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Last Night on "Saturday Night Live," The Writers Hung Jennifer Lawrence Out to Dry

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | January 20, 2013 | Comments ()


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Jennifer Lawrence is 22 years old. She's a two-time Oscar nominee, and she's as likable and personable as anyone in Hollywood, and maybe the weirdest A-list actress since a young Angelina Jolie. She's in prestige pictures, and good franchises, and while she's become tabloid fodder, she doesn't play into it. She's terrific, and should've been the ideal host for a sketch show like Saturday Night Live.

Unfortunately, despite a month to come up with material, and the best week in months for current events ripe for mockery, Saturday Night Live's writers failed their host and their audience last night. It was a bad show; not embarrassingly bad, just boring and uninspired. Puns, people. SO MANY PUNS.

Except for the Lumineers, there really weren't any highlights last night, but here are the 5 least awful sketches of the night, plus the monologue. The monologue, actually, had a weird way of bringing out the Miley in Lawrence; that's not a flattering thing.

I laughed maybe twice at B-108 Morning Show, an obnoxious early morning FM talk show featuring a host (Lawrence) who's mad rhymes, to the frustration of her co-hosts, didnt actually rhyme.

The Starbucks Verismo ad was obvious, but semi-amusing, except for the fact that the writers behind it clearly don't go to the same kinds of Starbucks as the rest of us, because corporate though it is, the baristas at the Starbucks I go to are still more hipster-y than sassy black stereotype.

In the Hunger Games Press Conference, the two recurring jokes were how hungry the press members are and how short Peeta is. That's the best they could do?

Top Chef Dog -- a cooking contest featuring dogs -- should've been the sketch of the night, but it was weighed down by terrible puns.

Finally, the parody ad for a Hobbit trilogy that's been extended to 18 episodes had the same sense of humor you'd see in, say, email forwards from your uncle.

The night wasn't a complete loss, however. Seth Meyers delivered a few decent jokes during Weekend Update.

More importantly, The Lumineers were outstanding. I typically don't pay much attention to the musical guests, but I saw these guys open for Old Crow Medicine Show last year, and they blew me away (they joined Old Crow with a rousing encore of The Band's "The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down" that disturbed the topsoil in three states).

Here's Hey Ho

and Stubborn Love.



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  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Jenna Louise-Coleman is in the Lumineers?

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    I guess this is the new one that has to be everywhere.

  • Idle Primate

    she was simply outstanding in The Silver Linings Playbook.

  • Viking

    I didn't get that Danielle sketch at all, it was just a boring, drawn out parody of a foreign soft core porn and ...I just thought it sucked. I felt like I might have been missing out on the joke. If so someone let me know.

  • TheAggroCraig

    This episode taught me 2 things:

    1) The Lumineers have more than one song

    2) Jennifer Lawrence serving me food and insulting me is the weirdest thing I never knew I wanted

  • HMDK

    Okay, you have a bad episode of SNL, which is predictable. And fuck'em. But however nice Jennifer Lawrence is, I've never gotton why Pajiba likes her so. Hunger Games wasn't a masterpiece, it was a movie setting me up to care about exactly nothing and doing it badly. It wasn't Transformers level bad, but it didn't really make me give shit. Maybe she's a great person and wonderful in interviews. I have no idea, since I rarely watch that sort of thing. I just don't se how it matters.

  • special snowflake

    Lawrence is a temporary fascination of the moment, which I'm just fine with. For months I've been able to see 'Hunger Games' any time instantly, & I'm simply not interested in watching it; however, I've searched a few utube vids of interviews w/ Ellen & Letterman's recent one, because she is a really hot young lady with a great public personality & is really hot. I recently saw 'Playbook' on a source that didn't require my leaving home only because Lawrence is in it, and she's hot and I love her character but think the movie itself sucks b/c you can't believe the story, too contrived.

