In the last decade, few comedy stars have as solid a track record as Seth Rogen. The funnyman’s recently released Neighbors 2 reunites him with co-stars Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, and Dave Franco. However, the film’s greatest secret weapon may be Chloë Grace Moretz.
The actress has appeared in countless films and TV shows over the past few years and amassed an impressive career that ranges from comedy and drama to horror and action. With Moretz’s growing list of credits, we look back at her best work on the big screen thus far.
1. (500) Days of Summer (2009)
Moretz may not be the focus of this comedy/drama romance, but what she lacks in screen time she makes up for in impact. As the precocious younger sister to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s lovestruck Tom Hansen, she is both his ongoing support system and voice of reason in his doomed relationship with Summer (Zooey Deschanel) throughout the non-linear narrative chronicling their relationship. Director Marc Webb’s film stands as one of the best in its genre in the last decade, emerging as a modern classic.
2. Kick-Ass (2010)
Moretz’s most iconic role may be Mindy McCready aka Hit-Girl, which gave the young actress a chance to become an action hero. In director Matthew Vaughn’s film, the character is tinged with tragedy and dark humor, creating arguably the most three-dimensional figure in the superhero satire that is Kick-Ass. Moretz ultimately reprised the role a few years later. While the sequel gave her an expanded role, its story failed to live up to the original, which still stands as a hallmark entry on Moretz’s filmography.
3. Let Me In (2010)
The same year she became Hit-Girl, Moretz starred as a tortured vampire in this American remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In. Her chemistry with stars Kodi-Smit McPhee and Richard Jenkins is perfect; the actress strikes the right balance between vulnerability and terror as Abby.
It’s little surprise that director Matt Reeves went on to helm Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and its forthcoming sequel, as his work here — and the performances he gets out of his two young leads — elevates what could have been a cheap cash-in on a foreign property.
4. Hugo (2011)
Martin Scorsese’s ode to the early days of filmmaking may center on the title character, but the film — based on Brian Selznick’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret — lends plenty of opportunities for its supporting cast to shine.
Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley are, of course, remarkable as some of the most prominent adults in Hugo’s (Asa Butterfield) life. However, Moretz’s Isabelle brings a sense of wonder and adventure to his story, serving as the audience surrogate in a way and aiding the hero in his quest for answers.
5. The Equalizer (2014)
Denzel Washington and frequent collaborator Antoine Fuqua revived this property — based on a 1980s crime drama — as a neo-noir thrill ride. Moretz portrays a young prostitute who plays an integral role in setting Washington’s Robert McCall on the warpath.
The actress lends her undeniable presence to a role that could have easily served as a one-note element. Her chemistry with Washington and the character’s ability to humanize his hero are invaluable assets that help set The Equalizer apart from the hordes of other revenge thrillers that precede it.
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