Jennifer Aniston's box office blues
August 23rd, 2010
10:44 AM ET

Jennifer Aniston's box office blues

Despite complimentary reviews, Jennifer Aniston’s newest flick, “The Switch,” only earned about $8 million at the box office.

The film’s shoddy opening weekend led several media outlets to pose questions like, “Jennifer Aniston: Exactly why is she a movie star?” and “Why don’t Jennifer Aniston’s friends help her more at the box office?”

Even ESPN got in on the action when columnist Bill Simmons dissected each of Aniston’s past flops, proposing that the only reason the former “Friend” is still making movies is because of her love triangle with Brangelina.

“Aniston resonates with women like no other celebrity,” Simmons writes. “No matter how wealthy or famous or good-looking she is, the nuts and bolts of Aniston’s 'tragic' story could have happened to anyone.”

Aniston’s last movie, “The Bounty Hunter,” fared better at the box office, raking in about $21 million its opening weekend in March. “Love Happens,” however, only brought in about $8.4 million when it opened in September 2009.

So why aren’t her movies resonating with audiences?

“Aniston may have a limited range, but in edgier movies like ‘Office Space,’ ‘The Good Girl’ and ‘Friends with Money,’ she flourished by leaving her comfort zone,” Rob Shuter of PopEater writes. “Jen needs to get the hell out of the romantic comedy world of ‘Love Happens,’ ‘He’s Just Not That Into You,’ ‘The Bounty Hunter’ and ‘The Switch.’ ”

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    April 5, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |

    midnight everyone

    April 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. agreed...the woman fails after all her chances...time for a change folks.

    bye jen

    April 5, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Margaret Smith

    Agreed. Jennifer does not have the personality either - which is a big problem in the industry...her movies have always help others in "need".....thanks ms. vega

    April 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Louise vega

    Jennifer aniston is mediocre at best. But America loves mediocrity. Someone said it best, when they said if she walked down the street, no one would even notice. The one thing that Jennifer does have is like ability. That's why she got away with making so many bad movies. She has been given chance after chance. She really is a lousy actress's. I would be embarrassed to take all the money she makes

    April 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jen is having the 2 phone blues tonight....

    Rock on: Madge

    April 5, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |

    O-qe7x4Q,, smartphones,

    October 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SKY


    September 5, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Marc Cabrerra

      Angelina way, way better actress than Jennifer. Jennifer should go work for soaps.

      November 19, 2013 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ziggy

    Geez, I thought I was the only one who thought Jennifer Aniston was a bad actress. Every once in awhile, one of her sad and predictable movies show up on tv and I watch just long enough & hope I can catch her actually acting. I get disappointed every time. She knows how to keep herself relevant in the media game and uses the paparrazi brilliantly, even though it's all silly fluff. She's always photographed in a bikini and yes, she looks marvelous for her age. But looking marvelous isn't enough for me to spend my hard earned, gas money and driving to spend time being bored to tears with one of her banal performances. She is one dimensional and not very talented. She does not entertain. Her interviews are boring and she's a boring actress. How can anyone blame her for collecting big paychecks for mediocre work? Buck for buck, Angellina Jolie kicks butt and delivers. There is no comparison between Jennifer and Angelina. Jen is a kindergarten kid acting in a school play while Angie is a thespian with dynamic acting chops.

    September 4, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SKY


    September 3, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Katrina

    I can't believe that people are comparing Aniston's movie career with Angelina's and Brad's. Seriously? There's no comparison. Where are her Oscar nominations? Wins? And before anyone mentions her TV wins, let's not forget that Angelina won several herself.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MAJ

    Considering Jennifer Aniston's limited acting range, she is very fortunate to have had a movie career. It is a shame that actors who are more credible can not have the opportunities as she. Gosh! Whoever you are stop producing her movies. Stop it please. We cannot take it anymore. She had her run, let her stop the movies and maybe get involved with a television project. I personally could not see why she was popular the "Friends."

    September 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SHY


    September 1, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MzDez

    Jennifer Aniston is a mediocre actress at best. She was decent in Office Space and Derailed, but has played the same exact character in every other movie I've seen her is. Hollywood gambled that she could make the transition from small-screen star to matinee idol and they lost the bet. Enough already with the romantic comedies; it's time for Jen to return to sitcoms.

    September 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mom of a DS girl

    Will never spend any money directly or indirectly on someone who says she dresses up like a "retard". She needs to take time off and get some education and stop focusing on her less important matters in her llife.

    September 1, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  16. Lulu

    Angelina can knock Aniston into oblivion and many millions will cheer....poor Jen blames Angie for everything and takes NO responsibility for the failure of her marriage....really, how victim like....then trashes Brad for lacking a sensitivitiy chip when she can think the word retard is's not and neither is she....watching Friends reruns is worse than medieval tortore....thinking about her only makes me yawn.......

    August 31, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Whit

    I can't say I know anyone who is really a Jennifer Aniston fan.

    August 31, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  18. Yasmine

    The only reason why she became an "A-list" actress is because she was linked to Brad. Plain and simple. The moment Brad stepped away, her career sank! And I bet the only reason why she went with Brad was because she knew he would help her career. The only reason why people go to see her movies is because of her co-star or because they like how she looks....not because she can act. I can't wait for the day that Hollywood realizes this and stops giving her movie deals.

    August 31, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  19. Jana

    No other socalled 41.5 year old AList actress (which she has never been and never will be ) or celebrity has milked a 6 year old childless divorce for PR like she has, even though she herself said that her ex was not the love of her life. She is Rachel Green no matter what role she is playing, even though she has had an acting coach for over 20 years who is on every set holding her hand. She does the same hair flipping in every film. She gives the most inarticulate interviews ever revealing how shallow she is. She is unpleasant to film crews, only interacting with those she considers on her level of fame, got upset when Disney refused to do retouches of her in the Switch saying all the the budget had been exhausted. Anyone who buys her highly paid bulldog publicist's carefully constructed public image is woefully ignorant. SHE CANNOT ACT FOR SQUAT. Stop blaming screenplays or anything else, truth is SHE CANNOT ACT FOR SQUAT. For me her constant whining of poor little me is disgraceful. I will never pay to see any film with her in it.

    August 30, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  20. andy

    I want to know where is she now after The Switch flop, she hides that is all she does when her movies flop, but as soon as she is ready for a new release their she is out promoting. Where was she when she said the "R" word if I was Jennifer, I would had made an apology on national tv, so even if my movie flop but I showed remorse and a good role model for facing people the were hurt by bad choices of words, but she instead went into hiding from the world, and is hoping every one will forget about everything and return to seeing her movies.