    But I remember going through the same motions when Sandra Bullock came from nowhere & starred in 'Speed', and when Kate Hudson was in 'Almost Famous', and when Diane Lane appeared in anything: Lawrence will only dominate the entertainment news until she's 1) overexposed; 2) not in an Oscar-nominated movie; 3) the 'newness' wears off; and/or 4) the next young, hot fascination comes along.

    Just give it a little time.

  • HMDK

    So in other words... she's a special snowflake? Heh.

    My point was more about this site... Why is it starting to champion folks in this way? There's nothing wrong with cheering for the good gals or guys, but please don't do it in the vernacular of institutional idiocy.

  • Idle Primate

    i thought the hunger games was terrible, due to the director and perhaps screenwriter, but not the actors. She was great in winter's bone. and the Silver Linings Playbook. i think she has a long great career ahead of her.

    i haven't seen any interviews with her, but i get how one can become more fond of an actor when on top of being engaging on the screen, they seem likeable, good people. the same way people are sometimes put off by an actors personal life. people love bill murray, not just because he's the bomb on screen, but because he seems like a goofy fun person in real life. people hate mel gibson, not because of his films, but his publicized personal life.

  • HDMK

    I've heard good things about Winters Bone, and I mean REALLY good things, so I'll watch that at the first opportunity. And I agree with your second assesment, that we can love people for different reasons, but that it shouldn't carry over. Which was my point. Though I have to admit, I never gave much of my excremental output for Gibson.

  • Idle Primate

    there is nothing rational in which stars ugly sides i accept, and which i reject. I'm a fickle ape. mostly, that stuff has no impact on me, i entirely separate work from identity. That said, when a actor seems, well, nice, my goodwill goes up

  • Leigh

    I didn't get the love for her either, haven't seen any of her movies. But if you watch the David Letterman interview that was posted here a few days back... you might get it. I admit, I jumped on the love bandwagon.

  • Skyler Durden

    I was dying during the bad waitress sketch, and found Danielle to be weirdly hypnotic, although I would have liked to see some more feathered hair.

    The Top Dog thing though...holy crap. I almost couldn't believe what I was seeing. It reminded me of a real-life, unironic version of a TGS sketch.

  • oilybohunk7

    A agree with all of this.

  • WetCelery

    It rather annoys me when they always play Hey Ho on tele, it must be something they are forced to do. There are better songs on that album, Stubborn Love included. I'd like to see them play Slow it Down at least once on any of these late night appearances.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    I found the Daniele skit strangly funny. I didn't catch too much more of the show. And I only tuned it because of JLaw.

  • sean

    I didn't think it was awful. Awful would have been memorable. This was totally forgetful. I watched it, and barely remember it 12 hrs later. I remember shows from the 80s more than this one.

  • Idle Primate

    ouch, that says a lot

  • poopnado

    Poor J Law. At least she looks like a million bucks.

  • Bodhi

    I thought the show was awful, but now I'm dreaming of that Old Crow + Lumineers cover of one of my favorite songs by my favorite band

  • The Lumineers, a band for those who found Mumford & Sons too exciting.

  • Hey, those banjo solos should come with a warning.

    http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr...

  • joancarol

    THE worst SNL I ever seen.
    Seriously.
    Flat embarrassing.

  • QueeferSutherland

    The rap radio skit always gets me for some reason, and the restaurant skit, while funny, left a lot on the table.

  • That restaurant was pretty much the highlight, and that's depressing. I'm for anything that skewers stupid sass restaurants.

  • idiosynchronic

    Bartender, I'll have what Neyla Pekarek is having. Is she always that *bubbly* on stage? That's an utter joy of performing I haven't seen in a long time.

  • Melissa

    I came home to the B-108 sketch, and seeing as I am in Minnesota, I expected some Minnesota jokes, or at least an accent, but of course not. What is the point of clearly setting it in Minnesota without showing? It makes no sense to me.

  • ,

    Looks like my time at the bar was better spent.

  • "that disturbed the topsoil in three states" Yeah but to be fair, those were north eastern states, which the western half of the country calls "counties". And the soil was already loose because of all the gator activity.

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