Parks & Rec in Film – Cast Rewind


Parks & Rec has made a bow, but you can still watch your favorite cast members in a number of great films. Here is a list of recommended indies with a few unconventional studio movies tossed-in.

Amy Poehler (Leslie):

Wet Hot American Summer

Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, a group of counselors try to complete their unfinished business before the day ends. Amy is very funny as usual in this loaded cast of future stars.

Amy Poehler - Wet Hot American Summer

Also See: They Came Together

Nick Offerman (Ron) & Megan Mullally (Tammy):


A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober. Aaron Paul tries to cope with his alcoholic wife Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, who are married in real life, play memorable supporting roles.

nick offerman in smashed megan mullally in smashed

Also See: The Kings Of Summer

Aubrey Plaza (April):

The To Do List

Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Klark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall. Fun flick, Aubrey is hilarious and the 80’s production design and music are the icing on the cake.

aubrey plaza in the to do list

Also See: Safety Not Guaranteed

Adam Scott (Ben):

The Vicious Kind

A man tries to warn his brother away from the new girlfriend he brings home during Thanksgiving, but ends up becoming infatuated with her in the process. This is one of the best indie films that most people have not seen and a rare chance to see Adam Scott in a much darker role.

the vicious kind adam scott

Also See: Lovely, Still

Chris Pratt (Andy):


Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. Not really an indie so much, but hey it’s directed by Bennett Miller. Chris plays a small but important role as GM Billy Beane shows his imagination by turning a catcher with a penchant for taking walks into a competent first baseman.

chris pratt moneyball

Also See: Zero Dark Thirty

Rashida Jones (Ann):

Celeste And Jesse Forever

A divorcing couple tries to maintain their friendship while they both pursue other people. This movie is a mixed bag, there are some really funny scenes but it doesn’t come together overall. Nonetheless it is worth a watch and Rashida is the Co-Writer and Exec Producer.

celeste and jesse

Rob Lowe (Chris):

I Melt With You

When four 40-something college friends meet up for their annual reunion, things start to spiral out of control, and a pact they made as young men is revisited. Lowe is part of this haze of drugs and violence, the movie is ok, more of a guilty pleasure.


Aziz Ansari (Tom):

Funny People

When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship cause him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act. Aziz features his character ‘Randy’ that helped his career take-off, watch his comedy special for a perfect double-feature.

aziz ansari funny people

Also See: Aziz Ansari Comedy Special: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening

Paul Schneider (Mark):

All The Real Girls

Small-town love story of a young man with a reputation for womanizing and his best friend’s sister. If you haven’t seen David Gordon Green’s second feature, then you are missing out on one of the best indies of the 2000s. The cast includes a number of discoveries including Zooey Deschanel, Shea Whigham and Danny McBride.

all the real girls

Also See: Lars and the Real Girl

Jim O’Heir (Jerry):

Life After Beth

A young man’s recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her. Oh Jerry, this is really just an excuse to plug another Aubrey Plaza movie, but Jim O’Heir does appear as a mailman!

Jim oheir life after beth

Donna Meagle (Retta):

Struggled to find films for Donna, but she is awesome at live-tweeting TV shows, definitely worth a follow.

Follow Donna Meagle on Twitter @unfoRETTAble


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