As part of the well-known group in the 2014 comedy This Is Where I Leave You, Byrne played a supporting role. Platonic, which was written by Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller (Friends from College), brings back Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen’s easy-going comedic relationship to make a silly concept funny.
Will and Sylvia are friends who are in their middle years and have had some rough times in the past. Will owns a brewery, and Sylvia is a stay-at-home mom who wants more.
1. The Other Side of the Door
The Other Side of the Door stars Sarah Wayne Callies as a family living an idyllic life abroad until tragedy strikes. Their young son is killed and their grief-stricken mother is told of an ancient temple in India where she can speak to him one last time. But she is warned to never open the door, and when she does, she upsets the balance of life and death.
The movie uses some generic horror tropes, but imaginative FX and genuine (if not always jumpy) scares make this a better-than-expected entry in the genre. It’s also a good showcase for Byrne, who is solid even in this over-the-top setting.
In 2014, Byrne starred alongside Seth Rogen in Neighbors and This Is Where I Leave You. She continues to do TV as well, including the Apple TV show Physical as a 1980s housewife who discovers aerobics.
2. The Girlfriend Experience
The Girlfriend Experience is one of those rare TV series that doesn’t shy away from sex and violence. The Starz drama takes us on a journey of a second-year law student, Christine (played by Riley Keough), who moonlights as a high-end call girl.
The series, co-created by Amy Siemetz and directed by Shane Carruth, is a nail-biting legal thriller that delves into the intersection of capitalism, sex work, and power. It has also proven to be a restless series, shifting gears and casting new lights on Christine’s story each week.
In a time when television is cluttered with Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, Veep, and Orange Is the New Black, The Girlfriend Experience feels fresh and daring. It is the sort of smart, dark drama that we desperately need. This is a must-watch. Check out the trailer below.
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tired of scaring people with his usual bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the king of HalloweenTown, wanders into Christmas Town, where he’s amazed by its bright colors and joyful feel. He tries to bring this new world back to his home, but he makes more of a mess than he intended.
Despite being a spooky, dark film, The Nightmare Before Christmas is known for its upbeat songs (composed by Danny Elfman) and its enchanting characters. Its popularity and acclaim have made it one of the most recognizable animated movies of all time.
Rose Byrne is a multi-talented actress with diverse acting skills and a strong sense of humor. Her roles in Get Him to the Greek, Bridesmaids, Spy, and this year’s This Is Where I Leave You showcase her ability to be funny, serious, or a mix of both.
Physical is a dark comedy that takes place in the 1980s and delves into the fitness craze. It stars Rose Byrne as a woman who has an eating disorder. The show explores family relationships, exes and might-have-beens with great humor.
It reunites Byrne with Bad Neighbors co-star Seth Rogen and is set in a town filled with frat boys who take over a couple’s quiet life with parties and pranks. It’s one of Byrne’s funniest roles.
The third season of Physical premieres August 2 on Apple TV. Zooey Deschanel joins the cast as Kelly Kilmartin, Sheila’s newest rival in the fitness industry. The trailer teases a battle of egos and the series’ final season seems to wrap up Sheila’s story in a satisfying way. It’s a must-see for fans of dark comedies. It also features one of Olivia Newton-John’s hits from the ’80s.
5. The Secret Life of Bees
Rose Byrne has proven her acting range in films that include legal thrillers like Damages, comedies such as Get Him to the Greek, and even horror and superhero movies like Insidious. She also starred in the women-led comedy Bridesmaids and is one of the most talented comedic actresses working today.
The Secret Life of Bees is a cineb movie film adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s novel of the same name. The story follows Lily Owens, who leaves her city job to work for the Boatwright sisters at a beekeeping operation in rural South Carolina. She learns about the complex world of bees and is awed by the community of women that surrounds her, including Rosaleen and her Daughters of Mary.
Byrne portrays Helen with great warmth and depth, which makes her the perfect choice to be Lillian’s new best friend. The movie demonstrates that racism is irrational, and the characters break through stereotypes to give us real people.