    August 30, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Danny

    We're just not that into her....

    August 29, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  22. blanche herself

    she's just not relevant anymore. who cares what movies she makes, why she can't find a man to stick with her and what her psychological problems are? Life is tough enough for all of us–why doesn't she do something for humanity (like Pitt, Penn, etc.) instead of needing the spotlight on her pity? she sure as heck has enough money to do SOMETHING!

    August 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Zayrina

    I never watched Friends but usually manage to see Jen's movies, I am just not a big movie-goer and tend to wait for the dvd release. I hope she can pick a winner and give her career a boost. Maybe it's time for some new representation Jen.

    August 28, 2010 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  24. Joha

    Jennifer Aniston is just a poor to average actress, quite boring to watch... Never quite got all the buzz around her... And I don;t even consider her pretty in the conventional way, just average...

    August 26, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  25. JC

    Jennifer Aniston has never been a movie star. She is famous for her boobs and her butt. I've seen several of her films. They all sucked. She should get a life, get married and become a mother.

    August 25, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yasmine

      Famous for her boobs and butt????!!!! SHE HAS NONE!!!!! She's like an A-cup. Kim K. and J. Lo have butts and boobs....Aniston does not.....

      August 31, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Yasmine

      ...and she had her chance at being a wife and mother. Brad wanted kids before he even met her, yet the moment she married him she signed movie deal after movie deal. She put fame and fortune over her husband and family. How sad is that?!?! She deserved all that has happened to her since Brad got smart and left her for someone who cares for things more than just herself...someone who makes a difference.

      August 31, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  26. andy

    I think what effect the movie was the fact that she had stated women don't need a man to have a child, that is true and false because you still need the mans sperm to have a child but you can raise the child on your own, then second she stated on national TV the "R" word ok maybe to many it no big deal but to the familes that has families with intellectual needs that is an insult and disrespect to people with needs. I really think this is what cause a low audiences for the switch then her same acting skill and talent never change, along with her same image. She serious needs to change the way she acts for movies because each movie is of a different character, not the same like she is so used of doing. I can tell you one she always does, is the hair flipping, and mouth open and grasping, tired of that, that is way I don't go see any of your movie anymore. I am done with her.

    August 25, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  27. SKY


    August 25, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • carmen

      What crap

      August 28, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Yasmine

      Oh give me a break!?! She deserved all that and more. It's not murder. What SHE did to that was wrong. She knew he wanted a family and kids and all she did was make movies. She is so selfish. All she cares about is herself. For years she's been hinting at wanting kids. Guess what?! She doesn't have any!!! If she truly wanted one, she'd have one by now. Instead, she just keeps focusing on herself. She did not come out smelling like a rose. She came out smelling like anything but. She used Brad just to move ahead in her career. I can't wait for her to stop making movies and just hide from Hollywood.

      August 31, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  28. Deborah

    Why is every one wanting to dump on this great actress, yes she ends up in more movie roles that the movies are just no good, but so does Drew Barrymore and several others, but she is a great actress, she just picks the wrong roles to play. She needs to be more choosy about her movie choices. The critics said that "Derailed" was no good, and i disagree, i think it was a great movie, and Aniston played a great role, non comedy, a role completely out of her norm and she was fabulous at it, like so many other celebrities i think they just want to work as much as possible and if the movie is a hit great and if it's not, oh well, they still get a paycheck. The sad part is these movie companies keep putting out these bogus movies over and over, when the writers can write better scripts then maybe we will all be more satisfied with our actors. Jen is a great actress, movie or tv, and so is many others whom fall into this trap. Drew has many flops also. Tha'ts just the way the cookie crumbles, don't hold it against her, she didn't write it, she just got paid to play a part.

    August 25, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  29. annie

    This bimbo can't act, she talks and acts like a 15 year old, and is still playing the "poor-pity-me" victim. Go figure!!!

    August 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Dawn Davis

    I never respond to these posts but this one I can't resist. As I am reading this, I am wondering how many people who are writing actually saw "The Switch." I haven't seen but a few Jennifer Anniston films but this one was definitely her best acting job. The script was far more clever than any Romantic Comedy. I think it shouldn't have been marketed for the masses. It was more of a smaller market audience. As I sat in the theater the audience didn't get some of the moments. They laughed in one of the saddest scenes of the movie. The actors eyes were filled with tears and they were laughing, maybe it's just the town I live in. I thought this was very clever, and she is getting better with age. Maybe the critics giving it great reviews but the average Joe not liking it will actually help her with some street cred. People just want larger than life moments all the time. She has a realness about her and she has a quick wit. Not everyone appreciates that, but unfortunately everyone loves the internet so they can just sit back and criticize everyone. You should take an acting class it's not as easy as it looks.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  31. Mary

    Seems like a bunch of Jen haters is only commenting on something they thinks is a flop and maybe you guys need to get some help for Angelina so leave her alone. It's not about the ranking and more of the storyline that relates to real people who know when a person is fake so i would rather hang out with Rachel Green than a woman who loves playing roles with guns and things they no nothing about in real life.

    August 24, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Rita in Maine

    So many of you have gotten it correct. No real talent other than being Rachel. Not a classic beauty, if she walked down the street without her make-up and other A-list friends, no one would notice her. Friends was a popular teens/20 something hit, but that time is gone. Someone said she didn't want media attention re her divorcee, come now. It was she who went on all the talk shows to tell us all about it. If she had not commentted and stayed "mum" on the subject like the Jolie/Pitts did her "fame" would have faded fast, she should thank them for keeping her in the news.

    Some one already said real actor/actresses change for parts and become the part, maybe those movies aren't always the biggest money makers but they are fantastic preformances and show real acting ability. Like many "celebrities" today getting in magazines and "E" TV are more important then real acting ability. Aniston was a cute, girl next door, character, but as someone else already said she is "over" she is not 20 or even 30 anymore an those parts are best left to the new cute crowd.

    Not defending Angelina, but the women has more depth, acting ability and human side than Jennifer Aniston. Who would you like to have a conversation with, Jen or Angie? If you want to talk, hairdressers, make-up folks and the best diet, and why aren't there any interesting men out there, it would be Jen. If you wanted to talk about what we can do to help people of the world and having tolerance for others different from ourselves, what's going on in the world beyond my circle of friends, it would be Angelina.

