I caught Proof of Life on TNT this morning and I must say that it’s probably the most mediocre film I’ve ever seen. Russell Crowe was fine, as always, but Meg Ryan. Blech.
She was always solid in the romantic comedies, but now that she’s getting old and hoping to get meatier roles I’m realizing that she’s only got about two “faces”. Happy and Confused/Sad. Her entire emotional range can be slotted into those two categories and for a romantic comedy actress, that’s fine. For someone who wants to do gritty roles like Proof of Life and Against the Ropes, it just isn’t cutting it.
I mean, I’ll be the first to admit love for French Kiss. Kevin Kline Frenching around a French countryside with a waifish American pixie? Adorable. But it’s time for her to stop skating by on her looks and take a damn acting class.