8 Stars Who Need to Stay Away from Rom-Coms Forever

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8 Stars Who Need to Stay Away from Rom-Coms Forever

By Nadia Chaudhury | Seriously Random Lists | February 18, 2014 | Comments ()


Everyone has to start somewhere, and with far too many actors and actresses who deserve better, it’s with romantic comedies. And sometimes they’ll stay there, because it’s easy to bask in the warm, well-paid embrace of awkward blind dates, best friends who turn out to be soul mates, enlightening makeovers that reveal true selves, and bet-based set-ups. Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock managed to escape the saccharine grips of the rom-com. Here are some actors and actresses who need to stay out of their rom-com ruts.

1. Channing Tatum
C-Tates should take a cue from his Magic Mike pal Dallas and pick up dangerous but still dirty roles, like a drunk detective or Wall Street maven.

2. Rachel McAdams
Please stop it with the time-travel movies, just, please, enough already.

3. James Marsden
He should leave behind the best mans and 27 dresses and take on more independent films. Marsden can handle it.

4. Anna Faris
Even though Take Me Home Tonight introduced her to the love of her life, Faris has so much potential beyond playing the lovably clumsy blonde. Save that for TV.

5. Ryan Reynolds
He’s more than the guy who wins over the ladies (and looks good in green)—he’s also the man who carried an entire movie himself (Buried), proving he has more non-rom-com range.

6. Kristen Bell
Veronica Mars showed that Bell has talent, but her live-action filmography is filled with more Pizs than Logans.

7. Michael B. Jordan
This serves more as a warning because it only takes one to start, and he’s only been in That Awkward Moment so far, but the man who brought such emotion to Fruitvale Station, Friday Night Lights, and The Wire shouldn’t have to be reduced to “looking to get some” roles.

8. Jennifer Aniston
One of the rom-com figureheads, Aniston can definitely play better than the woman looking for love, if The Good Girl and Horrible Bosses gleamed anything.

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  • kirbyjay

    Just watched Dallas Buyers Club last night. Damn! Matthew McC!
    That is all.

  • Mari

    I saw the link and was excited to see the entry thinking you were going to point out who doesn't do the genre justice. Instead, the article is predicated on the assumption that the genre is bad and that actors can do better. Disappointing. And somewhat elitist.

  • The assumption is correct, though. The genre -is- bad, and they -can- do better.

  • Rachel McAdams should go ahead and retire, now that I'm over my last thing and ready to settle down.

  • Pretty Hate Machine

    I thought Kristen Bell did a really good job in the movie The Lifeguard. She made me dislike her and distrust her cute little self, so that was a step in the right direction.

  • Maddy

    Romcoms aren't inherently bad - these actors just need to stop being in crappy romcoms (which admittedly there are a lot more crappy than great ones). Rachel Mcadams is one of those people who should just be in better movies in general - I actually really liked About Time though.

  • Berry

    Upvoted to support the notion that romcoms don't need to be bad. They should just be more in the vein of Philadelphia Story or It Happened One Night (minus the casual talk of domestic violence, perhaps) and less 27 dresses or the one with Rainbow Killer and the Scottish dude... Butler! Gerard Butler.

  • Mrs. Julien


  • Berry

    Different scene, but I've always thought that Clark Gable eating a carrot and teaching Claudette Colbert how to hitch-hike was super hot. I don't know how a man can eat a raw carrot sexily, but he can and does.

  • Maddy

    I'd rather 27 Dresses than the Ugly Truth ... I have such hatred for that stupid movie

  • dizzylucy

    Me too. It's rare that a movie actually makes me mad at its stupidity, but that one sure did.

  • Sean

    I don't think you have to worry about Ryan Reynolds being in any more romcoms. Or anything else, save a sitcom. His film career seems to have been ended by Green Lantern. Save for cartoon voice work, he has done nothing since.

  • Let's just be clear: The Break Up was not a romcom.

    [It came out on my birthday, and whatever year that was, I had a really shitty birthday, so I went to the movies, by myself, wanting something to just make me laugh. That movie TRICKED me. I'm still resentful.]

  • Guest

    5. Ryan Reynolds - He’s more than the guy who wins over the ladies (and looks good in green)—he’s also the man who carried an entire movie himself (Buried), proving he has more non-rom-com range.

    I would think that his box office record says otherwise but Y.O.M.V.

  • 2006, a stoner, on his stoner couch, is all 'Hey, what if, like, Matthew Mcconaughey... was in good movies?'

  • Bert_McGurt

    And that stoner was...still naked and playing the bongos.

  • chanohack

    My mind was screaming "RACHEL MCADAMS" when I clicked on this article. Yes, PLEASE. I watch her even in shitty movies, but still.

  • dilwazr

    YES! I completely agree here. I know The Break-Up doesn't have a reputation as a great (or good) movie or anything, but I really thought Jennifer Aniston was terrific in it--very honest and natural. Kind of heart-breaking!

    Also Kristen Bell, come on. You can do so much better.

  • Drake

    You can almost taste Michael B. Jordan's nipples in that photo.

  • e jerry powell


    That's ERICA KANE'S STEPSON you're talking about there...


  • Bedewcrock

    I am so thoroughly impressed that an All My Children History Project exists in this world. It's a thing of true beauty.

  • e jerry powell

    I may be hateful for this, but his name is still Charming Potato.

  • Ingrid Betancourt

    Charming Potato is our loveable starch enemy.... we should never forget that.

  • Kala

    Read "C-Tates" and sirens started going off in my head. When did the Pajiba-approved name get replaced? Was this put to a vote? When were Pajibites going to be informed?

    I like the guy, but he will always and forever be Charming Potato.

  • e jerry powell

    This being the first time I've read an article here where the main body of the text didn't refer to him as Charming Potato in a long time.

  • emmalita

    C-Tates could be a shortening of Charming Taters. Maybe?

  • cruzzercruz

    I only refer to him as that, verbally and to people who definitely don't read this site. Mostly, they get confused, but every once in a while, it clicks for them.

  • Siege

    I really like him, but I also still call him Charming Potato. He IS charming...and also slightly potato-y.

  • John W

    Ryan Reynolds needs to be paired up with Shane Black.
    Jennifer Aniston would probably be good match to Woody Allen.
    Rachel McAdams with Chan-Wook Park.
    Anna Faris with the Farelly Brothers.
    Kristen Bell has worked with Judd Apatow before hasn't she? How about the Coen Brothers?

  • Ben

    Oh man Reynolds with Shane Black would be amazing.

  • e jerry powell

    I think Kristen Bell can ride "House of Lies" for the time being, now that her character has grown several pairs of balls. Seeing that can give many directors better ideas of things she should be in.

  • Berry

    I started watching House of Lies last night, and got three episodes into season one. And like Guest, I'm not feeling it too much. But Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell are both favorites and pretty compelling, so I'll persevere for now.

  • Guest

    Has the show gotten better? The first season was a mess and I gave up on it.

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  • e jerry powell

    At least now Jeannie is fighting back against Marty. She kinda put his balls in a vise, and now he can't manage. Between the Rainmaker shitting on her in season one and Marty shitting on her at the end of season two, she's taking no prisoners now.

    But since it's on against "Girls" on Sunday nights...

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