It's not hard to pinpoint reasons why Jennifer Garner is so enjoyable on screen. It could be her comforting spirit, her down to earth vibe, or her acting versatility, but the point is she's pretty much a joy in every project she touches. As Garner returns to her action hero roots in "Peppermint," here are nine movies where Jen Garner won everyone over.
Garner took what could have been a cardboard character and gave her emotional depth. Her portrayal of Vanessa, a suburban wife desperate to become the mother she was meant to be, helped turn "Juno" from just a jokey teen comedy into a heartfelt snapshot of life's unexpected twists.
'Catch and Release '(2006)
"Catch and Release" may have gone under your radar in the mid-aughts, and we don't blame you for missing it. Garner's heartfelt portrayal of a fiancee who loses her husband-to-be makes the otherwise meh movie watchable.
'Danny Collins' (2014)
It's not easy to stand out in a film alongside performance powerhouses like Al Pacino, Annette Bening, and Christopher Plummer but Garner manages to hold her on in the under-the-radar music dramedy.
'13 Going on 30' (2004)
How do you make audiences believe that a tween with a magic dollhouse could transform into the 30-year-old version of herself only to save an entire magazine from extinction and reunite romantically with her childhood best friend? Somehow it's completely plausible when Jen Garner's charming delightful-ness is involved. She made the implausible rom-com an instant classic.
'Catch Me If You Can' (2002)
I'm sure a variety of actresses could have pulled off the bit part of a call girl, but it's nice to know Garner put her sultry spin on the role at the height of her "Alias" success.
'Dallas Buyers Club' (2013)
Jennifer Garner was the perfect choice to play Dr. Eve Saks. The understated strength and palpable sympathy she brought to role was undeniable.
'Love, Simon' (2018)
Jennifer Garner as a compassionate loving mom? Doesn't seem like a stretch... Still, she won audiences over as a bit player in the lauded coming-of-age dramedy about a closeted gay high schooler coming to terms with his sexuality.
'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past' (
True, "Ghosts of Girlfriend's Past" isn't a romantic comedy that demands to be seen. Reviews aside, Garner and McConaughey's chemistry with a dash of Emma Stone's comedic chops and some predictable silliness are the right ingredients for rom-com fun.
'Dude, Where's My Car?' (2000)
You likely forgot that Jennifer Garner played one of those twin girlfriends in "Dude, Where's My Car?" We're here to remind you again and agin. Time for a re-watch, perhaps?