Saturday, April 11, 2009

In Praise of Anna Faris...

Anna Faris was simultaneously great as a supremely self-absorbed starlet in Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation and the only reason to endure those execrable Scary Movie movies. She was was the only funny thing about My Super Ex-Girlfriend (her delivery of the banal line "Why did G-Girl throw a shark at us?" is a thing of beauty), and her performance in Smiley Face will in time become the stuff of comedians'-comedian legend. In the meantime, it's one hell of a funny movie.

Sure, that played-for-laughs date rape scene in Observe and Report is way queasy making, but without Faris it would be flat-out repellent. Oh, and she can act: Check out her small but memorable part in Brokeback Mountain.

I don't know why Faris doesn't get the acclaim of Tina Fey or Amy Peohler, but this is my small attempt to celebrate Faris' uniquely warped genius... Let's hear it folks! A big hand for the little lady (seriously -- she's 5'5" tops) whose fearlessness should inspire us all!


Jenn said...

I agree about your comments on Anna Faris, she doesn't get the credit that she deserves. I much prefer her to Fey or Pohler, even though they seem to be able to do no wrong with critics. Maybe Anna will start to get noticed more with "Observe and Report".

Trav28 said...

I have lot of time for Ms Faris, there's something both vulnerable and strong about her character that appeals to the cynic in me.

She also comes across as being very straight forward in interviews.