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Face Off: Elizabeth Banks vs. Rachel McAdams

09.03.2012by: Droz

Well, ya'll got much more into character with your heated debates over whether it was Christina Hendricks or Mila Kunis that deserved the prize in last week's last Face Off. You guys had been far too agreeable lately, to the point that I was actually starting to think I was making the right choices. I went with Christina, but the majority of you thought Mila was the better option, giving her a squeaker of a win in a 12 to 10 vote. Perfectly acceptable choice there. Me, I like the busty redheads. So there.

While we in the US celebrate the common man on this Labor Day holiday, as well as the last gasps of summer 2012, let us turn our attention to two ladies who epitomize the idea of hard workers. It seems like Elizabeth Banks and Rachel McAdams are in everything. They've always got at least a couple movies out each year. Sure, a lot of them are your standard assembly line chick flicks, but occasionally they do something else that falls into more interesting genres. They also kind of resemble each other, which makes it even harder to pick a winner between them. So who is the more prolific hottie of the two? We're going to find out.

Beauty

Elizabeth isn't ugly by any stretch of the imagination, but sometimes her beauty does fluctuate. Not in any grotesque way - more like the difference between movie star good looks and soccer mom kinda hot. That's not necessarily a bad thing. I kinda dig soccer moms. Yet, in a contest between movie stars, I gotta give it to the one who's looks are the most consistent with her status.

I've always been rather smitten with Rachel. She's got that sweet face that you just can't help but love. Even when she's the antagonist or just not-so-nice a person, she's still sweet. Plus she's one of the few women I can think of who can easily go from blonde to brunette to redhead and lose nothing in the transfer. That's a rare gift that demands acknowledgment.

Sex Appeal

Rachel has the slight advantage in beauty, yet owns a somewhat more decided advantage in sexiness. Elizabeth certainly knows how to turn on the sexy when called for. Unfortunately, she trends toward more sedate movies, with roles that don't often afford her the opportunity to get down to anything freaky deaky. That's ironic, considering the fact that she's the only one of the two here who has done a porno. Well, sort of.

Would have been rather silly to not give the award here to the one who has actually done nude scenes. She's hasn't exactly gone Sharon Stone in her on screen nudity, but what she has done has been pretty great. I still like to think of her more as a the sweetie who also happens to be pretty hot. Although that might change when her Brian De Palma movie PASSION comes out. Lesbian scenes seem to do that to me.

Personalities

Tough to make a call here, as these two are not only similar in looks but also in the roles they play and how they come across as people. They both seem like really cool individuals, down to Earth and genuine. I don't care to nitpick over such things. It's a rare thing to find Hollywood types who are still grounded in reality. So they get the tie vote.

<------Ditto.

Careers

Another tough one, as the two of them have done stuff I both enjoy and don't enjoy. Overall, Elizabeth's resume has a bit less that interests me. Not to say that she makes bad movies or doesn't have any talent. She's usually pretty good in her movies. It might not always be my thing, but what she does, she does well. Still, when it comes down to who has the bigger presence in my home entertainment selection, Elizabeth comes in second.

Hey, I'll admit it, I got a little choked up watching her in THE NOTEBOOK. Sure, it was sappy as hell, but if that ending didn't make you want to tear up, then you're just not a human being. On the other hand, I found her wickedly hot in SHERLOCK HOLMES and have enjoyed her in pretty much everything else I've seen her in. It's not too hard to convince me when it comes to a Downey Jr. production, but if she can get me emotionally invested in a blatant tear-jerker too, she's got to have some skills.

Rachel

Pretty clear victory here for Rachel. I hadn't expected it to be so lopsided in her favor, but I guess she does it for me. Not surprising. She's probably one of the the cutest and hottest ladies in Hollywood today, with skills to match her cuteness. The thing that I like about both these ladies is that they're capable of doing a variety of work. Sure, they tend to focus a lot on the chick flicks. That might just be one of those "pay the bills" kinda things or maybe they prefer it. Either way, they can handle the occasional action movie or suspenseful drama. Again, that's probably why it feels like they're in everything. You see them when you take your girlfriend to the chick flick. Then you see them again in your big budget blockbuster. When it's ladies like these, the more the better.

That's what I think. What do you think??
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9:12PM on 09/10/2012

McAdams by far.....

I like Banks a lot, she's a great actress, and she has her moments of hotness, but I will watch a movie, no matter what it's about, if McAdams is in it. She's insanely hot, funny, has a killer personality, and an all around great actress...I honestly can't think of a role she's done that she didn't do extremely well.
I like Banks a lot, she's a great actress, and she has her moments of hotness, but I will watch a movie, no matter what it's about, if McAdams is in it. She's insanely hot, funny, has a killer personality, and an all around great actress...I honestly can't think of a role she's done that she didn't do extremely well.
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7:20PM on 09/04/2012

Banks all the way

I really dig both women here but I have to give the win to Banks. Her mix of "MILF next door" and funny personality just win me over every time. I also think she's the better actdress and like more of her movies.
I really dig both women here but I have to give the win to Banks. Her mix of "MILF next door" and funny personality just win me over every time. I also think she's the better actdress and like more of her movies.
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1:22AM on 09/04/2012
McAdams. I think she takes more risks with her movie roles and delivers better performances. Both are [link] But i'll give the edge to Rachel McAdams.
McAdams. I think she takes more risks with her movie roles and delivers better performances. Both are [link] But i'll give the edge to Rachel McAdams.
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7:36PM on 09/03/2012
I would have given sex appeal to Banks, just based on looks. Banks has a little more "edge" to her while McAdams has more "clean cut" to her. I just like Banks :-) I'm nitpicking.
I would have given sex appeal to Banks, just based on looks. Banks has a little more "edge" to her while McAdams has more "clean cut" to her. I just like Banks :-) I'm nitpicking.
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6:31PM on 09/03/2012
agreed, iw ill choose rachel too, she's sweet and sexy
agreed, iw ill choose rachel too, she's sweet and sexy
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5:45PM on 09/03/2012

