In its review for May, The Digital Fix found the production to be "one of the finest examples of independent American genre filmmaking" and asserted that Faris played her role "with an infectious level of enthusiasm, frequently skirting the border between a believable performance and one that is completely over the top, but always managing to come down on the right side".Later in 2002, she starred alongside Rob Schneider and Rachel Mc Adams in the comedy The Hot Chick, about a teenage girl whose mind is magically swapped with that of a 30-year-old criminal.In 2003, she was "cast last-minute" opposite Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in Sofia Coppola's drama Lost in Translation, where she played an actress promoting an action movie.For the film, Faris, along with her co-stars, received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. was a low-budget indie about several restaurant employees who collectively stave off boredom and adulthood with their antics.After graduating from college, Faris relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.She rose to prominence for her work in comedic roles, particularly the lead part of Cindy Campbell in the Wayans Brothers' Scary Movie films.She enjoyed watching plays and eventually produced her own material in her bedroom with friends who lived in her neighborhood.Faris has said in interviews she often imagined her retainer talking to her, remarking that she would picture herself "on talk shows to talk about [her] talking retainer".
She once described herself as a drama-club "dork", stating that she used to wear a Christmas-tree skirt in school and did not date until senior year.While attending high school, Faris appeared in a frozen yogurt TV commercial.Around this time, "my third or fourth job was a training video for Red Robin, which is a burger chain out West. And I think they still use it", she said in May 2012.In 2009, she appeared in Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel and Observe and Report, and also had voice-over roles in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as Sam Sparks.
She starred and co-produced the feature What's Your Number?
(2011), which was followed by roles in the political satire The Dictator (2012), and the romantic comedy I Give It a Year (2013).