    Let's face it, if Jennifer Ainston's Dad had not been in TV and she had not been in the "right place" at the "right time" the world would have had another cute girl for Rachel.

    August 24, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ScottyBeamMeUp

      Rita: Good way to sum up all the comments. I have one more reason to dislike her. She refused to give back the borrowed jewels that a jeweler loaned her for the Emmys one year. When he asked for them back, Jen' publicist fired off a snotty letter to him, stating that "Miss Aniston and FRIENDS do not patronize jewelers who ask for their jewelry back." So this guy had to absorb a $100,000 loss, and I'm sure neither Jen nor Courtney nor the other gal ever bought anything from this poor guy. And Jen was making $1M per week. One of the many reasons I'm sure Brad left. She's too self-absorbed.

      August 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  33. pj

    yes jennifor dont have to sorry for saying the r word its a free country and she doesnt have to say sorry to nobody at all i wish people mind their own f busy. its noone business at all. pj.

    August 24, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  34. liz lynx

    never watched any of her movies and never will. shes an actress? she always seems the exact same, just saying different lines. who cares if she was married to pitt. im divorced. can i make a stupid movie? she needs to go away.
    the funny thing is she takes herself seriously!!!

    August 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 23, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  36. beth

    I wouldn't see any movie she is in because I don't like her politics and all the horrible, nasty comments she has made over the years about Bush and conservative valuess, about men and developmentally disabled persons. Just this week she had two gaffes, her "men are unnecessary" comment and her "retard" comment From friends in the industry that have had to work on movies with her I've heard she is shallow, self-absorbed, snotty and full of herself – extremely unfriendly. Yeah, I sure want to support someone like that!

    August 23, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Sharon O

    It is not just Jennifer Aniston, like most actresses, she has been pigeon-holed into the tired Romantic Comedy genre. I am a woman and I hate these movies because they are the same script all the time – 1) girl meets boy; 2) they can't stand each other @ first then they end up hopelessly in love; 3) boy (or girl) has terrible secret, illness or both - about 1/2 way through the movie, the other finds out the secret and leaves the relationship; 4) after some prodding from their best friends, they make their way back to each other and live happily ever after. Whatever - I wish Hollywood would give this genre a rest for a while. What happened to the actress we saw in 'The Good Girl'? That is the Jennifer Aniston I would pay to see.

    August 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Amanda

    The only decent movies shes played in were Hes just not that into you an Derailed..where she played a phys-co..

    August 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Liz

    She was boring in Friends, boring in all the movies she has done and probably is just as boring in real life. I think she plays herself . Her fear of gaining weight is probably what kept her from having kids with her husband. He moved on and she is still dating everyone she is in a movie with but holds onto no one. She's just too needy. Angelina was not the problem, she was.

    August 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Enough Chances . . .Next

    There are so many more talented actresses it does annoy me that Jennifer keeps getting chance after chance. She has just nevr evolved as an acotr and I'm not so sure she really cares about the craft. After all these years it seems pretty obvious all she wants to be is a movie STAR!
    I saw The Switch advertised on TV constantly for at least 3 weeks and Jennifer was everywhere on the tube and on the internet promoting this movie starting 3 weeks before it opened. They spent a lot of money and effort marketing this. The studio is just trying to spin this bomb into an unbomb.

    The poor distribution company who bought the distribution rights for $16 million isn't going to get back its investment. Forget the production costs – they are lost forever because I don't even seeing this doing well in home entertainment with that very favorable cost/profit.

    August 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Stephanie

    She is the same character in every movie. Why pay to see that?

    August 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Kara

    She cannot act and is annoying. That is why see cannot find a man.

    August 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Got Yah!

    I wish the same loons will not post over and over again about how bad Jen

    August 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  44. kitty

    Jennifer keeps on going even when the times get tough. She is extremely funny and I think she works well in TV. Movies not so much but I 'm a jen fan so what ever..

    August 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • andy

      Kitty, JENNIFER, can't take the heat, more so in tough times as I stated, after she said the "R" word, and The Switch bomb, she completely got lost from the media, as if went into hiding, why face the tough times that you made yourself, I really thing had she not open her second grade mouth, she would had not had a bad movie opening I don't think a great one, but not as bad as it was. Jennifer can't face when she is a failure, and I can only imagine her hiding at home crying. Not like Sandra Bullock she face everyone with a straight face, she is a real women, and Tigar Wood wife Elle she is one of kind, she does not pitty herself, she moves on, unlike Jennifer I really feel sorry for her, she wanted pitty she got it.

      August 30, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patsy

      Thanks alot – your answer solved all my poblrmes after several days struggling

      May 2, 2011 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  45. Queenie

    With the number of Rachel Greene spin-off roles she's done and including her years with "Friends" you would think she'd be doing a better job at this. She needs a new manager and needs to begin trying something new. How about playing a role of a 40 something instead of a broken hearted, unlucky at love 30 something?

    August 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Sharon

    For all of you who are spitting hate & garbage, one question. If you can not stand Jennifer and hate her movies and have nothing good to say about her, Why did you click on her name here, why not go to something you were interested in?????

    August 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Ben Crampton

    I'm out of tp at my house. If she wants to come over and lick my crack its cool. Her face looks like shes done that many many times already

    August 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Carlos

    I ask my wife the same question all the time. "Why is she cast in movies?" They are always the same and nobody watches them. You'd think a PG-13 rom-com would do great at the box office but it only made less than $10 mil? Ouch. How is she even a movie star?

    August 23, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Angel Flores

    The box office numbers don't lie. The only scary thing is that there are that many insipid people in the World that actually went to see her movies!! Did no one not notice her long face!? There is something off about it....She is one butt ugly woman. Sorry Jennifer lovers ..not really..get some damn glasses.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  50. socalgal

    Truth is Jen Aniston is a mediocre actor. The studios keep marketing her as if the women in America are so pathetic as to wallow in the demise of the Aniston/Pitt marriage. Obviously the box office receipts should clearly deliver our message: as women, we won't let the studio heads continue to exploit a long dead marriage. It's high time everyone move on–Brad's been long, long gone.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Josh

    I agree w/ almost everyone here! Jennifer Aniston has no range and mediocre acting skills at best. I'm tired of of the same look, the same sound, etc. I have to defend Angelina though, yes she dominates the female action star genre, but she can act. She's been very good in roles other than the "action" star like A Mighty Heart, The Changeling & Girl, Interupted which she won an Oscar for. Please don't compare the two. Jennifer is famous for a sit-com and Angelina is famous because she is a "movie star".........

