and no, we're not talking about his son Samuel. Argo is based on a true story of American hostages taken by militants during the 1979 Iranian revolution, but there's enough humor and sentiment thrown in to give your nerves a break, too.


2 Days In New York
Another film vet has come out of the woodwork with her fifth directed feature. Remember how you felt watching 2 Days in Paris? Julie Delpy has conjured a follow-up, this time staring Chris Rock — yes, you read that correctly — with 2 Days in New York. We have to admit, when we heard Chris Rock would be playing Julie's love interest, we couldn't quite see how this would work. But now, we totally get it.