Trailer: Can Katherine Heigl become a respected comedic actress?

By | September 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm | 3 comments | Audio/Video, TV/Movies | Tags: , , , ,

Hollywood has unleashed upon the world a great many fish-out-of-water comedy flicks. Some turn out to be classics (Trading Places) while others miss the mark (too many to make an example out of one). The latest, One For The Money (in theaters Jan. 27, 2012), stars Katherine Heigl, well known for her long-running role as Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy. But remember, she earned some comedy cred in 2007 when she starred opposite Seth Rogen in Judd Apatow’s hit Knocked Up. She has since starred in a handful of drippy rom-coms — 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, Killers, Life As We Know It — and this one doesn’t seem to stray too far from the typical Heigl comedy flick formula.

In this one, she plays a young gal from New Jersey who loses her three-year-old job selling unmentionables at Macy’s in Newark and is forced to find a new gig. That new gig turns out to be… a bounty hunter! But not the cool, badass Boba Fett type that gets to fly around in a cool jet pack shooting laser blasts at scared rebels. No, she’s the type who squeezes into a pair of tight jeans and tight shirts and (based on the trailer) gets sexually harassed by co-workers and clients alike. Hooray!

But the question remains: will One For The Money help push Heigl into respected-comedic-actress standing? The just-released trailer, of course, can’t answer that question for us. But it should give you an idea of the film’s tone and attitude. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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  • Scotty561

    The Stephanie Plum novels have a very devoted fan base, including my wife.  They do tours in Trenton of locations from the books.  If they come out for the film it could be her breakout role.  They’re good stories but not too deep.  Hopefully the film isn’t done like a typical rom-com, but the trailer could be cut to look like one on purpose.

  • Jason

    She’s labeled a D list actress by almost everyone, which is why she can’t be the ‘star’ of the vehicle without someone of greater fame co-starring on the posters.

    She offers nothing no other actress could offer. She just so happened to have been attractive at 17 when Roswell was casting.

  • Jason

    Keep in mind, Knocked Up was Heigl surrounded by Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Jason Segal, amongst many other comedians.

    If you watch the movie again, little of what she does is funny, and most of what she does is whining and complaining that Rogen’s character isn’t worthy enough for her.