    August 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Christi more Jennifer Aniston movies...I wish her the best...but she needs to take a break from acting...maybe directing

    August 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Robin

    She was fine for a lame sitcom but she is no movie star. And trying to stay relevant by mimicking Barbara Streisand in a photo shoot? Blech!

    August 23, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Deni

    She is not interested in being a good actress just a celebrity. She was going there in the Good Girl but we really got to see just how homely she is and that all stopped. The only thing that saved her lame movie career at all was the Brad sympathy which she is still working. It goes like this. Angelina (or Brad) has a new movie coming out ((or baby) and Jennifer poses nude, is seen with her fake boyfriends, seen at a pool with her butt up in the air, does the talk show circuit etc etc. She doesn't even try to act. She walks through all her movies with same hair, cute outfits, and a an air like she is doing us all a big favor. She has zero range, forget character development, never connects with the costar, and is pushing the envelope at 41 trying to play a "girl." Go to the video store. There are movies that went straight to video. Her thing is just promotion no substance. Try as hard as she can there is nothing there.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Julie

    I like Jen as a personality; however, she isn't edgy and doesn't do anything to change her look, style, "cast-type" in any movie. Think of the most successful actresses– they cut, curl, die their hair– add weight, lose weight, etc.... they are so versatile. We've all seen "friends" Jen- and that is all we keep seeing.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Elizabeth

    She's the queen of "Romantic comedy". I'm not a Jennifer Anniston fan at all and don't consider her a good acrtress.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth she is no Barbra Streisand, she's just playing dress-up.l

      August 23, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Will

    Perhaps we have been conditioned to seeing her on the small screen. If only Ivan Pavlov were still alive.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Suz

    Jen Aniston is cute, but she's utterly boring and predictable. She's the same now as she was 10 years ago. Same hair, same types of movies, same types of characters. No one's seeing this movie because we've seen it all before–several times.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Calalily

    Looking at the picture posted for this article, I don't know why. Her hair is awful as it is grown out from coloring, a good three inches and ratty looking at the the back of her head. Can't she afford a good hair stylist or at least a touch-up? Good Grief! At least try to look like a glamorous star when you go out.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  60. CLM

    She is just not a good actress either in TV or especially the movies. None of her movies have ever made any money. Even though Gerard Butler is my fave, I still didn't go see the movie because of her. Same whiny voice, same hair no acting chops. Way overrated – no range.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Nancy

    she's getting too old to keep playing a sweet young thing nor does she do a good job at it.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      She is not playing a sweet young thing here in the Switch, or some of her other movies. So it only proves that you have not really seen any of her recent films, to make your statement valid.

      August 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Peonu

    only one thing good about her....MILF.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  63. girlfeathers

    And I know this is about Aniston and I wanted to avoid comparing her with Jolie because I'm not sure why people do this - they're so different. The roles they play are very different. If it weren't for the whole Brad Pitt thing, people would not be comparing these two performers.

    That being said, I am completely sick of Jolie as well. I have a hard time bringing myself to see her films, and then it's oh, look - it's Angelina Jolie. Makes it difficult to suspend disbelief, to be sure.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  64. DK

    She is not a good actress. She's not even that attractive. I don't get why she's a "star".

    August 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  65. JS

    She would never dream of cutting her hair for a part or looking unattractive and that is her downfall. Way too vain to be an A list star. And she is Rachel in every movie. She'll never carry a movie on her own. She needs to learn a lesson from David Caruso...don't bite the hand that feeds you and go back to TV.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  66. girlfeathers

    I really enjoyed her in "Office Space" and "The Good Girl." I haven't yet seen "Friends with Money," though I'd like to see it. I should have watched it when it came out, though, before I was sick to death of this lady. Overexposure is a problem here, I think. I'm always disappointed when the new magazines come out and she is featured on several covers. I'd like to see some other performers for a change. Someone relevant. I have to admit I haven't seen most of her films. When I see that she's in a film, I generally avoid it. Just worn out on this lady. I think it'd be awesome to see a trailer for something starring Aniston and find it compelling enough to go see the film. It could happen, but not likely if it's a rom-com AGAIN. Really sick of hearing about her personal life. The more we, the audience, have to hear about an actor, the less they are able to be a character on screen. It's just like, oh look - it's so-and-so again.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Joe

    Mess with O'Reilly and this is what happens!

    August 23, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • LPW


      August 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • BB

      That IS funny – especially since her response made him look like the fool he is. I'm not a fan of either but I had to give her credit for responding with logic and class.

      August 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • O'Reilly Who?

      Actually he looks like a fool after Jen's comments. I wonder if this is the reason why most Republicans did not go to her (Joke) I'm a republican, but I like Jen..she has talent and I love her movies...and the Switch too. To each his own actually, and I don't consiered this movie a flop considering the number of theaters it's on.

      August 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Val-NYC

    I like Jennifer Anistan and enjoyed "The Switch", but normally will not go see her flix because they all seem so vapid. I wish she would take a leap of faith and change her hair style and acting roles. I think she has the ability to change her career for the better. Justin Bateman saved this movie...

    August 23, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  69. boocat

    This chick cannot act. She always looks the same and sounds the same. She should just stick to the small screen. The only reason the media follows her is because Brad Pitt dumped her for Angelina Jolie.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Tyler

    There are a lot of actors that pretty much play the same character (ie Ben Stiller). It just seems she picks really bad movies. Of course, a big box office does not mean good acting or a good movie, as I'm sure you all know.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Anonymous


    August 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yah right!

      Trashing Jen, and promoting Angies movie!! Realllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyy? Angie is not even good to be that would be her other flops coming to a theater near

      August 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  72. donnamae

    Jennifer Aniston is a bad actress, I simply cannot go to a movie and watch the main actress old enough to be somebody's grand-mama ( 41+) pull and tug at her golden locks like a sixteen year old, it makes you sick! Another one of Jennifer Anistons on screen habit is opening her mouth like a fish with a Betty Boop scream, disgusting! Even in simple interviews she does these silly things unconsciously I guess if she could control these two things I could sit through one of her movies. Not only that she is over exposed, let me be seen like Angie at premiers, copies of Angies clothes, too much already, she has worn out her welcome mat!!

    August 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Susan - Canada

    I saw her on Regis and Kelly last week and she has 2 more movies in the she will be on the big screen at least a couple more times this year or next year and they will probably bomb or maybe not, but I doubt she cares, because she will be walking away with millions.

