Allow me this, I beg of you. Zooey Deschanel
is overrated as an actress. Sure, it was cute at first when she was the disaffected sister in ALMOST FAMOUS. I don't recall thinking she was a great actress then but I was wowed by those big blue eyes of hers. In THE GOOD GIRL she was the snarky counter who was given most of the clever character actor lines to deliver. I get that schtick. Cutesy in ELF, dismissible as the music teacher in BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, absolutely abominably bad in that indie flick FLAKES (don't believe me? Watch the movie. Disagree with me? Pfffft.) Since people started referring to her as the cute, quirky, fun, indie chick, she's completely slacked. YES MAN is one example. THE HAPPENING? (Don't try to explain that away by saying everyone in that movie was bad because that's not true.) How about YOUR HIGHNESS, the movie where she was supposed to be acting ironically beautiful and virginal and instead seemed as if she had been sniffing too much glue. Zooey is batting her eyes and doing the same ol', same ol' at the Performers Peer Group Cocktail Reception. A lot of words for essentially saying that they got some Emmy nominated people together to rub elbows. And in Zooey's case, tilt her head over her shoulder in that predictably demure way of hers.
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