We discussed the Adam Sandler curse again the other day — the belief that, save for Drew Barrymore, starring opposite Adam Sandler in a Happy Madison comedy is the kiss of death for an actress’s career. Jessica Biel is the most recent example of that. After starring in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, she followed up with Hole in the Paper Sky (which has been sitting on a studio shelf for two year), Powder Blue (which went straight to DVD earlier this year) and Easy Virtue (which made a whopping $2.5 million at the box-office).
Can Biel break the curse? David O. Russell’s Nailed (written by Kristen Gore, daughter of Al) may not be the movie to break it — it’s run into serious financial problems, and has been in post-production for ages. She is one of the 52 stars in the upcoming romantic-comedy ensemble, Valentine’s Day, so even if that does well, it hardly breaks the curse. After that, she’s starring in The A-Team, which I’m still very uncertain about.
The project she signed on to this week, however, is called F***ing Engaged, which is not exactly a title that mall theaters are going to want to splash on movie posters and hang in their food courts. From screenwriter Julie Brownell, the movie is about “a couple who make a pact to have sex every day leading to their wedding so they don’t turn into their crusty old parents.”
Come again? Every day? Jessica Biel?
Pick yourself up off the floor, fellas. That’s no way to act in a workplace cubicle.
I’m calling it, folks. The Sandler curse will be broken.