    She'll probably end up doing what a lot of actors are now doing and that is returning to the small screen and be very successful, as many of them now are. Television has revived many a career!

    August 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  74. OneAmerican

    I think she should take on an action type movie, like Wonder Woman, or something like the Scarlett Johannsen role in Iron Man 2 to be in a huge box office hit type of thing, then buld from that. If she can't pull that off, she might as well find some TV show, or small movie parts.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan - Canada

      I doubt she is offered these kinds of roles....looks like she is only offered romantic comedies. Maybe, she needs a new agent.

      August 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marisa

      It would be very interesting to see her in something requiring lots of stunt action and with a tinge of darkness to the character. They should change her look dramatically for the part, too – forget about the tanned California girl look for once. She's certainly fit enough to take on such a role and if she dug deep enough, I think she could surprise a lot of people – including herself. You know, I think everyone would turn out to see her in something like that.

      August 23, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Sam

    Jennifer Aniston is a glorified sitcom star from the 1990s, when we glorified sitcom stars. Then she married Brad Pitt and moved up to the social A-list. An already rich and famous tv star marries a huge movie superstar. When she and Brad split, everyone felt bad for her. The combination of pity and the seemingly natural graduation from popular tv show to silver screen explains her movie career, but does not justify it. In the golden age of cinema in the 40s and 50s, movie stars didn't come from television sets. There was more mystery and allure. The women were also classically pretty, not new-age-tennis star girl-next-door like Aniston and her chiseled square jaw (no doubt due to maintaining a weight just under what would be healthy). Since she's such an unlucky plain Jane gal, her movies, which are as plain and dumb as she is, fail miserably. Yet her projects keep getting the green light. How many times does someone have to fail before they get fired or go into exile? If this were Main Street, we'd all be fired already. With MGM in the red and other studios struggling, which drunk executive keeps OK'ing her little ditty-doo chick flicks? Sooner or later, Aniston will have lost more than just a hunky husband.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Gore's Therapist

    She's the Sarah Palin of movies.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  77. davetharave

    In addition to everything written here she just is making too many movies. Who wants to see the same person (ANY person) again and again. It's boring and tiresome. Going to the movies today costs a lot more then even 5 years ago and poeple have less disposable income, they're thinking twice about what they go see.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  78. zalisa

    And to those who defend her or think she is a good actress out of pity for Brad, has ANYONE ever thought that perhaps, just maybe, there were reasons why he wanted to be with someone who had a bit more emotional depth than who he was married to?

    August 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • LPW

      I assume you are a friend of Angie's, since you fancy yourself qualified to speak on her emotional depth. Anyhoo, I highly doubt that emotional depth was the attraction.

      August 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Jason

    Yeah, but the edgier stuff didn't make any money either.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Cannondaler

    Isn't it because her movies are all the same and she cranks them out about 3 or 4 a year? All she does is light-hearted romantic comedies, perhaps with a little fluffy adventure thrown in.......but pretty much always the same. That plus she always looks the same as well.........any chance for a new 'do anytime soon? (shoulda seen her on Leno recently with a big cow-lick up the back side of her head.........some hairdresser lost her job for that one I dare say).
    And as far as the Branjelie triangle goes......what was with the "Architectural Digest" photo shoot she had done? Just happens to be Mr. Pitt's favourite he opens up his new issue and there she is........subtle, real subtle.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  81. zalisa

    Having NEVER seen Friends, I can't comment on her acting on television, however, she never 'acts' in the films she is in, she simply shows up and reads the lines in front of her, leaving it up to the audience to create her character, since essentially she has none....the ONLY thing I liked her in was Marley and Me, and simply put, it was because of Owen Wilson and the dog.....

    August 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  82. kh

    Maybe she could get some acting lessons from Gary Oldman.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • I think...

      She can probably teach Angelina how to do a comedy. She is good at what she does, and a great actress in my opinion.

      August 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  83. SD_CD

    Not sure who alll these people are who feel qualified to judge someone's acting skills. Jen is great (Marley & Me, Along Came Polly), etc. Yes, she does play basicalyl the same role in every movie, but it's probably all she's being offered.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Geo In TO

    Time for her to retire from the movies, she loses more money for the producers than she earns for them.

    Anyway, just give her her own Reality TV show ... about how she's already middle-aged, no kids, and can't seem to keep a boyfriend, or something along those lines.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • No Way!

      If I were Aniston, she should do and continue what she enjoys of doing. Ignore the haters, they don't really watch her movie anyway. All they want to do is just follow her on all the blogs, and spout hatred and trashed her. All the things they say doesn't even make sense. just made it up or based it in gossip sites and magazines. She should focus on the people that really love and enjoy watching her. Thiis haters just want her to fail, and then boost their idol who are talentless and bore to watch.

      August 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Boof

    I just had a ham sandwich for lunch.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Carroll

    First of all, I feel people are making movies for her. She can't act and I never watched "Friends". On the Switch, I didn't see any reason any real man would want to watch this or any movie she is in. Her films are for woman anyway, soft and no action. Whoever is dreaming that she or anyone like her could bring in box office is a joke in my eyes.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • OK

      You are actually assuming that all romantic comedies are just that, and for women only. TheSwitch is actually focused on the man which is the role of Jason Bateman. The plot of the story is more of the man and the son relationship, so this movie is quite refreshing to the usual comedies I've seen before...which makes it absolutely good to watch with all the family members.

      August 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Sharon

    I think most of you have forgotton the rules of movie making. You actually have to have role offered to you by some studio before you can quarrel with the movies Jennifer chooses. She probably picks the ones she likes best out of what was offered to her. A reminder to those that suggest she rode on Brad's fame, she had been on Friends a number of years before Brad and was very popular and would probably have been offered roles no matter what. I don't really care for Brad Or Angelina acting either, but I think mostly because they choose boring roles. I do like romantic comedies and will continue to watch.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • kh

      If you think about it there weren't many movies where Brad played someone besides Brad either. The only movie I can think of that he really stretched was Twelve Monkeys.

      August 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Chester

    I don't know anything about her acting but I did do her in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  89. 3putter

    Jennifer in a rom-com is like watching Angelina in another action flick. Stop!

    August 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Kim

    I avoid her movies because most of them suck. I am sick of her playing the dumped, single woman. She plays the same type of character in every movie. If she would broaden her horizons a bit she would be more likeable as an actress. She is absurdly overpaid, over-rated and I'm just kind of sick of her.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Arrrgghhh!!!

