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Welcome to Your Career Comeback, Katherine Heigl

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | December 14, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | December 14, 2016 |

Katherine Heigl’s career since 2010 has been one long series of misfires that all seemed to begin after Heigl ditched Grey’s Anatomy. While she was on it, she scored hits with Knocked Up, 27 Dresses and the awful The Ugly Truth, but it’s been a slow descent ever since, characterized at first by awful underperforming movies (Killers, Life as We Know It), awful box-office bombs (One for the Money, The Big Wedding), and movies that didn’t even make it into theaters (Home Sweet Hell, Jackie and Ryan) and even a movie that did manage to make it into two theaters, but that only put up $4,700 at the box office (Jenny’s Wedding). She also has a short-lived series to her name, State of Affairs, and is set to embark on another in 2017, Doubt.

Oh, and she has a GOOP-like lifestyle blog tracking her life in Utah that is so bad we thought it was an April Fool’s joke. It is not.

Heigl’s reputation as an asshole has not helped, but then again, she is the poster child for the difference between what it means to be a difficult actress (a fading career) versus what it means to be a difficult actor (Oscar nominations, roles as the Joker).


When all else fails, however, there is always the B-movie revenge thriller, where someone sleeps with the wrong person and gets terrorized for it. Bad as they may be, they’re usually hysterically bad, and always good for at least $50 million at the box office. They are basically bigger-budget Lifetime movies (but not much bigger). Remember Beyoncé’s Obsessed? Jennifer Lopez’s The Perfect Guy? Idris Elba’s No Good Deed? You can buy those three DVDs in a package at Wal-Mart now for $13 (I’m not kidding), and within a year, you can probably get a four-DVD set with Unforgettable, starring Katherine Heigl as the crazy, menacing, stalking ex-wife who goes after Rosario Dawson for stealing her life.

It looks terrible. I’m going to watch the shit out of it. Welcome to your career comeback, Heigl!

I am rooting for her. I have never liked her movies, but I find the industry is better with her than without her.

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