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Aniston goes serious again

JenniferAniston.jpgJennifer Aniston can act. I know I'm going to get a lot of flack for saying that and people are going to be up in arms, but pull away all that romantic clap-trap she's been drivelling out and look at something like Derailed (Filmstalker review). Yes, I know the film wasn't well received, but I thought it was very good and her performance was a high point of the film. Actually after that I hoped she would keep going with dramatic roles.

Not so. After the film she turned away from drama and decided to stick with the light hearted money earning roles. Now that might be turning as she joins the film Holler.

The film is inspired by true events and looks at what The Hollywood Reporter describes as "a biracial high school student" - I'm not sure if the student is biracial or the high school is, I think it's the student - who returns to his mother's hometown in Mississippi and promptly falls in love with a white girl which begins to raise problems in the community. The biggest of which is the fact that they can't go together to the segregated prom.

Of course he finds that it's he who is going try and change the town, not only with the prom but the school and the views of the community. Hopefully it won't turn out to be too sickly sweet and solve all the problems with a speech, a sing song, and a realisation that everyone's all human after all. It just doesn't work like that.

Apparently the Dana Adam Shapiro written film was in turnaround but has been rescued and looks set to continue, especially with such a big name cast already.

I have to admit I'm really excited about this prospect for no other reason than we'll get to see Jennifer Aniston doing a strong dramatic role again, something I really hope she keeps up, because that performance in Derailed was one of the best things of her career.



Oddly enough, I watched her in Office Space last night, a d I'd forgotten how good she was in that. I also seem to remember really liking her in The Good Girl. I think that she has the chops, she just chooses films that don't stretch her.

Exactly. I have a quote from her after Derailed where she said she's not going to do any more serious stuff and just go back to the rom-coms. Let's hope that's changing.

Definitely loved Aniston in The Good Girl and Derailed. Why she keeps on doing those rom-com fluff is beyond me.


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