    Anyone that doesn't like Jen's movie, doesn't really like her.. PERIOD. They are the first one who love to scream first her movie flops, when it actually it is not. Love to spread lies about Jen, without even knowing the facts. So yah! they are all over the blogs, and is spreading like

    August 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Tony

    She is a BAD actress plain and simple. No one is interested in her. Hollywood has been shoving her (and the rest od those pathetic "Friends" people down our collective throats for over a decade – they don't seem to get it – no one really likes her or cares about any of them.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  93. PoorJen

    I would have seen the movie if Angelina was in it....

    August 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • KC

      Why so you can see Angelina play the same role over and over again? All she does is "try" to be the action chick. And all these folks out here saying she should be something different, let's see you get up in front of a camera and do a better job. If you don't like Jennifer Aniston then why read articles about her, why go to her movies, why waste your time even thinking about her?

      August 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  94. The Switch

    Ths movie has a different switch to the usual romantic comedy that Jen did before. You can easily tell the plot of the story, but you can't really see what is the moral lesson behind it ..if you don't actually see the movie. I love it, and I think the weekend opening of 8.1 million is decent enough for a 2,012 theaters.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Kath

    Plain and simple – Aniston is NOT a good actress. "Friends" was one of TV's most over rated shows. It was insipid, not funny at all, and a waste of time. Aniston cannot act. I could hardly stomach her in "Bruce Almighty", one of my favorite movies. I cannot watch her movies because she cannot act her way out of a wet paper bag. She is one of those who was at the right place at the right time. Why movie studios and directors cast this woman is beyond me.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Dangz!

    Brad is non-existent and irrelevant this days, so why the loons still insist that Brad is the one who brought her fame? She is already famous before meeting Brad, and she is still today after divorcing him. I think loons just keep dragging Brad's name on Jen's blog..just to make him relevant again.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • BB

      You are forgetting that she was no where close to the fame of super star Brad Pitt. I have nothing against her but most ppl didn't know much about her till Brad.

      August 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  97. w8isgr8

    I think she is beautiful and I find her more interesting than Angelina Jolie; however I don't want to watch a movie I can already predict. Guy likes girl, they are just friends, he decides he wants more, can't tell her, so he switches sperm, doesn't tell her, then decides to tell her when the kid is like 5, she gets mad, but then has some heartwarming talk w/ someone and decides to give it a try...role credits.
    It's boring.

    It's not Jennifer Aniston; it's the movies she is doing.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Geezzz!

    Sorry folks lots of typo today. It is only in 2,012 theaters I mean. You can just check it in Boxofficemojo to those that are curious.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Jen

    She shouldn't be portraying roles that she can't relate to – i.e. being a mom. I gave Marley and Me a chance since I loved the book so much. Totally unbelievable acting (Owen Wilson too), totally butchered the relevance of the book. Maybe she should wait until she is a mom to play one! Totally overrated, please spend your money elsewhere – by seeing an Aniston flick, you will just encourage more of the same!

    August 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max

      So you are saying.....she has to BE a mom to play one? Does that mean Michael C hall is actually a serial killer because he convincingly plays one on 'Dexter'? It's called acting, it's not real life.

      I like Jennifer but I do hope she gets the opportunity to play more diverse characters. I bet she would surprise some folks if given the chance. (i.e. The Good Girl)

      August 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Lee

    She is ONLY as famous as she is because of Brad Pitt,, PERIOD! She should thank him!
    Even when she breaks out of her comfort zone she does a movie liked Derailed and she is totally miscast. She is always Rachel Green. I hope the studios realize after this latest bomb that is she is just not worth her paycheck.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • LPW

      Brad Pitt isnot responsible for her getting $1 million per episode for Friends. She became a superstar in her own right because of that show, not because of Brad. Has the breakup helped her financially? Possibly. But good for her!

      August 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Yoursitesucks

    Shows us your ears, elf!

    August 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Tyler

    I've loved her since FRIENDS. I do agree she needs to expand her acting chops. She has the Sarah Michelle Gellar effect. She's the same character in every movie, just with a differnt story line. I will be seeing The Switch but ive skipped out on her past five films excluding friends with money. I love her too death but she has no range in her movies.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Michael

    Enough with the romantic comedies! She just keeps playing the same person, over and over! Try something new! I mean you do claim to be an actor, right?

    August 23, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Geezzz!

    Oooppss! not 2,019 theaters, but only in 2,912 theaters.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Doodooeem

    I enjoyed her A LOT in the independent films FRIENDS WITH MONEY and THE GOOD GIRL. She shined in those films.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Linda R.

    “Jen needs to get the hell out of the romantic comedy world..."? She should get out of the entertainment business at all.
    Thanks to her ex, she became a big Star, but not a good actress. And with her never-ending efforts to be in the news, she became a constant joke. How many men can she date, without being able to keep a single one? How much she can talk about having a baby, during and after her marriage? Like Nike's commercial goes, "Just do it!" She is an absolute emptiness in any sense of this word: unintelligent, unsophisticated, tacky, and a Big No-Talent.
    Tired of her blabbing.

    Filed under: Jennifer Aniston

    August 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • LPW

      You certainly have an opinion about Jen! If my memory is correct, she was already on the route to megastardom when she met Brad Pitt. You give him far too much credit.

      August 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Lady1

    Jennifer and Angeline are so full of themselves that one can tell when the director says "action" they just spew out an "act" without feeling the emotion behind it. Jennifer was good in Friends, but get over it- she's a has been. Angeline just likes to scream alot. I know this post is only for Anniston, but hey, neither is worth my hard earned money!

    August 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Sam

    If you look you will see that Jennifer's film was played in over 1,000 less sites then the top 5 but she had the third highest in the top 10 per screen at $4,000 each if the movie was played by more it would have done better
    & Jennifer Aniston is a better actor then alot of actress who are just plain bad.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Geezzz!

    I'm not quite sure why everyone is hitting on Jen as if she is the only one character playing in the movie. The Switch is even more of a Jason Bateman vehicle movie, and all of them played well the character. I love it, and perhaps I understand that everyone who want to push her to play a different character doesn't like a romantic comedy. There are still lots of people who love that kind of genre..and that includes me. I think Jen Aniston is a great actress, natural and believable on any character she played. The Switch is only shown in 2,019 theaters, and I doubt she will beat most of the movies with more than 3,000 plus openings. Besides, I'm sure the studio is satisfied since they only expected a 5-7 million this weekend...and it earned 8.1 mil.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Lynda Garcia

    I just think is a D list actress catapulted to stardom by being on a cast of Friends, and then by playing the victim card after her breakup with Brad Pitt. She is marginally talented at best and very over rated.She continues to play the same role over and over.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • LPW

      I don't recall her ever playing the victim card. It was the media who cast her as the victim. It is the media that keeps the story alive, for its own pecuniary gain. Jen may as well profit, too.

