Thumbsucker

7 Times Keanu Reeves Defied Your Typecasting of Him

7 Times Keanu Reeves Defied Your Typecasting of Him

Keanu Reeves has starred in tons of movies, but he’s mostly known for two kinds of characters: the doofy-slacker type he played in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (and then again in comedies like “Parenthood” and “I Love You to Death”), and the stoic action hero he most memorably portrayed in “The Matrix” (but also in movies like “Speed” and “Point Break”). It’s not fair to put Reeves in a box, though. Here are five times he terrifically played against type.

In THUMBSUCKER, Keanu Reeves is (finally) in on the joke

In THUMBSUCKER, Keanu Reeves is (finally) in on the joke

Piecing apart the broader coming-of-age themes in Mike Mills’ THUMBSUCKER may not be a fruitful exercise. I’m not saying the film isn’t worth discussion or parsing; not at all. There’s just a more diplomatic (read: cute) way of celebrating the director’s feature-length debut. Like this: Keanu Reeves plays a New Age orthodontist who, for a change, is in on the joke. Doesn’t that already sound more intriguing?

In THUMBSUCKER, Keanu Reeves is (finally) in on the joke

In THUMBSUCKER, Keanu Reeves is (finally) in on the joke

Piecing apart the broader coming-of-age themes in Mike Mills’ THUMBSUCKER may not be a fruitful exercise. I’m not saying the film isn’t worth discussion or parsing; not at all. There’s just a more diplomatic (read: cute) way of celebrating the director’s feature-length debut. Like this: Keanu Reeves plays a New Age orthodontist who, for a change, is in on the joke. Doesn’t that already sound more intriguing?

Now playing on Sundance Channel: RAISING ARIZONA and delightful directorial debuts

Now playing on Sundance Channel: RAISING ARIZONA and delightful directorial debuts

It’s too darn hot to be outside frolicking — so why not stay inside and enjoy some cool flicks instead? This week we’ve got Nic Cage at his Nic Cagiest and Jack Nicholson at his Jennifer Lopez-iest.