Maybe Jennifer Aniston Just Isn’t Funny

Look, I’ve seen Friends. I know there were times when Jennifer Aniston was funny. She’s amazingly charming all through Friends. I have laughed at things her character did on the show! But maybe that was just the writing and the strength of the other cast members, and something about the time period? And the haircut?

Because, when I watch her in ads like this one I realize that she is really, terribly, terribly unfunny.

Something about this whole thing makes me feel unsettled and sad. It’s the opposite side of the funny coin, where someone is doing something that makes you cringe on their behalf. It seems like Jennifer Aniston trying to do an imitation of some neurotic lady highly strung lady who reminds me of Julia Roberts specifically when Julia Roberts was in that Woody Allen movie.

But I thought to myself, ‘there have been movies Jennifer Aniston has been quite funny in, right? You can think of some of those movies.” I’m sorry. My brain just got stuck on that terrible thing with Adam Sandler, Just Go With It. I could never just go with it. The last movie I thought Jennifer Aniston was really great in was The Good Girl which was… a very, very unfunny movie. I think it was still billed as a comedy, but that was wrong. People were wrong about that.

Maybe Jennifer Aniston could try doing serious movies? Maybe that would be preferable to doing deeply jittery uncomfortable advertisements in the UK? Just throwing that up as a potential option. Unless, of course, you think she’s a great comedian and I am just missing something, here, which I might be.

- via Buzzfeed



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    • Samantha_Escobar

      I feel like she exclusively gets hired to be Rachel-esque, but it will never work because she’s not in Friends anymore. I think it’s like how she got stuck in this “Brad Pitt’s ex” public role for, oh, a decade or so and it was impossible for people to look at her differently.

    • Niamh

      No, her cameo in Cougar Town was amazing! I think she has great timing, love her.

    • Cee

      I hate that she is between Rachel-esque (as Sam said) and very boring gf/wife stuck with the funny man child. Her role is not funny because she is the “sarcastic” mom-girlfriend that is trying to cramp the funny dudes style. She needs roles other than that one.

    • tahoegeminii

      WOW did someone finally see that Emperor is NAKED??!! Jennifer Aniston IS the biggest joke in Hollywood-but not because she has EVER been funny-in fact that is the joke- she is terminally NOT funny-quit watching Friends because of her BS acting-possibly the worst actress EVER and her looks are mediocre in spite of the ridiculous lengths she has gone to alter them-so the only “funny” thing that has ever been about Anustain is the PR fraud she has perpetuating with her little pity party into a hollywood career supposedly as a comedic actress-she IS the JOKE-and I think people have finally got it-she is a fraud poser BS specialist

    • Samantha

      She was pretty great in Horrible Bosses, but I distinctly remember thinking afterward “whoa, Jennifer Anniston should do more comedies.” Until I remembered that she’s supposed to be a comic actress. Then I was mad at her for being so boring previously.

      • irene haralabatos

        yep The only thing I truly liked her in…hilarious

    • Kayla

      I thought she was a little bit funny in this: