The Iconic Kirsten Dunst Movies You May Have Forgotten About
Yes, Kirsten Dunst has been making headlines recently for her new Showtime series, On Becoming a God in Central Florida. But in case you’ve forgotten, the celebrated actress has been in a lot of amazing projects over the course of her nearly 30-year career. And most of these are movies.
When you think of Dunst on film, you may first think of the first iteration of Spider-Man films. Or maybe the teen rom-com sensation Bring It On. Or, you look all the way back to her earliest roles, like Interview with the Vampire. But here are a few more of most notable turns on film that you probably haven’t thought of in a while.
Dunst veered hard into comedy with Dick, a reimagining of the Watergate Scandal in which two teenage girls in the ’70s somehow implicate Richard Nixon. Yes, it sounds unbelievable. But what were the late ’90s for besides quirky comedies with ridiculous premises?
Dunst and Michelle Williams star as the young women in question. This is a flick that did terribly at the box office but has ultimately become a cult favorite. And let’s be real, now’s the perfect time to check it out, as who doesn’t want to believe that anyone can take down the president?
‘The Virgin Suicides’
In 1999, Dunst had already become an established child actress. But she kicked things up a notch with The Virgin Suicides, her first of numerous collaborations with then-novice director Sofia Coppola.
The film, which is based on a book of the same name, tells the story of five teenage sisters who become isolated after one of them tries to commit suicide. This kicks off a chain of events in which they begin to rebel in various ways, as observed by a group of neighborhood boys.
‘Get Over It’
For a hot second there in the early ’00s, Dunst was basically a teen rom-com queen. She capitalized on the genre’s explosion into popular media just as it was happening, and then quickly got out (as any smart actress would).
Amongst those now forgotten flicks was Get Over It. As was the trend for a short time, the plot was loosely based on Shakespeare play. But, in far-too-meta fashion, the tale in question, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is the play being performed within the movie. Still, it’s a fun time at the movies, and Dunst stars alongside a myriad of big names from the time, including Sisqo, Colin Hanks, and Mila Kunis.
Somehow, this movie is one of the most forgotten of Dunst’s career, despite being one of the best. Bachelorette stars Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan as three very dysfunctional bridesmaids the night before their friend’s (Rebel Wilson) wedding.
This movie is not Bridemaids — it’s darkly funny, but in a much more relatable way. Yes, crazy antics ensue. Yes, there are fun moments. But despite being categorized as a romantic comedy, this is a film about the ways in which the truth comes out when old friends get together.