Anna Kendrick Is 'Saturday Night Live's' Adorable Dong-Loving Disney Princess
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Anna Kendrick Is 'Saturday Night Live's' Adorable Dong-Loving Disney Princess

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | April 6, 2014 | Comments ()

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Anna Kendrick was great as a host in this week’s Saturday Night Live, and the writers definitely took advantage of her singing/dancing strengths. Unfortunately, they didn’t take much advantage of her comedy skills. It was not a particularly funny episode of SNL, but it had its entertaining moments.

Cold Open — Not a particularly compelling start to the program, as the cast decided to take up the scintillating Congressional hearings with the CEO of GM regarding her embarrassing testimony about the Chevy Bolt’s faulty ignition switch. Yeah, it’s about as good as it sounds. (Score: 3/10)

Anna Kendrick — Kendrick kicks it off with a delightful, Beauty and the Beast-like show tune about the details that go into putting together an episode. It’s not very funny, but it’s performed incredibly well, and Kendrick is spectacular. Spectacular. (Score: 7/10)

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Fox & Friends — They take up Obamacare, specifically Fox’s penchant for exaggerating the problems it’s causing. They also bring on Neil DeGrasse Tyson (Kenan Thompson) to talk global warming. Per usual, the sketch is so-so at best, but the corrections are fun. (Score: 5/10)

Dongs All Over the World — A song about female travelers who fly around the world to see and destroy, uh, dongs. It’s performed well, and it has great production values, and Anna Kendrick is great. Unfortunately, the premise is more blunt than clever. It’s not been a strong start to the show. (Score: 6/10)

Little Mermaid Parody — Well. Ariel raps, and there was a moment when the sound engineers piped in the wrong song and there was a minor Ashlee Simpson moment, but the sketch itself falls flat, despite a semi-amusing premise. After the Beauty and the Beast opening, I almost feel like the writers’ knowledge of Kendrick was limited only to the thought that she looks like a Disney princess and that she can sing. (Score: 4/10; 9/10 for Anna Kendrick’s mermaid outfit)

Ariel The Little Mermaid, Anna Kendrick ~ SNL 4… by HumanSlinky

Kyle Mooney Sketch — Yeah, well, OK. It’s an interesting, and an interestingly odd sketch about a strange love connection that kind of works almost in spite of itself. (Score: 6.5/10)

Weekend Update — Colin Jost’s lips curl slightly upwards after every joke, whether it lands or not. (They usually do not). He’s still not … very good. And Weekend Update is in a slump.

Chancellor Angela Merkel — Kate McKinnon is terrific in this character (appearing for the second time on Weekend Update), but the character herself isn’t all that interesting. (Score: 5/10)

Brooks Whelan — Whelan is on to talk about the dangers of alcohol. Congratulations, Brooks Whelan! You’re on TV, apparently telling a story he came up with around 11:15 p.m. earlier that night. (Score: 3/10)

George R.R. Martin — Every joke you’ve ever heard about George R.R. Martin 1000 times already crammed into one three minutes segment! (Score: 3/10)

Les Jeunes de Paris — It’s been awhile since we’ve seen this sketch. Kendrick is the perfect host for it, though, and the “Cups” joke is swell. (Score: 9/10)

Principal Frye — Attention teacher and students … this recurring sketch is completely played out. (Score: 2/10)

Big Joe — It’s not saying much, but I laughed more at this sketch than any other tonight, though I think that it’s mostly because it’s late, and it was just silly enough to work. (Score: 7/10, if you’re loopy/intoxicated. 4/10 if you’re sober)

Pharrell’s Backup Singer Audition — This entire sketch was just an opportunity to show that Anna Kendrick can sing the hell out of a Rent song, and she really can. (Score: 2/10 for the sketch; 10/10 for Kendrick’s singing performance). No embed available.

NCAA Tournament ‘Best of the White Guys’ — Amusing. (Score: 5/10) No embed available.

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  • Olorin

    I loved Kate McKinnon's Russian Lady during the Olympics.

  • Haystacks

    I bet they could have gotten Patrick Stewart for the french sketch. Put in some effort SNL!

