Alphabetical Movie – Groundhog Day
What is it about Andie MacDowell?
You see, I really don’t like her and in spite of that, she appears in a large number of films I really enjoy.
Let’s be fair and say that I don’t like her as an actress. I think she has a limited range and comes off as very stiff and unconvincing. I’m sure she is a fine person and if I ever met her socially I’d feel awful I was saying nasty things about her acting ability.
The fact remains, however, that I cringe whenever I see she is in a movie because I know that I’ll be annoyed by her presence.
Yet if films like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Groundhog Day are any indication, I’ll like them anyway.
Maybe she’s just really good at picking scripts. I mean, if you looked at a script for Groundhog Day, wouldn’t you want to be in the film? Yeah, you are playing a distant second banana to Bill Murray but you get to be the key to his escape from an endless string of encounters with Ned Ryerson. Bing! You have to say yes, don’t you?
I still don’t understand how she gets offered the scripts in question. Do executives just say “hey, that Four Weddings and Funeral movie made a lot of money. It couldn’t have only been because of Hugh Grant, right?”
Well, actually, it could.
MacDowell is lovely enough, I guess, to be the object of desire. Just don’t give her too much to do because the last thing you want to do is have her deliver too much dialogue.
I say again, I’m sure she’s a fine person. She is still a fine person who delivers dialogue in a fashion that makes me only too aware of the fact that she is acting. At least I hope she’s acting – if that is how she really engages in conversation she has a problem that goes beyond my personal bias.
What is odd, however, is the fact that I like just about every movie I’ve seen where she is a featured performer. Sex, Lies and Videotape? Yes, another winner.
Just like all the others, though, MacDowell bothers me in that film. She is supposed to be playing a cold fish of a character but she is so cold, you don’t feel like she ever has any sort of emotional breakthrough. The film is good anyway. I don’t get it.
In looking over her filmography, I see that she played Vi in the remake of Footloose, a film I’ve not yet seen. While I can’t imagine that she’ll be better than Diane Weist in that role, I guess I should see the movie anyway. If my history with MacDowell is any indication, I’ll really enjoy the movie.