Jennifer Aniston is gearing up for her newest film 'The Switch.'
- Shari Goldhagen, BettyConfidential.com
The Switch, which hits theaters Aug. 20th, marks the 25th film for Jennifer Aniston.
And while the former Friend has found commercial success in big budget films like Marley & Me and The Break-Up, she's also mixed it up with some quirky independents-some good, some not so much.
Like many young actresses before her, Jen got her start in a horror flick. Unlike many of those other actresses' scream-fests, the baddie in this 1993 film wasn't a zombie or a masked mad men but a really pissed-off leprechaun looking for his gold.
Critics panned it, but the movie became a cult classic. And we understand if Jen never touched Lucky Charms again.
2. She's the One
In 1995 writer/director/ actor Ed Burns scored a sleeper hit with The Brothers McMullen-his tale of Irish brothers and their complicated love lives. A year later Ed made another movie about Irish brothers with complex love lives so similar to the first that one of its few distinguishing elements was that the new one co-starred Rachel from Friends.
Jen played the wife of the douche-y unfaithful brother. To ruffle hubby's feathers, she'd use her vibrator-we admit we like that part.
3. Picture Perfect
With Friends a smash hit, Jen took her stab at leading lady in this harmless if uninspired 1997 rom-com about a struggling ad woman whose boss won't promote her because she's single and thus somehow unstable (the logic seems fuzzy to us, too). Of course the only thing to do is fashion a fake engagement with videographer she's photographed with at a wedding (Jay Mohr).
With a few twists, things end up exactly where one is expecting. But this provides the first of many opportunities for a self-absorbed Jen character to wreck someone else's wedding.
4. The Object of My Affection
The Switch isn't the first time Jen's taken on single motherhood. In this unconventional 1998 flick, Jen stars as a New York social worker who asks her gay roommate (a pre-Apatow-fab Paul Rudd) to raise her baby with her instead of her boyfriend. Problem is she ends up falling in love with her best gay.
As one might expect, the cliché rom-com happy ending cannot be applied.
5. Office Space
Her role as Ron Livingston's love interest in Mike Judge's 1999 cult classic might have been tangential, but Jen definitely added flair as a Kung-Fu-loving Chotchkie's waitress with a few buttons missing from her suspenders.
We especially like when she gave her micro managing boss the finger, quipping. "I do want to express myself, okay, and I don't need 37 pieces of flair to do it."
6. The Good Girl
Breaking from her perky Rachel persona, Jennifer played a down and depressed Retail Rodeo cashier who embarks on an affair with a younger co-worker (Jake Gyllenhaal).
While the flick is a definite downer (John C. Reilly as the perpetually stoned but sweet husband is enough to have anyone reaching for the poisoned blackberries), Jen won critical praise for her performance and made us want to avoid discount stores for the rest of our days.
7. Friends with Money
It's never quite explained why Jen's character-a struggling, single cleaning lady-is friends with three older wealthier married women in this 2006 Nicole Holofcener indie, but the four intertwined stories are compelling enough to warrant a rental and some suspension of disbelief.
And Jen looks awful cute when a guy she's dating convinces her to dress up in a French maid outfit and let him watch her work.
This offbeat 2008 love story is definitely an argument for persistence or for not hooking up with hotel staff.
Steve Zahn plays a motel manager who takes a shine to an art saleswoman in one of the rooms (Aniston). He brings her champagne, one thing leads to another, and soon he's skydiving into pools and being shot at by a former punk star (Woody Harrelson). Buddhism and community service somehow also factor into the mix.
9. Rumor Has It
The premise of this 2005 movie was, well, odd, and the execution was downright creepy. Jen plays an obit writer at the New York Times, who suspects she might actually be the daughter of a wealthy Internet millionaire who had affairs with both her mother and grandmother-The Graduate, she learns, is based on her fam. When she finds out the millionaire (Kevin Costner) isn't her pops, she follows the matriarchal urge and hops into bed with him, managing to crush her fiancé (Mark Ruffalo) and sabotage her sister's wedding in one self-absorbed swoop.
The moral of his 2005 thriller seems to be if a pretty stranger lends you fare on a commuter train, do not, under any circumstance, start flirting.
Clive Owen and Jen play lovers married to others whose hotel tryst goes awry when an armed man breaks in, beats up Clive, and brutally rapes Jen. This is all in the first twenty minutes-things go downhill from here.
Shari Goldhagen is the author of Family and Other Accidents.
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