Why Resistible?

Fellow geese, let’s gander at how the powers-that-be have shlock-cast Rose Byrne — one of our most spastically-gifted comedic actors working today — since her triumvirate breakout in Insidious, Bridesmaids, and Neighbors.

In chronological order (theatrical releases only, because that’s how Write All Nite rolls):

  • This Is Where I Leave You
    • You can probably guess the main reason you’ve never heard of a movie that stars Jason Bateman AND Tina Fey AND Jane Fonda AND Adam Driver AND Corey Stoll AND Kathryn Hahn AND Connie Britton AND Timothy Olyphant AND Dax Shepard AND Debra Monk AND Abigail Spencer AND no wait that’s “it”.
  • Adult Beginners
    • One of the better movies on this list, which is more of an indictment on the rest than the quality here. But still not a bad time at the cinema, which is about as good as it gets for her of late.
  • Annie
    • The sun didn’t come out.
  • Spy
    • Successful by any objective metric, but not my cup o’.
  • Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
    • To be expected.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
    • Also to be expected.
  • I Love You, Daddy
  • Insidious: The Last Key
    • Again: to be expected.
  • Juliet, Naked
    • And now, the start of a reoccurring theme in her recent oeuvre: shallow material deepened by her goods-optional commitment.
  • Instant Family
    • The lone ORIGINAL bright spot on this list, and still underrated to this day.
  • Jexi
    • And now, we reach her 2020, consisting of memorable scene-stealing in otherwise borderline-unwatchable movies.
  • Like a Boss
    • As I was saying…
  • Irresistible
    • Jon Stewart’s latest, now available everywhere. Unfortunately, commenting on our political reality is not necessarily a translatable skill to recreating and telling a story about that reality. A fitfully-enjoyable bad movie, but not in an enjoyably-bad way. And as with the rest of these movie films, Rose Byrne’s responsible for the fitful moments.

The moral of this tale: Hollywood, do better.

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