We've Entered Phase Two of Reese Witherspoon's Public Image Resuscitation

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We've Entered Phase Two of Reese Witherspoon's Public Image Resuscitation

By Vivian Kane | Trailers | July 10, 2014 | Comments ()


Reese Witherspoon’s new movie Wild is about a recovering heroin addict who sets off on a 1,000 mile journey to cleanse herself of feelings and hike the pain away. It’s based on a true story, and it looks like Eat, Pray Love, but with more heroin. It’s like Heroin, Sex, Hiking. Except that that title makes it sound like something I want to see.

Note the lack of makeup because SHE’S JUST LIKE US. She’s not some jackhole who shouts “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM” at cops and Regina Georges elevators full of celebrities! She’ so REEEEAAAAAL!

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  • You know, I'm no big fan of Reese Witherspoon but is this kind of vitriol really necessary?

  • Maille K Yarwood

    Love the story, but I think Reese is miscast.

  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    I miss the old Reese Witherspoon from election and that movie she did with Keithet Sutherland where she played white trash. Those were glorious times for her. It's sad, because from those, there's no denying she has, or used to have talent.

  • Art3mis

    Reese Witherspoon optioned the rights to this book more than a year before the drunken incident with the cops. I'm not sure why this is being painted as some PR move instead of a serious movie that she found the source material for and is producing because she likes and believes in the project. I also don't see how playing a heroin addict is an attempt to make us think she's JUST LIKE US.

    This was a really disappointing, nasty post. Yes, Reese did some entitled, drunk shit in the past year or so. She's hardly the only, and certainly not the worst, person in Hollywood to do so. Somehow I don't think you would have written this the same way if she was a man.

  • googergieger

    "Somehow I don't think you would have written this the same way if she was a man."

    Explain, Witherspoon fan club member.

  • cranky_chick

    Cheryl Wild's memoir is awesome, but I think this movie is trying way too hard with the symbolism and the redemption angles. The book had elements of both, but it wasn't entirely composed of this.

    Personally, I just wish Reese would sit down and re-watch "Freeway" and "Election" and find similar roles to those to portray. Her constant attempts on screen to be America's sweetheart are irritating. She's way better as a bitchy, complicated character. Unlikeable characters like those are at least interesting

  • There's nothing Nature loves more than unprepared idiots wandering around, trying to find themselves.

  • e jerry powell

    The Circle of Life...

  • Classic

    I read this novel and as others said it starts dragging a lot towards the end. Also you know how the ending is going to play out. and they should have gotten someone else to play this role that I could really see being addicted to heroin and is striving to overcome it. And yep this and her other movie look super Oscar baity.

  • Hollyg

    I don't think they could have chosen someone else for this role, since Whiterspoon actually bought the rights five minutes after Oprah annouced Wild was going to be part of her book club. Girl has vision.

    But yeah, it would make a whole more sense with a younger actress.

  • e jerry powell

    I'm claiming Whiterspoon as my very own.

  • Hollyg

    Hahaha it's a much better name, I think!

  • Which one is Pink?

    She's a love child of Tracy Flick and Regina George.

  • Lord Inferno

    Holy crackers! Will you look at the fucking pack she has got. That woman really did not like herself too much when she started out on this thing. Talk about being burdened. I know this is set about twenty years ago, but gorram that thing is a yard sale.

  • Kala

    That's a huge point in the memoir; she is so clueless about long distance hiking that she takes any and everything with her. It takes on a life of its own (it's even gifted with a name) and is one of the few humorous points in the story.

  • My wife read this book, loved it, and wants to go see the movie. That'd be fine except that she's going to want me to go see it with her. At some point directly after(probably during dinner in a restaurant near the theater) she's going to ask me what I thought of it. I'll say 'It was fine' and she'll say 'No, be honest, what did you REALLY think.' And then we're going to have a fight.

  • Dulce et Banana

    She may end up hating the film herself. Loving the book doesn't ensure the film will be loved as well. (cof cof Could Atlas cof)

    Yeah, cheer up, maybe she'll HATE it.

  • Eat the pain away. EAT THE PAIN AWAY!

  • Kala

    Totally adopting that as a war cry the next time I set foot into a Cheesecake Factory.

  • NateMan

    My wife has learned, by making me go see The Time-Traveler's Wife, that there are certain movies she should just see without me.

  • becks2point0

    Great book. Awful movie.

  • e jerry powell

    Well, if it's a Cheesecake Factory...

  • googergieger

    "a recovering heroin addict who sets off on a 1,000 mile journey to cleanse herself of feelings and hike the pain away."

    So in order to stop being addicted to heroin, she does something that makes her feel like she just did heroin in the most complicated way imaginable? This true story is stupid.

  • e jerry powell

    What else is in the Teaches of Peaches?

  • AM

    Yes, let's all dogpile on one of the few big releases this summer that stars a woman, passes the Bechdel test, does not seek to objectify or demonize or caricature its female lead, is not solely about her relationship with a man, and portrays a woman completing a stereotypically male quest type activity. Damn, I hate those kinds of movies and I wish studios would just stop making so many of them. I also hate it when actresses don't look like they woke up in a L'oriel studio every morning. I hate everything about this movie because I am a feminist but I think other women are bitches just for existing.

