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05.19.2009

... where is Janeane Garofalo?
by Sturdy

I try to avoid asking for more/less of any actor, actress, director, writer, etc. because there are way too many stars out there that donít get enough screen time and way too many stars that get too much. How or why certain stars ďmakeĒ it and others donít is beyond my comprehension. But one actress that Iíve been a huge fan of for a very long time is Janeane Garofalo. How is it that one of the funniest female comedians of our generation is virtually invisible nowadays?

So what happened to her? I donít know, Iím asking you. She had a string of comedic successes in the mid to late 90ís and I thought that was more than enough to afford her some staying power. She had a rough run on Saturday Night Live, but turned in some quality performances in THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS and MYSTERY MEN among others. But when you look at her bio, she has one bad break and bad decision after another. If anything, I think Garofalo is the poster child for coming close to being a superstar, but not quite being able to cross the line.


Did anyone else like MYSTERY MEN?

There are two big events in her career that stand out to me as being her golden opportunities that she just missed. The first was JERRY MAGUIRE where she was offered the role that eventually went to Renee Zellweger. Supposedly, Crowe was going to give her the role if she could lose a certain amount of weight. While she was losing the weight, the role was given to Zellweger. Thatís a bummer for Garofalo because a) the movie was great and b) dieting sucks. Her next break came with Kevin Smithís DOGMA, where Smith famously says in the commentary track that he should have given the lead role to Garofalo. Not much she could have done about that, but if Smith had given her the role, it would have made the movie better and would have probably helped her career out.


Iíd like to see more of her on the big screen

But thatís the past and even though those two chances are behind her, I still think thereís a place for her. A lot of people acknowledge how funny she is, but sheís also a very underrated actress in her own right. She showed some acting ability in REALITY BITES and COP LAND, so she shouldnít be limited to comedic roles. Iím not sure about her current run on 24, but to be honest, I donít watch the show. I just think she can do better than that. Sheís at the age now where she can play the quirky mom or the funny boss. Sheís always great with Ben Stiller, so maybe they should reteam and do something together. I think if she was given the right role, sheíd be great again and Iíd like to see more of her.

Extra Tidbit: Anyone see her latest stand-up show?
Source: Joblo.com
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9:11PM on 06/16/2009

wtf?

Exactly, wtf is with this story?
Exactly, wtf is with this story?
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2:10PM on 06/16/2009

What the hell?

What the hell are you talking about? She was just on 24 for a whole season which is one of the biggest shows on TV.
What the hell are you talking about? She was just on 24 for a whole season which is one of the biggest shows on TV.
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11:52PM on 05/19/2009
I used to like Janeane Garofalo, she was in "Romeo and Michelles highschool reunion" but than she invaded my beloved 24. Now she's the anti christ. worst actress ever. Infact I hate her more than chloe.
I used to like Janeane Garofalo, she was in "Romeo and Michelles highschool reunion" but than she invaded my beloved 24. Now she's the anti christ. worst actress ever. Infact I hate her more than chloe.
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3:27PM on 05/19/2009

Disagree

Normally I'm right there with you on the "C'mon" segments... but I can't agree with you here. When she is her "deadpan" self, it sucks any joy I have invested in whatever she appears in and when she tries to be "sunny" it comes off as fake. I don't think she is pretty, funny, or a very good actress. I think she's lucky to have gotten the breaks that she's gotten and should retire with her money.
Normally I'm right there with you on the "C'mon" segments... but I can't agree with you here. When she is her "deadpan" self, it sucks any joy I have invested in whatever she appears in and when she tries to be "sunny" it comes off as fake. I don't think she is pretty, funny, or a very good actress. I think she's lucky to have gotten the breaks that she's gotten and should retire with her money.
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1:37PM on 05/19/2009
I've been asking that same question. Aside from voicing Colette in "Ratatouille" I haven't seen nor heard from her in about forever. She was often the best thing in movies like "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion" and "The Truth About Cats and Dogs," and held her own in "Mystery Men" which I sem to remember liking, though I only saw it once when it first came out.
I've been asking that same question. Aside from voicing Colette in "Ratatouille" I haven't seen nor heard from her in about forever. She was often the best thing in movies like "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion" and "The Truth About Cats and Dogs," and held her own in "Mystery Men" which I sem to remember liking, though I only saw it once when it first came out.
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1:35PM on 05/19/2009

