Every month, we here at 6NC like to get together to try to convince you which is the very best of our favorite things. This time around, in honor of Sandra Bullock’s birthday, we’re making the case for our favorite Sandra Bullock movies! Did your favorite make the list? Of course it did – they’re all great.
My pick for favorite Sandra Bullock movie is The Net. The Net is a mid-90s thriller about a computer programmer named Angela Bennett, played by Sandra Bullock, who “stumbles upon a conspiracy, putting her life and the lives of those around her in great danger.” Sounds intriguing, right? This movie came out just as the Internet was taking off, when only the most tech savvy (and geekiest) in our society could figure out it’s mysterious workings. Sandy B. must stop the conspiracy before more lives are lost (including her own) and worldwide chaos ensues. She finds herself with her identity stolen, running from cops, and putting the lives of all two of her friends in danger. Can she stop the baddies before it’s too late? Of course she can; this is a Sandra Bullock movie.
This was the Sandra Bullock movie I watched over and over as a kid which could be why it holds such a special place in my heart. I recently watched it again, not too long ago, (Adri and I forced Jess and Angie to watch it), and it does not hold up…not that it ever did. It’s got all the hallmarks of a Sandra Bullock movie: a lonely Sandra Bullock orders takeaway dinner alone, Sandra Bullock refuses the advances of every male in the movie, and Sandra Bullock makes us love her with her quippy comebacks. The dialogue is cheesy, the plot is full of holes, and Dennis Miller’s character is pretty much pointless, but Sandra Bullock makes me watch it all the way through anyway. That, my friends, is the power of Sandra Bullock.
Friends, before we dive into my favorite Sandra Bullock movie I’d like to make one thing perfectly clear. I love Sandy B. She’s absolutely up there on my list of favorite celebrities. She’s super famous, but she’s always seemed pretty down to earth; the only real controversy she was embroiled in was because of her sleazy ex-husband. Sandy B is my girl. However, I’m coming to the realization that I’m apparently not a huge fan of her movies, particularly romantic comedies. Movies like Miss Congeniality and The Proposal are fun, but her characters always come off too socially awkward/obtuse for me. I’m sure I’d be a much bigger fan of her dramatic roles, but I actually haven’t seen her most critically acclaimed films – Gravity, The Blind Side, and Crash. Don’t hate me Sandy B; I promise I’ll get to them soon.
As a result, I guess by default my favorite Sandra Bullock film is The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood. It’s not exactly a Sandra Bullock film because it features a very talented ensemble (including Maggie Smith, one of my favorite people of all time. Hey, when is the list of our favorite Maggie Smith roles coming out?), but the movie has a lot of elements I enjoy. The plot is centered around a mother/daughter relationship, but it’s also about the strong bond of female friendships. The dialogue has its funny moments, but the story is focused around the struggles and unhappiness that sometimes comes with living life. The film shows us that people aren’t perfect and love sometimes isn’t enough to fix major problems, but it also reminds us that everyone has a story and perhaps we shouldn’t make judgments about others until we have heard theirs.
Also everybody has a ridiculous southern accent, and that just makes me happy.
For Sandra Bullock’s best, I picked 28 Days. I hadn’t seen it in a while and decided to rewatch it… Surprisingly, a lot more zombies than I remember.
Kidding, I know that 28 Days is about Sandy’s character, Gwen, who is forced to go to rehab to address her alcoholism and addictions. This film came at peak “America’s sweetheart” Sandy B., and watching her play a frustratingly, unlikable character was a step away from her typical rom coms. For the first half of the film, Sandra plays this baffling character that doesn’t see how her addictions are ruining her relationship with her character’s sister. She also has this enabling boyfriend that doesn’t help her recovery process. Even when they try to introduce a different love interest, we see that Sandy’s character doesn’t need that. She needs to address her issues (alcoholic mother) first and learn to take care of herself. You go, Sandy B!
The movie is a dramatic comedy and might make rehab seem like summer camp, but we see Sandy’s character figure herself out when she learns that her old ways and old friends aren’t going to cut it anymore. Sandy’s charisma shines through the whole film even when you want to slap some sense into her boozing ways. This film really turns the tide for bubbly and cute Sandra to a more serious and acclaimed actress who goes on to win Oscars… You go, Sandy B!
