In case you didn’t know, fish tend to spend their time in water. This is true of almost all fish, although there are the occasional amphibious fish such as mudskippers. So I guess we could also call ‘fish out of water’ films, ‘amphibious fish’ movies. But nobody would have a clue as to what you were prattling on about. Fish Out Of Water films put us in a situation we can all relate to, and that’s feeling like the outsider where our usual rules as to how we conduct ourselves no longer apply. We’re all slightly odd here at THN, so we’ve come up with a list of our top seven (told you we’re odd) ‘Fish Out Of Water’ films.
Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is on a journey to finally lose his virginity at age 40. Along with this ambition, he must give up his beloved action figures and TV nights with his elderly neighbors to enter the world of speed-dating and painful hair waxing. When he meets a woman who likes him for him, Andy has no idea how to react and turns to his co-workers for advice.
Truman Burbank (Jim Carey) is more like a goldfish in a glass bowl than a fish out of water! He is completely oblivious to the fact that he is living in a world created for a reality TV show where he is the star. After 30 years spent unknowingly in front of the camera, Truman begins to pick up on some strange things about his life and the closer he gets to uncovering the truth, the more out of place he feels.
Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) feels most at home getting her hair done by her sisters in their sorority house or drinking daiquiris in her parents’ pool. So when she shows up at Harvard Law School decked out in pink with her chi wow wow dressed to match, she looks like she belongs on another planet. Her initial intention is to win her ex-boyfriend back, but along the way her eyes are opened to a life that is more than designer handbags and French manicures.
To call insurance agent Tim Lippe (Ed Helms), “naïve” is a gross understatement. He’s never left his small hometown. He’s never stayed at a hotel. And he’s never experienced anything like Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sent to represent his company at the annual insurance convention, Tim is soon distracted by three convention veterans (John C. Reilly, Anne Heche and Isiah Whitlock Jr.) who show him the ropes and push his boundaries. For a guy who plays everything by the book, this convention is anything but conventional.
Billy Madison (Adam Sandler) is the lazy and careless slacker who has lived off the lavish lifestyle that his father has provided for him as the owner of a hotel chain. His teachers had to be bribed to pass him through his classes, so when the future possession of his father’s company is brought into question, Billy must go back to school and pass grades 1-12 to prove he is worthy. Through his hilarious experiences in each grade he learns invaluable lessons beyond proper grammar and multiplication tables.
Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) fits in even less than the average high school transfer. As a black teenager in a white school, with his gentle giant demeanor, he struggles to befriend his classmates or feel like he belongs anywhere at all. After spending the first 17 years of his life in and out of foster care with different families, a well-off family takes him into their home and helps him realize his potential as a football player and as a student.
Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) is a tax auditor who follows his jam-packed daily schedule down to each second according to his wristwatch. When an author who is suffering from writer’s block suddenly begins to narrate Harold’s life for the content of her next book, she unknowingly becomes in control of his fate. As Harold continues to hear his life dictated to him as he carries out his every move, his life circumstances becomes quite extraordinary in comparison to the other uptight businessmen working by his side.