9 Emily Blunt Movies That Went Unnoticed but Deserve Fans' Attention
We all know Devil Wears Prada and The Edge of Tomorrow, but Emily Blunt's filmography got so much more to offer.
From dramatic turns to comedy movies, Emily has shown some serious range in these roles.
1. My Summer of Love (2004)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
This might be one of the lesser-known entries in Blunt's filmography but it's where she truly shines. In My Summer of Love, Blunt's character, Tamsin, is a mysterious and alluring force. She forms an intense bond with a working-class girl, played by Natalie Press. Their summer is one filled with discovery, secrets, and power dynamics as they explore their relationship and the boundaries of their different worlds.
2. Your Sister's Sister (2011)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%
In Your Sister's Sister, Blunt is Iris, who invites her best friend Jack (played by Mark Duplass) to her family's secluded cabin to deal with his brother's death. Surprise, surprise, Iris's sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt) is already there to nurse her own wounds. What was meant to be a solo retreat turns into a tangled web of relationships, with secrets spilling out over tequila shots. Emily Blunt nails the role of a woman caught between her loyalty to her sister and her feelings for her best friend.
3. Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%
Before she was battling alien forces, Emily Blunt was cleaning up crime scenes. In Sunshine Cleaning, Blunt plays Norah, the slacker sister to Amy Adams's Rose. Rose starts a crime scene cleanup service, and against any semblance of better judgment, enlists Norah's help. As they scrub away the remnants of various crime scenes, they also work through their own personal messes – like Norah's interactions with the daughter of a house where they cleaned up after a death.
4. The Great Buck Howard (2008)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%
Blunt steps into the role of Valerie Brennan, a publicist for the "amazing" mentalist Buck Howard, played by John Malkovich. At the center of the story is a young man, Colin Hanks' character, Howard's assistant. As they travel for a series of performances, Blunt's Valerie enters the picture, initially to manage Buck's reputation but also sharing some sweet moments with Hanks's character. Her savvy publicist portrayal adds a sharp, witty layer to this quirky comedy.
5. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 68%
In this offbeat tale, Blunt plays Harriet, an assistant to a wealthy sheikh who dreams of bringing salmon fishing to the Yemen desert. Paired with Ewan McGregor's fisheries expert, Fred, they attempt the impossible. As they work on this seemingly ludicrous project, their professional relationship starts to hint at something more. Blunt's character is the heart of the film, as she deals with her boyfriend's MIA status and her growing affection for Fred.
6. The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 66%
Emily plays Prudie, a French teacher with a heap of marital woes, who joins a book club dedicated to Jane Austen novels. Each member is facing their own life crossroads, much like the characters in Austen's books. As Prudie grapples with temptation and what she truly wants out of life, her story intersects with the other club members, leading to love, loss, and self-discovery.
7. Wild Target (2010)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 31%
Another assassin comedy for Emily Blunt! As con artist Rose, she accidentally steals from a gangster and becomes a target for hitman Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy). In a strange turn of events, Victor can't bring himself to kill her and instead, becomes her protector. It's a chaotic mix of action and humor as they're joined by a young apprentice and on the run from the gangster's goons. Blunt is effortlessly charming and funny, playing the unwitting catalyst of mayhem.
8. Gulliver's Travels (2010)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 20%
In a film often skipped over when discussing Blunt's career, Gulliver's Travels has her playing Princess Mary, opposite Jack Black's Gulliver – a travel writer who finds himself in a land of tiny people. It's a modern take on the classic tale, with Blunt's royal character being charmed by Gulliver's tall tales. The film is pure, silly fun with Blunt showing she can play the straight character to Black's over-the-top antics.
9. Arthur Newman (2012)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 20%
In this one, Blunt's character, Mike, meets Wallace Avery, played by Colin Firth. Wallace is a man so tired of his life that he fakes his own death and assumes a new identity: Arthur Newman. Mike, a kleptomaniac with her own set of issues, becomes Arthur's accomplice and lover as they embark on a road trip, breaking into empty homes and playing out the lives of the absent owners.