Ever since she began acting in 1996, Amy Smart’s movies and TV shows have been a huge source of comic relief for viewers looking to watch something with an emphasis on humor. It is beyond amazing to see that the actress has managed to master her performances in this genre as acting was not her first profession of choice. The Los Angeles native, who was raised in Topanga Canyon by her parents, studied ballet for 10 years before moving to Milan, Italy to pursue a modeling career. After a while, she returned to the United States and enrolled in a number of acting classes that helped her get the attention of filmmakers, putting her on the long list of former models who have been able to make a career in acting.
Amy Smart Movies and TV Shows
1. Varsity Blues (1999)
Varsity Blues gets the number one spot due to the fact that it was the project that got the actress widespread recognition. Starring James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, and Scott Caan, the sports comedy-drama film follows a small-town high school football team going through a tumultuous season. The players of the team find themselves battling the pressures of adolescence and their football-obsessed community where the game is a way of life and losing is far from being an option.
Smart plays the role of Jules Harbor, the smart and sassy girlfriend of Van Der Beek’s character, Jonathan “Mox” Moxon, an academically and athletically gifted student who despite his popularity in school is dissatisfied with life. Varsity Blues drew mixed critical reception but was a huge box office success. It raked in $52 million from an estimated budget of $16 million.
2. Rat Race (2001)
Inspired by Stanley Kramer’s classic epic comedy film, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Rat Race is a comedy film that follows the adventure of six teams of people who are given a task of racing 563 miles; from Las Vegas, Nevada to Silver City, New Mexico, where a storage locker at a train station will have a duffel bag filled with $2 million. The first person to reach the locker gets to win and keep the money.
Rat Race features an ensemble cast that includes actors like Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Lovitz, Kathy Najimy, Breckin Meyer, Seth Green, Wayne Knight, and Dave Thomas. Amy Smart plays the role of Tracy Faucet, a helicopter pilot and the love interest of no-nonsense attorney Nick Schaffer, Meyer’s character. While it received mixed reviews from critics, the film was a commercial success, grossing $85.5 million worldwide from a $48 million budget.
3. Road Trip (2000)
Ranking as one of the better projects in the list of Amy Smart movies and TV shows, Road Trip is a road sex comedy film that follows the lives of four college friends that are played by actors Breckin Meyer, Sean William Scott, Paulo Costanzo, and DJ Qualls. The four are forced to embark on an 1800-mile road trip in order to retrieve a sex tape that was mistakenly mailed to one of the character’s girlfriend.
In the film that gave her one of her first lead roles, Smart plays the character of Beth Wagner, the girl that allowed her intercourse with one of the main characters to be videotaped. Road Trip received mixed to average reviews, but was an overwhelming box office success, making $119.8 million from a budget of $16 million.
4. The Butterfly Effect (2004)
As the name of the film suggests in regards to the theory of how one small initial difference can lead to unforeseen but significant change over time, The Butterfly Effect is about a young adult who finds out he can travel back in time to inhabit his younger self. He decides to do this in order to change the present by changing his past behaviors, however, unforeseen and unintended consequences arise as a result of his action.
The Butterfly Effect, which also stars Ashton Kutcher and has Smart playing the role of his childhood sweetheart, Kayleigh Miller, was a commercial success, making $96 million from a budget of $13 million. Critics, however, generally panned it, with a few calling out the film’s interpretation of the butterfly effect theory. On the award front, the film took home the Pegasus Audience Award at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. It further received nominations for Best Science Fiction Film at the Saturn Awards and Choice Movie: Thriller in the Teen Choice Awards.
5. Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Adapted from a 1970s television series of the same name, Starsky & Hutch is a film that functions as a sort of a prequel to the TV series. It is about two streetwise undercover cops in the fictional Bay City, California who are able to catch multiple drug criminals with the help of an underworld boss known as Huggy Bear. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson play the film’s titular characters while actors Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Carmen Electra, and Snoop Dogg also appear in the film.
Amy Smart plays the role of a cheerleader named Holly Monk in the film that received largely positive reviews from critics. Her most notable moment in the film was a kiss that earned her the Best Kiss award at the 2004 MTV Movie Awards.
6. Felicity (1999-2001)
Listed as one of Time magazine’s All-Time 100 Best TV Shows, Felicity is a drama television series that revolves around the college experiences of the title character, Felicity Porter, a Palo Alto, California native that is a student halfway across the country at the University of New York.
Created by J. J. Abrams and Matt Reeves, the series, whose main characters include Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, Amy Jo Johnson, Tangi Miller, and Scott Foley, was nominated for 38 awards during its run on TV. Amy Smart played the recurring role of Ruby, a former girlfriend of Foley’s character, Noel Crane.
7. Smith (2006)
Smith is a television drama series that was created by John Wells and aired on the CBS Network. The show follows a group of professional thieves who struggle to keep their work separate from the rest of their lives. Each episode of the show featured a heist or preparation for one by the thieves as other ongoing subplots examine each member’s double lives and their work to stay ahead of law enforcement officials.
Smart, who had a regular cast role as one of the professional thieves, appeared alongside actors like Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen, Simon Baker, Jonny Lee Miller, Chris Bauer, and Shohreh Aghdashloo. Despite the critical acclaim the show received when it began airing, it was canceled after just three episodes.
8. The Single Moms Club (2014)
Another one of the many films directed, written, and produced by Tyler Perry, The Single Moms Club is an American comedy-drama film that focuses on a group of single mothers who bond and create a support group to discuss their problems even though they are from different walks of life. Their main reason for coming together is as a result of an incident at their children’s school which propels them to look for how to make life better for each and every one of them.
Starring alongside Nia Long, Terry Crews, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Zulay Henao, Cocoa Brown, Perry himself, and Amy Smart plays the character of Hillary Massey in the film. The Single Moms Club received largely negative reviews from critics upon release, however, it turned a profit in the box office, making $16.3 million from an $8 million budget.
9. National Lampoon’s Barely Legal (2003)
National Lampoon’s Barely Legal, also known as After School Special, is a comedy film that follows three male high school students who are obsessed with sex but are unable to get it. Due to their dying want for women, money, and social status, they come up with a plan to make money by selling pornographic videos. They are able to do this by stealing credit card records to pose as adults to buy a web hosting service and by also claiming to be Hawaiians when casting local strippers for the film.
While the budget of the film in which Smart plays a popular character named Naomi is not revealed, the film only made $83,439 at the box office to rank amongst the worst of all Amy Smart movies.
10. The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)
Based on a 1950 letter written by author Neal Cassady to novelist and poet Jack Kerouac, The Last Time I Committed Suicide is a drama film that follows Cassady’s life before and after the suicide attempt by his longtime lover, Joan. It demonstrates Cassady’s ever-changing thoughts and active mind as the film goes back and forth between before and after the attempt.
One of her first movie roles, Amy Smart played the minor role of Jeananne in the film that was a commercial failure but received mixed critical reviews despite its featuring high profile actors like Thomas Jane, Claire Forlani, Adrien Brody, Keanu Reeves, and Gretchen Mol. The independent, limited released film ended up making only $46,362 from a reported budget of $4 million.