Her problem

She made a career by bashing the mainstream, but found it more lucrative to go mainstream. Her and Kevin Smith are both confused. Pick a side and stay there. You can't be indie and make films like Zach & Miri. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy both Smith and Garofalo and we know they're both talented, but the whole bashing the mainstream thing is so 90's. BTW - anyone read Smith's Superman script? It's fuckin' genius!
She made a career by bashing the mainstream, but found it more lucrative to go mainstream. Her and Kevin Smith are both confused. Pick a side and stay there. You can't be indie and make films like Zach & Miri. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy both Smith and Garofalo and we know they're both talented, but the whole bashing the mainstream thing is so 90's. BTW - anyone read Smith's Superman script? It's fuckin' genius!
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1:20PM on 05/19/2009
eh, never found her funny enough that I actually wanted to see more of her.
eh, never found her funny enough that I actually wanted to see more of her.
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12:06PM on 05/19/2009

24

For the record, she's playing her role on 24 like a professional. You're not supposed to like her as Janis. That's the point. She's a great actress and has three projects coming up. Good on her.
For the record, she's playing her role on 24 like a professional. You're not supposed to like her as Janis. That's the point. She's a great actress and has three projects coming up. Good on her.
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12:03PM on 05/19/2009
Last seen for a split second at the end of SOUTHLAND TALES.
Last seen for a split second at the end of SOUTHLAND TALES.
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12:03PM on 05/19/2009

Totally!

I agree. I've been a fan of Garofalo since the 90's when she first came on the scene. I believe she would be an asset to many a movie today. I believe her political views may be hindering her, but that shouldn't be a factor. I hope she gets put into more mainstream movies.
I agree. I've been a fan of Garofalo since the 90's when she first came on the scene. I believe she would be an asset to many a movie today. I believe her political views may be hindering her, but that shouldn't be a factor. I hope she gets put into more mainstream movies.
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11:33AM on 05/19/2009

Thank God!

I'm glad that she has all but dissappeared. I never thought she was funny. I was really disappointed that she was on 24 this year, all her character did was whine the whole time. I was so excited and happy when Jack Bauer yelled at her a few episodes back, probably was my favorite moment in TV this season.
I'm glad that she has all but dissappeared. I never thought she was funny. I was really disappointed that she was on 24 this year, all her character did was whine the whole time. I was so excited and happy when Jack Bauer yelled at her a few episodes back, probably was my favorite moment in TV this season.
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11:14AM on 05/19/2009

Really?

I watch 24 and she has been really annoying in that show...even though I think that is what the role calls for, but she just bugs me.
I watch 24 and she has been really annoying in that show...even though I think that is what the role calls for, but she just bugs me.
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10:35AM on 05/19/2009
My friends saw her at Bonnaroo and they said she sucked a big one. I wouldnt necessarily call her bad, but Im not losing any sleep without her
My friends saw her at Bonnaroo and they said she sucked a big one. I wouldnt necessarily call her bad, but Im not losing any sleep without her
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9:50AM on 05/19/2009
I'm sorry to say that i don't agree with ya buddy.
When ever she shows up on screen I have a kinda "urgh" moment. I don't like her at all and I could not tell you why.
I'm sorry to say that i don't agree with ya buddy.
When ever she shows up on screen I have a kinda "urgh" moment. I don't like her at all and I could not tell you why.
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9:14AM on 05/19/2009

Agreed

She's smart, cute, talented... Wish she'd find a good serious role and really run with it. She can be funny, but there's way more to her than that.
She's smart, cute, talented... Wish she'd find a good serious role and really run with it. She can be funny, but there's way more to her than that.
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9:08AM on 05/19/2009
Garofalo= Smug, annoying, unfunny, [link] I could go on and on. You can keep her Sturdy. And if you want to see so much of her, just watch her on "24". She's been in practically every episode this season... much to my annoyance.
Garofalo= Smug, annoying, unfunny, [link] I could go on and on. You can keep her Sturdy. And if you want to see so much of her, just watch her on "24". She's been in practically every episode this season... much to my annoyance.
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8:28AM on 05/19/2009

really??

I hope she never comes back. I have never found anything she has done funny.
I hope she never comes back. I have never found anything she has done funny.
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