It’s You Again, Kristen Bell

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Veronica Mars. Wow. What a show. Shame that there wasn’t enough of you tuning in to keep it on air. Yes, you. I blame you, you that refused to watch. And yes, I am a bit bitter. And no, I’m a realist. I don’t think there is ever going to be a continuation to the tales of Neptune, definitely not on the big screen.

Kirsten Bell‘s roles since then haven’t really compared – let’s face facts, Ms. Mars is a real Veronica Sawyer humdinger of a role, a genuine Agent Cooper, a Freddy Krueger. These are the parts that actors just can’t outrun, no matter how talented they are or how many opportunities they seize. Kristen Bell’s newly minted deal to star in Andy Fickman‘s You Again will be about as much use in outpacing the spectre of Veronica as a pogo stick would be in fleeing a trident missile.

The film is a wedding upheaval comedy. This is a curious subgenre. I’d say it includes My Best Friend’s Wedding (good), Bride Wars (dullish), The Wedding Crashers (fair) and even goes back as far as The Graduate, at a pinch (okay, a hard pinch – but what a film). My advice to budding millionaires with pitch meetings with studio execs this week: take in a wedding upheaval concept.

In this particular variation on the theme, Bell’s character discovers that her brother is engaged to the very girl who made her high school years utterly miserable. Not a bad set up, really – but I’m expecting it to play out in a rather formulaic manner.

I’d suggest Jessica Alba as the other female lead, as she seems to make a good foil for Bell, both physically and in manner. Some might also say – meow – that they are opposite in acting ability but, to be honest, I can’t quite remember Alba acting to make a comment on it.

Andy Fickman was most recently responsible for the Witch Mountain rehash and before that The Gameplan, which muddied a perfectly fine, if a tad soft, Audrey Wells screenplay. Shame. Not enough of Wells’ scripts make it to the screen that we can just waste them.

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