Sunday, May 29, 2011

Pondering Kate Hudson

A couple of weeks ago, before Something Borrowed was released, I saw the cover of Ent, the Toronto Sun's Sunday entertainment section and on the front of it it featured drawings of Jennifer Aniston, Katherine Heigl and Kate Hudson with the caption saying "The Women Who Are Ruining Romantic Comedy." These three choices peaked my interest and got me to thinking about each lady's respective career. Although she's been in some stinkers, I don't think Jennifer Antison is ruining romantic comedy and she's even been in some good films including the Good Girl, Rumor Has It..., The Switch and so on. And even when the movie is bad, she's at least likable.

Katherine Heigl is in the same boat. She appears in mostly bad movies, but she maintains her charm throughout them and I don't know but I found The Ringer to be a funny comedy as well as Knocked Up. I've never walked away from a romantic comedy thinking that Heigl had ruined it but yes, seeing her generally throws up a red flag to a movie's quality these days.

Now Kate Hudson. Hudson seems to represent a special case separate of the other two in that no one but she has been in a single movie as excellent as Almost Famous and no one but she has been in so many consecutive awful movies subsequent to the fact. And unlike the other two offenders, it is usually Hudson, more often than not, who is the very worst thing about it. Here's a roll call: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Alex & Emma, Raising Helen, You, Me and Dupree, Fool's Gold, My Best Friend's Girl, Bride Wars, Nine and Something Borrowed. Kate Hudson, the most promising of young starlets has been in more bad movies than some actors every get to be in period.

This poses the question: is Kate Hudson the worst leading female star in America? And even more to the fact, who do you think is her male equivalent?


  1. No. That would be Jennifer Lopez. Hudson was one of the few bright spots of Nine...a terrible movie that she was great in. That takes some talent.

  2. I wouldn't consider Jennifer Lopez to be a lead movie star so yes, Kate Hudson is. Her male equivalent... I would have to say Matthew McConaughey ahah.

  3. Yojimbo, I have to disagree with J.LO as well. I'd list the Cell and Out of Sight as a great movie she's been in plus other strong dramatic work like Angel Eyes and An Unfinished Life and a nice one like Maid in Manhatten. Yes Wedding Planner, Back-Up Plan and so on are horrible, but she's been in some good ones too.

    Castor - I was waiting for someone to say McConaughey as well but then thought about it. He's been in some pretty good movies as well such as 13 Conversations About One Thing, Two for the Money, the Lincon Lawyer and he was good in A Time To Kill despite my dislike of that movie.