Let’s face it, Jennifer Aniston is famous for her role as Rachel Green in the TV series “Friends”. One of the most popular comedy series in television history, ‘Friends’ catapulted Jennifer Aniston to mega-stardom but, since the TV series ended, Aniston has made few financially successful movies. Some actresses can transition from TV to movies, but a lot can’t. With Aniston’s latest movie ‘The Switch’ bombing at the box office, it looks like Jennifer Aniston is one of the latter. Is it time for Aniston to quit making movies and go back to television?
In its debut weekend, Jennifer Aniston’s latest movie ‘The Switch’ grossed a paltry $8.1 million, low compared to Sylvester Stallone’s new movie ‘The Expendables’ which hit the top slot with a gross of $16.5 million. When you look at Jennifer Aniston’s movies though, most have been low money-makers, a sure sign Aniston isn’t movie star caliber.
One of Aniston’s few movie successes was ‘Bruce Almighty’, a comedy starring Aniston and Jim Carrey. The movie grossed $242 million in the United States during its movie theater run. Less successful were this year’s ‘The Bounty Hunter’, which was panned by critics and only grossed $67 million in the US. ‘Management’, an independent movie Aniston starred in and produced, was her worst movie ever – grossing less than $1 million in the United States and just over another $1 million worldwide. ‘Love Happens’ wasn’t much better. Sure, it grossed $34 million worldwide but, as it cost over $18 million to make it, there wasn’t much of a profit there either.
Aniston has had some critical success with her roles in ‘The Good Girl’ and ‘The Object of My Affection’, but critical success doesn’t count at the box office and, eventually, if Jennifer Aniston isn’t bringing in the money, she’ll find offers to make movies start to dry up.
The problem with most of Jennifer Aniston’s movies and likely one of the reasons she’s not making it as a movie star, is the subject matter she chooses. In her 20s and 30s, when Aniston made ‘The Object of My Affection’ and ‘Along Came Polly’, she could still get away with playing the pretty girl-next-door. Soon to turn 42 though, Aniston can’t keep playing cutesy girl roles; she’s too old. Even with the great body and pretty face, there comes a point when every actress has to move onto more mature roles and Jennifer Aniston has hit that time.
Personally, I’ve enjoyed a fair few of Jennifer Aniston’s movies. I thought she was wonderful in ‘The Good Girl,’ sympathetic and cute in ‘She’s The One’ and funny in ‘Bruce Almighty’. But, a decade and a half later, Aniston’s acting is predictable and she’s out-aged these types of movie roles which means, if she still wants to be a movie star, she must find roles for more mature women or her days on the movie screen are numbered.
There’s nothing wrong with going back to TV though, if that’s what Aniston ends up doing. ‘Friends’ is one of the best American TV series of all time and, if Jennifer Aniston finds a role that funny and that smart, she could again be one of television’s most popular actresses. But, with only a few years left to make it big on the big screen, Aniston needs to get smarter in picking roles or give up the ghost now.
Jennifer Aniston’s new movie ‘The Switch’ bombs at the box office – Daily Mail