      August 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  111. CATom

    This is a tough situation for Jen. Not as talented as the multi-faceted lady gaga. WHen you don't have the talent or adams apple life is sometimes a hash critic.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Tech

    If I am her husband and I would get divorce with Jenifer Too. How could you get marry with some body and you don't want to have children or adopt some kids???????????. This women is very selfish and I don't know why her movie still get 8 million instead of zero.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • kh

      What does that have to do with her acting?

      August 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • April

      your grammar makes this post incredibly difficult to read

      August 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justice4All


      Jennifer was not ready for kids. It is selfish to have kids for whom you are not prepared to accept responsibility. You Tech are an idiot if you think it is selfish to admit you are not ready for children.

      August 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • John H.

      Yes, Tech, you're views are so... 1950.

      August 24, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Timbo

    First and Foremost Jen is a movie star. So her film which has barely been advertised on television and was released in a small amount of theaters didnt break box office records. She still has a good track record. Her last film was hit. He is just not that into you and Marley and me were huge hits....Love happens was not advertised....I believe the studios need to take responsibilty as well. she has a lot of midlevel and huge hit films under her belt......If you want to compare her to Angelinas track record, well she has had many flops too. Beyond Borders, Original sin, Tomb Raider 2...just to name a few......there is a lot that plays into a film being successful.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Mike

    I think that she is a good actress, but not a great actress. I also think her downfall is she plays the same roles over and over. She's not stretching her acting skill and she does need, as the article suggested, to get out of the world of romantic comedies and try something else.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  115. vicki

    I don't think it is Jennifers fault. She has not been paired with a good male lead for sometime. maybe if they could give her a decent male lead and romantic looking guy it would help at the box office. I think she is a very good actress.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Queenie

      Yeah...You're correct...(sarcasm) Vince Vaughn: Sucks. Kevin Costner: Sucks more. Gerard Butler: Total waste of silver screen. Owen Wilson: Loser. Aaron Ekhardt: Hang it up, already. Yeah...It's the leading actors, I'd say....NOT!!

      August 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • John H.

      Wow? It's the guys' fault? All of them? Especially when she is the common denominator for the failure of all these films? You get today's prize for Most In Denial Aniston Fan. Congratulations, vicki.

      August 24, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Barbara

    I don't think it's her acting ability that's affecting the poor box office returns, but rather the poor screenwriting, ie., scripts she's agreed to do. I don't think she's even begun to scratch the surface of her ability and I think it's time for her to take on a truly serious, dramatic role so she can show the world what she can really do.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • E

      The problem is, she can't act. That's why she hasn't taken on any serious rolls.

      August 23, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Right. Blame the writer for the failure of virtually ALL of her movies. It's her. She's just not that interesting, not someone you want to see more of. If we did, her movies would be doing much better. She's a good enough actor; but there are lots of pretty and good actresses out there - she's just not a true movie star who can carry a movie.

      August 24, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Jim Browne

    I think that any studio that releases a romantic comedy about people on the brink of middle age in the middle of the dog days of summer when everyone is on vacation deserve what they get. Its a movie for a grown up audience not kids who in August are about the only ones out there. I think Jennifer Aniston could be a great physical screwball comedian. She needs to parody her image a bit and maybe do something ditzy and funny like goldie hawn or bette midler back in the day. People used to make this same criticism about Sandra Bullock and until My Best Friends Wedding Julia Roberts had been written off as dead too. A good script, an interesting character, and a good release is all she needs.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  118. suzy diamond

    I like Jennifer but WHY doesn't she keep playing in these cheesy films! These films that are nothing but fluff! Does she just want to go through life playing these dumb, boring roles and collect a quick buck. That will only work for so long before no one hires her any longer. Way too expensive for a director/producer to hire a box office bomb! Doesn't matter what how she looks. She probably should stick to the small screen or get a new agent who can get you better acting roles!

    August 23, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  119. Sueki

    Agree with Derek. She has the same look, same hair and same expressions in all her movies. You've seen it once, you've seen it a thousand times!! She needs to be more versatile, also get away from the media glare! Overexposed!!!!

    August 23, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  120. Debbie's mom

    It's amazing that Jennifer gets film after film and each one does lousy at the box office. Agree, she plays the same character whether it's in Marley and Me, Rumor Has It, etc etc. She has no acting range or character studies. She doesn't even change her looks in any films to adapt to a character. Basically, she's an attractive gal, who dresses well, is perpectually tan and gets invited to A list events where she's photographed to the hilt. When does Hollywood get it that Jennifer is not very good and doesn't make them any money except perhaps when the films hits DVD or cable.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  121. squirrellove

    I think she is desperate to be seen as young, hot and relevant, and that's why she keeps picking these lame rom-coms to star in... if she really wants to stay in the spotlight, she'd better start playing a different character and stop worrying about simply looking good. There are too many younger, prettier women ready to fill that role.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  122. Inupstate

    I think that all good actors posses an exclusive characteristic unique to them that allows them to act in a particular persona. This is something that comes very natural to them. Even greater actors can go deeper into this within their natural ability and thus making them even greater actors. Al Pacino is one, Anthony Hopkins is another, Sean Penn another. Jen Aniston is not that deep. She was cute on Friends and she is cute on the films she has made but it is light hearted romantic comedy. I think she could go deeper, but it would be a lot of work for her. I do think is charming however!