  • ERM 275

    And of course the first comment on the post calls a woman a "snotty bitch." Great start to a Friday. Surprisingly or not, I find the men who write for this site and post comments to have a more feminist-informed perspective than the women.

  • You forget that I am not required to enjoy, or even like, something, just because a woman is in it, because I happen to have ovaries. Sometimes movies are just pretentious crap, mmkay?

  • AM

    I'm confused. Are you the author of the article? Have you even seen the movie? Because the author seems to be saying there's no way this can be any good because of Reese Witherspoon's entitled behavior and attempt to redeeem herself by, not wearing makeup? Whatever the critique is, it sure doesn't seem to come from the film itself but rather Witherspoon's perceived bitchiness. And that's my problem. You don't have to like everything women do to be feminist, but it also doesn't seem very feminist to automatically dislike something a woman does for reasons related to her gender.

  • For example: I think Russell Crowe sounds like a complete ass much of the time, but since he seems to be guilty of assholery and not outright harm to people or groups, I still enjoy his work. I'm not a big fan of Witherspoon, but that's from before her personal problems became public. This does look like a movie I might see, although I probably would wait until it came out on HBO.

  • barlowjk

    Dislike the movie all you want, but it should be for reasons other than that Reese Witherspoon is like OMG such a bitch, can you even stand it? Which is what seems to be happening here.


  • Actually, I think the source material is the problem. The author sounds like an idiot. I also hated Into The Wild for similar reasons. This chick is just lucky she didn't die.

  • poopnado

    I kind of felt the same way. The book dragged, and a lot of it felt whiny, except Strayed actually did have a hard life (she just harped on certain points a little too much). I do have to give her credit for being incredibly tough. I'm a backpacker, and I definitely would have quit after five miles if I were as ill-prepared as her. Half of her problem was idiocy, but she kept going, even after she realized she had made a huge mistake. Maybe you read that as more idiocy, and you could be right, but I don't know...I've been there. I've been stuck way down on a trail, feet killing me, knees throbbing, not knowing why I decided to leave the comfort of my couch, wanting to quit, and I have a lot more knowledge and experience backpacking than she had when she started.

    Witherspoon might not be the best person to play her, but I don't want to judge her acting based on her possibly being a bitch in real life. Christian Bale is a known asshole, but this site loves him for his acting. This isn't a typical role for her, but maybe she'll do well.

    I'm excited for the scenery and I think it might inspire more women to believe that they can enjoy the wilderness and take on more challenges on their own. If someone as clueless as Strayed could do it, so can you...?

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I hated Into The Wild too, the whole thing was so senseless and stupid. I'm not a fan of Witherspoon, I doubt I'll see this.

  • EllenAllen

    Almost all quest-like journeys begin with a fair amount of idiocy -- where of course you will trade your perfectly good cow for 3 magic beans. What becomes important in the story is that you don't remain an idiot, but learn as you go.

  • barlowjk

    That is very true. She meets up with a lot more people than they're showing in the trailer, though.

  • barlowjk

    Yes, I am also bewildered by the negative tone of this post.

  • Untamed

    Tried to read the source material, the book, but got bogged down in all the disingenuous sappiness and the contradictory facts. If this is great writing I'll eat all of Ernest Hemingway's work. When he used the facts of his life to write his heroes' struggles he had the grace to acknowledge he was writing fiction. Maybe it will make better entertainment as film. I have my doubts.

  • dilwazr

    Yeah... sometimes I wish posts on this site were a little better informed. Saying this is "based on a true story" makes it sound kind of trite. The memoir this is based upon is actually really great, as are the other things Cheryl Strayed has written. Try this one on for size: http://therumpus.net/2011/02/d...

    Or maybe I'm just sensitive because I find her whole story really hits close to home. OR MAYBE I'M JUST ON MY PERIOD.

  • emmalita

    That was a lovely piece. Thanks for the link.

  • e jerry powell


  • e jerry powell

    I must have missed phase one...

  • emmalita

    Her husband went to rehab.

  • e jerry powell

    Ah. I thought we called that the Téa Leoni method.

  • emmalita

    The voice over jumps right to the conclusion saving the audience from any messy soul searching or feeling. I think this is the kind of role Witherspoon could do really well, but the trailer looks too Oscar-baity.

  • Kala

    I agree. I listened to the audiobook and while a lot of it was really engaging (anything that dealt with her mother just broke my heart), it began to drag towards the end. This isn't too terribly surprising, since it's a memoir about a very very long WALK, but as you pointed out, the reader is so assured of her salvation that impatience begins to settle in.

    While I wasn't one of the people who really connected with the novel in an ecstatic way, there were some bright spots in it. Unfortunately, I don't see how much of it will make it into a film that appears to only made room for overwrought symbolism.

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    Yuck. She's too old for this part and she's overrated. Cannot stand this snotty bitch.

  • Is she too old because of the age of the woman who actually did this? Because doing stupid shit in an attempt to fix yourself has no age limit.

  • barlowjk

    Yeah, in the memoir Cheryl Strayed was in her early twenties. Reese didn't look bad for her age, but she doesn't look 22.

  • e jerry powell

    Or just doing stupid shit for the sake of doing stupid shit.

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