I've been writing this column for so long that you would think that I'd have run out of ideas by now. I'm fearing that I'm eventually going to start repeating myself. Yet, I'm not worried. See, Hollywood repeats a pattern itself on a regular basis and no one seems to be dinging them any super duper points for it. Exhibit A: This week's Battle of the Miserable Wives.
With McAdams appearing this week in THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE
, it got me to thinking about how many women in movies have stood by and waited for their men to come around to them again. Hell, if I had the chance to be in Rachel's life, I do everything in my power in order to stay there. No time traveling, no special order of things predetermined by the universe. Just me and that gorgeous gal pretty much in bed naked all day. Well, aside from bathroom and Gatorade breaks. To replenish the necessary electrolytes.
This one really got to me because no matter what role I've seen Charlize in, she's always seemed like the kind of babe who could take care of herself. When you learn about how she watched her mother shoot her father dead in self-defense back when she was living in South Africa, you believe it too. However, if my husband were Johnny Depp (as was the case of the miserable wife in THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE), I might take pause and consider just how much I'd be willing to put up with from him.
All the way back in 1996, Halle Berry was still churning out crap movies like THE RICH MAN'S WIFE in order to keep her career from stalling. Then she got some good roles. Then she won an award. Now she seems to be at that place in the arc of an actress' career where she starts returning to churning out crap so that people don't forget that she took time off to make a family. Halle is close to the "be all and end all" of black actresses these days if you believe Hollywood execs, but is she the best Miserable Wife in this battle?
Which Miserable Wife do you prefer?