Rachel

I had a thing for her ever since Notebook and Wedding Crashers (see also Morning Glory - dat ass). She's unbelievably cute and while I really like Elizabeth Banks, there are few women I'd take over Rachel McAdams
I had a thing for her ever since Notebook and Wedding Crashers (see also Morning Glory - dat ass). She's unbelievably cute and while I really like Elizabeth Banks, there are few women I'd take over Rachel McAdams
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5:43PM on 09/03/2012

Banks

Banks without a doubt.
Banks without a doubt.
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5:39PM on 09/03/2012
I love both these women, I give the edge to McAdams, I find her to be the whole package. But Banks, damn, she's a close second.
I love both these women, I give the edge to McAdams, I find her to be the whole package. But Banks, damn, she's a close second.
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5:39PM on 09/03/2012
I love both these women, I give the edge to McAdams, I find her to be the whole package. But Banks, damn, she's a close second.
I love both these women, I give the edge to McAdams, I find her to be the whole package. But Banks, damn, she's a close second.
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4:18PM on 09/03/2012

Seriously?!

Elizabeth Banks is a thousand times hotter and more engaging than Rachel McAdams. And you're way off with the career winner; McAdams was thought to be the next big thing after The Notebook but never reached the level people thought she would.
Elizabeth Banks is a thousand times hotter and more engaging than Rachel McAdams. And you're way off with the career winner; McAdams was thought to be the next big thing after The Notebook but never reached the level people thought she would.
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3:12PM on 09/03/2012

Not Even Close !!

McAdams by a mile . Rachel is a clear cut winner , as you stated , in every category . Banks is cute , Rachel's SMOKIN' !! Careers ? Please . Personality ? let's see : vacuous versus intelligent and engaging . GOOD CALL !!
McAdams by a mile . Rachel is a clear cut winner , as you stated , in every category . Banks is cute , Rachel's SMOKIN' !! Careers ? Please . Personality ? let's see : vacuous versus intelligent and engaging . GOOD CALL !!
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2:51PM on 09/03/2012

Banks!

Banks is much hotter, great sense of humor and very talented. McAdams just bores me really.
Banks is much hotter, great sense of humor and very talented. McAdams just bores me really.
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1:42PM on 09/03/2012
I think this is the first time I agree with a Face Off. ;-)
I think this is the first time I agree with a Face Off. ;-)
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1:39PM on 09/03/2012

Elizabeth

When I think of sex appeal, I always think of Banks before McAdams. She just has does it for me.
When I think of sex appeal, I always think of Banks before McAdams. She just has does it for me.
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1:13PM on 09/03/2012
Banks
Banks
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10:32AM on 09/03/2012

Agree

Elizabeth is cute... kinda. But Rachel is the clear winner here.
Elizabeth is cute... kinda. But Rachel is the clear winner here.
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10:07AM on 09/03/2012

Not Really...

I'll give Rachel McAdams alot of those categories, granted. But for some reason, I feel more attracted to Elizabeth. I think personality wise, Banks out does McAdams. Rachel's a hottie, that's for sure and looks like a great "spinner", but Banks has the hotter body of the two. Also, I agree that Banks can have that "MILF next door" look that makes her even more hot IMO.

Gotta go Banks.
I'll give Rachel McAdams alot of those categories, granted. But for some reason, I feel more attracted to Elizabeth. I think personality wise, Banks out does McAdams. Rachel's a hottie, that's for sure and looks like a great "spinner", but Banks has the hotter body of the two. Also, I agree that Banks can have that "MILF next door" look that makes her even more hot IMO.

Gotta go Banks.
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9:49AM on 09/03/2012

Probably couldn't be more wrong.

At all..
McAdams is hot and all, but Banks has everyone of these categories down and more.
At all..
McAdams is hot and all, but Banks has everyone of these categories down and more.
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8:37AM on 09/03/2012

Elizabeth Banks for me

I think Banks has one of the best careers going now and she is sexy as hell. She is equally as adept at drama and comedy. She also isn't afraid to make a fool of herself on camera. I find McAdams more cute than hot and I don't think she's anywhere near as good an actor as Banks.
I think Banks has one of the best careers going now and she is sexy as hell. She is equally as adept at drama and comedy. She also isn't afraid to make a fool of herself on camera. I find McAdams more cute than hot and I don't think she's anywhere near as good an actor as Banks.
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7:42AM on 09/03/2012

Couldn't disagree more....

I think Liz is stunning and has been in everything she's done, I've never really thought Rachel was all that, not to say she's ugly or anything silly though.
I can probably name 5 times as many movies Liz has been in than Rachel too so I'd have to swing careers the other way there.
As for sex appeal, well, let's just say Liz hits the right notes for me. You've got it a clear sweep one way, I'd have it the other.
I think Liz is stunning and has been in everything she's done, I've never really thought Rachel was all that, not to say she's ugly or anything silly though.
I can probably name 5 times as many movies Liz has been in than Rachel too so I'd have to swing careers the other way there.
As for sex appeal, well, let's just say Liz hits the right notes for me. You've got it a clear sweep one way, I'd have it the other.
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