Aniston of the week: Love Happens (or does it?)

Dull, dull Aaron Eckhart. FILM: Love Happens DIRECTOR: Brandon Camp YEAR: 2009 CHARACTER NAME AND PROFESSION: Eloise, Florist PLOT SUMMARY: Eloise meets self-help guru/grief expert/boring white male Burke (Aaron Eckhart) when he flirts with her at the hotel he’s staying/leading a seminar at, while she’s delivering flowers. Burke’s wife died three years ago, and his grief coping strategies have turned into a career, helping others, … Continue reading Aniston of the week: Love Happens (or does it?)

Aniston of the week: The Break-Up

This week, we take a look at Aniston’s post-Pitt break up movie, in which she stars with that loveable, fast-talking rogue, Vince Vaughn, as his exasperated partner. FILM: The Break-Up DIRECTOR: Peyton Reed YEAR: 2006 CHARACTER NAME & PROFESSION: Brooke Meyers, Art Dealer PLOT SUMMARY: Brooke and Gary (Vince Vaughn) are in a long-term relationship. They live together in a comfortable apartment in Chicago. One … Continue reading Aniston of the week: The Break-Up

Aniston of the week: The Switch

This is one of the few Aniston film’s this writer has watched more than once, probably due, not only to Jennifer’s charisma, but the presence of Jeff Goldblum and Juliette Lewis in the cast. A silly plot, conventionally structured, but clearly it’s got through to me somehow. FILM: The Switch DIRECTOR: Josh Gordan, Will Speck YEAR: 2010 CHARACTER NAME & PROFESSION: Kassie Larson, TV Producer … Continue reading Aniston of the week: The Switch

Aniston of the week: Rumour Has It…

The year after Friends ended, Aniston made two films, one of which, Derailed we’ll cover in the coming weeks. The other is an odd identity crisis comedy/drama based on the idea of The Graduate being a true story related to Aniston’s character. Aniston pretty much carries the film, which, amongst the weirdness, almost saves it. FILM: Rumour Has It… DIRECTOR: Rob Reiner YEAR: 2005 CHARACTER … Continue reading Aniston of the week: Rumour Has It…

Aniston: 10 films later

Aniston of the week began ten films ago with Tiffanie DeBartolo’s 1996 comedy Dream for An Insomniac. So, what have we learned? According to the Aniston Role Matrix (which I just mocked up today), we’ve seen performances over three decades: five of Aniston’s nineties and early noughties Friends era movies, two in the late noughties and three from this decade. Aniston has played two health … Continue reading Aniston: 10 films later

Aniston of the week: Management

This week, we approached another miss-matched couple with trepidation, but we were delighted to see Aniston playing football! Not only that, producing and starring in a flawed but endearing film. FILM: Management YEAR: 2008 DIRECTOR: Stephen Belber CHARACTER NAME AND PROFESSION: Sue, commercial art dealer PLOT SUMMARY: On a work trip to present to potential clients, Sue stays at a motel owned by Trish (Margo … Continue reading Aniston of the week: Management

Aniston of the week: Along Came Polly

Still wading through those rom-coms, this week we take a look at Aniston’s pairing with ‘everyman’ Ben Stiller. FILM: Along Came Polly DIRECTOR: John Hamburg YEAR: 2004 CHARACTER NAME AND PROFESSION: Polly Prince, waitress and aspiring illustrator PLOT SUMMARY: A man name Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) who is a risk-assessment analyst (non-spoiler – his job matches exactly his personality) gets married, but his wife Lisa … Continue reading Aniston of the week: Along Came Polly

Aniston of the week: Rock Star

In the week that David Bowie and Alan Rickman died and lacking a film in which either starred with Aniston*, what serves as adequately appropriate within our subject’s portfolio is her part in a film that celebrated and parodied rock-star fandom, albeit with mixed results. In love with an LA-based British hair-rock band (based loosely on the story of Judas Priest) a far cry from … Continue reading Aniston of the week: Rock Star

Aniston of the Week: Wanderlust

After last week’s exploration of perhaps Aniston’s most dramatic role, and in the spirit of the season of jollity, we look at a film that reunites the central duo of The Object of My Affection. A film that teaches us how not to live, in so many ways. Happy Holidays! FILM: Wanderlust DIRECTOR: David Wain YEAR: 2012 CHARACTER NAME AND PROFESSION: Linda Gergenblatt, filmmaker (among … Continue reading Aniston of the Week: Wanderlust

Aniston of the Week: Cake

2015 saw the release of a film that showcased what might be thought of as Jennifer Aniston’s most revealing and dramatic role. Ignoring the middling reviews allows an engagement with an understated and powerful performance and a chance for Aniston to take centre stage. FILM: Cake DIRECTOR: Daniel Barnz YEAR: 2014 CHARACTER NAME AND PROFESSION: Claire Bennett, former lawyer PLOT SUMMARY: Claire is recovering from … Continue reading Aniston of the Week: Cake