There comes a time - and typically it comes after a quick burst of stardom - where actresses are suddenly considered "talented," though undeserving of that title. There are plenty to choose from, but I've narrowed down the list to the five actresses working today who get way too many accolades for less-than-stellar performances.
NOTE: These are actresses commonly considered "good." I don't think anyone can say that, for example, Katherine Heigl is a "good" actresses exactly, so people like her cannot make the list. Though, I really, really wish she would stop making movies.
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I'm sure there are few arguments with this one, but it needed to be said. She's had a few good performances (Girl, Interrupted and The Changeling), but most of her work is just shallow, wooden acting and crazy action sequences. Let's be honest - she's generally just on screen for the sex appeal.
Worst Performance: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Just stupid movies overall, but all we see is a pretty woman running through the jungle, firing a gun, and reuniting with her estranged father. Not much to it, really. I suppose I can see why it was so popular, though. Base a movie on a video game with a really pretty girl as the main character, odds are you'll get people in the theater.
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Monster's Ball gave her an Oscar (though it was a very overrated performance), and she has since made nothing worth watching (that includes Die Another Day, a very sub-par Bond film). Even when she tries something deep and meaningful, it comes off a little wishy-washy.
Worst Performance: X-Men: The Last Stand
I could've gone for Catwoman or Gothika, which are certainly lesser films than this one, but she really does herself in with this third installment of the X-Men series. Dying to cash in, she hogs the screen for too much of the movie with an awful accent (as an X-Men fan growing up, I know she is supposed to be a native African as Storm). Doesn't help that Storm is one of the lamest mutants in the comic book series.
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Oh, Jen. We love you and took your side in the whole Pitt-Aniston-Jolie love triangle, but somehow you squandered your new found fame. You showed flashes of semi-brilliance (The Good Girl), but fell back on old TV sitcom tendencies that have doomed you as an actress.
Worst Performance: The Bounty Hunter
I'm giving her a pass on Leprechaun because it was her first film. This absolute mess not only shows why she should steer clear of most scripts that come her way, but steer clear of Gerard Butler (he teaches "Unconvincing Acting 101" in most films). Aniston clowns her way through this awful film with so little chemistry with Butler that I'd rather sit through Picture Perfect again.
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Talk about peaking early. After a wonderful, Oscar-nominated portrayal of free spirit Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, Hudson has made mostly romantic comedies for ten years, most being mindless drivel.
Worst Performance: Bride Wars
Somehow, Hudson and Anne Hathaway (who is way too good for this role) made a mockery of marriage and friendship and acting in this ridiculous romp through wedding planning. The worst part is, this is the default choice - she was just as bad in her other six romantic comedies from the past ten years, not to mention the waste of time epic film she took part in (The Four Feathers).
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Argue with me all you want, but outside of The Godfather trilogy and her work in Woody Allen films, does she have any range? She has banked the "older, wiser, but still hilarious" mother role and sticks to it, sadly.
Worst Performance: Mad Money
In this waste of a film reel, somehow Keaton makes Katie Holmes look like a better actress, which is no small task. It's a terrible story, supported by terrible performances by Keaton, Holmes, and Queen Latifah.
So, bring on the disdain with the choices here. This is not saying these actresses don't have the potential - they do. They just make such bad film choices, they should garner nowhere near the bank they do.