  • kirstens

    To be fair, "Dongs" is a rebuttal of sorts to the ill-conceived (yet chart-topping) "Talk Dirty to Me" by Jason Derulo, which features profound lyrics like "Been around the world, don't speak the language/ But your booty don't need explaining." I appreciate them turning the ridiculous, borderline racist song on its head. That being said, the execution of it was "meh."

  • manting

    Does anyone else have Comcast/xfinity? I watched this episode ondemand and several sketches weren't in it. Its like they were edited out. Does anyone else have this issue?

  • manting

    The lesson I learned from this episode - Anna Kendrick should NEVER rap. EVER.

  • TheAggroCraig

    I straight up do not get the French sketch. Is there a joke in there that I'm missing?

  • manting

    are you the meanest mofo lo down around this town?

  • Tom

    It felt like they really would rather have been making an episode of Glee.

  • Wrestling Fan

    Jost isn't just the painfully unfunny half of Weekend Update, he's also the head writer.

    Very telling about the state of SNL these days.

  • Repo

    No doubt. Good lord I miss Seth Myers. If there was one thing you could rely on, it's that Update was going to deliver. No more.

  • Here's EW recap headline: "Clever writing, raised energy, and a host that rapped more than Drake"

    Looks like they're going to have to tap the prestige reserves to acquire some better recappers. Really weak episode. Kendrick is supremely talented, but they had no idea how to use her. This is a recurring problem on SNL.

  • Jim

    OK, I played "Dongs" - gawdamn they take a joke and streeeeeettttttttcccchhh is so tight, there's no room to laugh.

    If they were trying to make something fun and witty that objectified the male swimsuit area they should have watched Rupaul and Big Freedia's "Peanut Butter" first.

  • I bailed after the ill-conceived "Dongs" video. They were clearly trying for "Let's Do It On My Twin Bed Pt. 2" and failed. And I'm back to thinking Anna Kendrick is an overrated actor with a snarky Twitter.

  • Coolg82

    Its a good thing Anna Kendrick was in this episode, or else it probably would have been panned this week.

  • The show hasn't had a host with a musical background since Drake, so I had a feeling they would go overboard the the song and dance bits. I thought the Little Mermaid was the strongest skit of the night, but even it was a song or so too long. Give Kendrick credit, she sold everything she was in.

  • manting

    really. For someone who is supposed to be a musical talent she is the worst rapper Ive ever seen. Natlie Portman was 1000 percent better when she was rapping on SNL.

  • We get it, we get it: you hates you some Kendrick.

  • manting

    no, I just don't think she walks on water - there's a lot of play in between the two.

  • dizzylucy

    Anna was a very good host, but overall not much exciting in terms of sketches.

    I've never cared for Les Jeunes de Paris, but that one was fairly entertaining. i also liked the Little Mermaid one, and Big Joe with the violin at the end made me laugh.
    I really like when the ladies all get to do a song sketch together, but this one wasn't that great.

  • Genevieve Burgess

    My roommate enjoyed the Kyle Mooney sketch a lot because it reminded him so much of his friends' inability to pull the trigger with a girl they liked. But other that that, the episode did seem kind of adrift, with a single paddle labeled "Hey, but she can sing, you guys!"

  • Jifaner

    I think it must be because I have a little girl who was absolutely obsessed with Ariel, but I really liked the Little Mermaid one. Aidy Bryant killed it as Ursula haha.

  • Rocabarra

    Ditto, funniest bit of the night and solidified my love for Aidy Bryant.

  • Merski

    I felt the same way! I actually liked the sketch because of Anna Kendrick's spot on impressions of shitty modern pop songs.

  • $99571230

    No Fritzi?

  • This was an awful episode. All one note premises and the writers had no idea what to do with Kendrick other than have her sing and dance. The Beauty and the Beast opening was well done but that was it. To say the writing is bad would imply someone is writing these sketches. They are so thin its more like single line concepts and then the cast is told to improv. The loss of Seth Meyers is glaring at this point.

  • alacrify

    Dead on review. The Jim Parsons show all over again. I kept waiting for them to do a sketch where she could be FUNNY and all they did was "Anna Kendrick the singer"

  • When even Anna Kendrick can't make me enjoy SNL it confirms that I just can't enjoy the format. Back to not caring about SNL.

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