Also everybody has a ridiculous southern accent, and that just makes me happy.
Is it weird that a workaholic lawyer with no love life was one of my role models in high school? Because Sandra Bullock’s character in Two Weeks Notice was one of mine. Quick backstory: Sandra Bullock plays Lucy Kelson, an environmental activist/lawyer who is trying to save her hometown’s community center. Hugh Grant (2002 was peak Hugh Grant time) plays George Wade, a real estate magnate who strikes a deal with Lucy: if she works for him as his chief legal counsel, he will save the community center. George begins to rely on Lucy for everything, including his daily wardrobe, there are major misunderstandings, all ending with George chasing Lucy down the street to tell her he loves her.
You don’t have to remind me that this is stereotypical rom com fodder. But rom coms are supposed to make you happy and something about this movie has me coming back to it consistently, even 15 years later, because it just makes me happy. It may be because Lucy is smart in everything except for love, which is easy to relate to in your teens and 20s. She can handle Chinese takeout like no one else is eating.She can name all of the Supreme Court justices after a head injury. And the chemistry between Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock is very much real. The scene where George takes an unreluctant Lucy mattress shopping resulted in one of my favorite one-liners of all time: “Have a bounce!”
Practical Magic is my favorite Sandra Bullock movie. I have probably seen it over ten times. In the film Sandra plays Sally Owens, a resistant member of a family of witches. Her sister Gillian Owens is played by the wonderful Nicole Kidman, and the story follows two main plotlines. Sally dealing with the family curse of lost loves, and Gillian getting into an abusive relationship she can not get out of on her own. Magical shenanigans ensue, and the sisters bond with each other and their family through the story. Some of the best parts of this movie are the zany and mystical aunts who help the sisters and Sally’s daughters find and appreciate their powers, the bond between Sally and Gillian, and the final power of women scene at the end of the film that makes you wish you had a broom and witch powers. I feel like this movie was a gateway for my love of all things magical and mystical.
I have two favorite parts: the circle of women working to save Gillian, as well as the ending scene where the family, dressed as witches, jump off the roof on Halloween night. I have always wanted to attempt this but maybe will just stick to the costume and not the jumping. I also made a connection to a name, even though I do not relate to the Gillian character at all ( feel I am more of one of the aunts), I fell in love with the name Gillian from this movie, and if I ever have a daughter, she will be named Gillian. Sandra Bullock in this movie is prime Sandra. She is everything you want in a Sandra Bullock movie: naturally beautiful, silly, kind, and a kick ass woman who knows what she wants. I think this is why we love her so much. She just seems so down to earth and relatable and does not usually play weak women.She chooses roles that are strong, interesting, and could sometimes use better dialogue.This movie has historical flashbacks, love stories, a crazed villain, family bonding, Sandra Bullock, and magic… what else could you ask for?
Speed, get ready for rush hour. The title and tagline says it all! What other defense do I have to give? Okay, fine, let me explain why I picked Speed as my favorite Sandra Bullock movie. This particular movie has forever been engrained in my memory probably because it was one of the few movies my brothers and I could agree on watching — it was either Speed or Demolition Man. So, for those of you who have never seen it (first of all, how dare you), all you need to know is that there’s a bomb on a bus, and if the bus goes below 50 mph, the bomb goes boom.
Why, in light of all the incredible movies Sandra Bullock has made, do I deem this my favorite? If you think about it, Sandra Bullock is the real MVP in this film. Technically Keanu Reeves’ character is the hero and at the end of the movie, Sandra Bullock’s character literally becomes a damsel in distress, but really–she’s the one who drives the bus! Do you know how hard it is to drive one of those things? On top of that, she volunteered to do it when the bus driver gets injured! So in a time of filmmaking when female characters outside of the romance genre (and usually inside the romance genre) very rarely had any agency, it was nice to see this female character step up to the plate and do what needed to be done. Plus, watch the trailer here , and you’ll remember how iconically ‘90s this movie actually was. You’re welcome.