    August 23, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  123. Krissy

    Maybe it had something to do with her recent comments. I think Jen is great. Interesting, pretty, and very charming.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  124. Eve

    I enjoyed the movie, but it is true, Jen does play the same character, it is her comfort zone. She is good as that character, but maybe it is time to go in a different direction.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  125. Janine

    Critics agree Jen is a decent actress, I think she just has worn the romantic comedy role thin, and the same type character role too thin. She has expressed desire to direct, maybe going back to tv or directing might work for her. I enjoy watching h

    August 23, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • marti444

      I agreet; give the romantic comedies a rest for pete's sake!!!!! it's not working!!! LOL
      she should try other genres. she was very good in that one movie with clive owens a while back; believe it was called "derailed". she needs to either change up her movie roles by going either independent or maybe suspense-type or go back to television in perhaps a drama or comedy. she was funny on 'friends' IMO. her and J-Lo just can't make a good movie. Hey, maybe if they did a movie together???.... hhmmmmm

      August 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  126. RUSH

    She is hot

    August 23, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  127. Inupstate

    I think

    August 23, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  128. Laura McDonald

    She needs to stop playing the same role over and over – and try to do movies with A players – she just may be a really solid character actor

    August 23, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  129. Derek

    I've never seen her in anything where she wasn't playing herself. Same hair, same look, same expressions. She is no Meryl Streep. Very limited range if you ask me. Her movies are lame comedies.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  130. monnie

    she always seems to play the same character; how is that acting? maybe she can do more; maybe she can't; how would anyone know?

    August 23, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  131. Kathy B in Michigan

    She just doesn't have the chops for acting. Nothing personal – but she's Jennifer Aniston in every film she does. Tickets cost too much to see her do her Aniston thing.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  132. Tiffany

    Jennifer is not a good actress. She is so transparent and boring. It seems like every character she plays is the same character – nothing exciting about her acting skills or lack there of.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  133. Annette

    She needs to play a psychotic killer like glenn close in fatal attraction....instead of romantic comedy...a romantic thriller....

    August 23, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Treva

      Good idea. I don't think i have seen even 1 of her movies since The Object of My Affection. Maybe if she played a cop or serial killer we could see if she really can act. as of now, she is "Rachel" in every movie

      August 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Ken

    Jennifer's talent was more to Televisions liking. She didn't have to act, just look chilly. She's better in anything that keeps her quiet and more like wallpaper.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      You think she didn't act on Television? Her comedic timing on Friends was something to see and enjoy. They cast her for a reason. You could say she's still getting movie roles based on the acting chops she employed on Friends, but you really can't say she was good okay TV because she didn't have to act. Personally, I think the big problem with her movie career is the roles she takes. Someone here suggested she do a Glenn Close and play a psychotic woman, and I think that's a good idea. Anything out of her comfort zone, because her comfort zone isn't translating to compelling movies.

      September 5, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  135. john316

    I like her a lot....but I agree with the comment...... I'm thinking some of it might be insecurity about dueling with Angelina on screen ....and everyone would be comparing the two ( which they do now she has nothing to lose really....) I think there are some great, serious performances in there to be brought out....Go Jen .......

    August 23, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Bunny

      John, I'm not the grammar police, but when I saw your post all I could think was that you dozed off every time you started pressing the period key. Once is enough between sentences.

      As far as Aniston is concerned, she's an okay actress and I wish her well, but I'll be surprised if she can pull a real movie career in my lifetime. I loved her in "Office Space" and I'd watch her if she'd go to more roles like that, but otherwise I can't be bothered until it comes to cable.

      August 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Rolyat

    Plain and simple. She's not box office material. She's riding off her failed marriage and "FRIENDS" fame. I don't even understand why she thinks she's a movie star. She's really not a great actress. One would think with the movie studios in such bad financial shape, they would stop banking on her. Her movies bomb.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • cindieinchicago

      I often wondered why she was considered an A list star. She wanted to be one and thought she could be one when she was married to Brad Pitt. I really think she is just unlikeable. Yes, her being dumped gave her some sympathy from women but anything else you read about her seems to portray her as a diva and a control freak. She looks down on TV but that was where her only real success was. Maybe it's just me but I don't like her and don't want to see her movies.

      August 23, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • moondoggie

      Agree. Nothing more to add.

      August 23, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Miranda

      I totally agree. She's likeable and she got a huge sympathy response when her marriage fell apart. I never understood that, he wanted kids and she said no so he went where he could fulfill his need to be a dad. She had her chance. Apparently America felt sorry for her. However, she has never been a great actress. She's okay but that's not good enough. I agree with Lee who said she was miscast in Derailed. Boy was that a bad casting choice. She doesn't have the range for those type of roles. I won't bother going to see her films any more. Maybe America finally woke up to the fact she isn't a very good actress.

      August 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • J5F

      Agree. Once you have seen one of her cutesy romantic comedies, the rest are pretty much the same. Some of her more recent work is rather crass as well.

      August 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan - Canada

      I was thinking the exact same thing when I was reading this article....why is she being paid these millions of dollars when most of her movies bomb at the box office, but yet studios do, as you say, continue to bank on her. Obviously, she is not a big draw and cannot open movies....or it could be that the scripts are horrible and not one else will take them?

      August 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bull

      She needs to stick to TV acting.In movies,she's no better than Jolie.

      August 23, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • I Disagree...

      She made a movie to please and give entertainment to those that acknowledge her talent, and enjoyed watching her. She love what she does, has more followers and they pay the movie to watch why stop? I don't think she is really bothered by all her haters & critics, because I'm sure she knows that you can't really please everybody around you.

      August 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • LSK

      She was good in "Office Space," "The Good GIrl" and "Friends with Money," but not, wow, amazing performance good. I actually liked her best in her early romantic movies. She was more enjoyable to watch back then. All her romantic movies made since the end of her marriage to Brad Pitt have not been good to watch mainly because she exudes an unhappiness usually and cynicism. She could have saved her marriage to Brad Pitt by having babies sooner as he wanted, but, of course, if she didn't want to have babies then, then she shouldn't have. She was clearly trying to be a big movie star and had movie after movie lined up = not planning or trying to have a baby. She made a comment a long time ago about making as many movies as she could before her time ran out. She should just go back to the small screen and make a good, funny t.v. show and maybe a movie once in a while. "He's Not That Into You" did really well at the box office because of 1) the book and 2) the huge cast of movie stars. Aniston was just one part. "Bounty Hunter" did as well as it did (still sort of a flop) because of Gerard Butler and his huge fan base. We can see from movies like "Love Happens" and "The Switch" where she is the big "move star," that she can't carry a movie by herself to become a big hit. She should either keep choosing roles with other big stars so she can hide and take the credit for the box office hit or just stop. And she was woefully miscast in "Derailed." She showed her limited range in that movie. "Derailed" would have been so much better if they had cast an actress that could have pulled off the part.

      August 23, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Jennifer Anniston is over exposed, over hyped and over the hill. You can pull it off if you have talent...Unfortunately, she does not.

      August 23, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baby10tori

      She was great in "Derailed" with Clive Owen!!! That showed some range for her dramatic chops. She needs to get back to that.

      August 23, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |

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