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Director Paul Feig picks his favorite underrated films

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I Am David
Everett Collection

Paul Feig went from creating ’90s cult favorite Freaks and Geeks to directing 2011’s comedy hit Bridesmaids, but between those, he directed 2003’s little-known drama I Am David — which he’s still proud of to this day. See what the director had to say about that film, along with his other picks for favorite underrated movies:

Loves of a Blonde

“This first feature film from Amadeus director Milos Forman is the funny and bittersweet tale of a pretty teenage girl living in Communist Czechoslovakia trying desperately to find anything to lift her out of her bleak everyday life.  Filled with funny, odd characters including one of the funniest portrayals of angry parents I’ve ever seen, Loves of a Blonde is a low-key gem that is the cinematic equivalent of comfort food.”


“Jonathan Lisecki’s comedic tale of a woman who turns to her gay best friend in order to have a baby is a funny and touching meditation on friendship and the true nature of family.  Anchored by a vulnerably hilarious performance by Jenn Harris and director Lisecki’s scene-stealing turn as her best friend’s friend, Gayby is one of those movies you call your friends to tell them about the minute it’s over.”

I Am David

“Okay, this sounds self-serving but I’m really proud of the first movie I made after doing Freaks and Geeks.  The story of a young boy making his way across Europe after escaping from a labor camp in Communist Bulgaria, I Am David is an uplifting tale of the power and resilience of the human spirit.  Based on the book by Anne Holms and featuring great performances by Jim Caviezel, Joan Plowright and a young Ben Tibber as David, it’s a movie that I will always be proud of.”

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