In Defense of Jennifer Aniston

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"Aniston's willingness to venture beyond bland star vehicles has demonstrated a becoming fearlessness.

"Aniston has escaped the ghettoization that so often serves as the second act of successful television actors.

"The Good Girl and Friends With Money are indie charmers about the way we live now that grant Aniston the opportunity to undercut her well-scrubbed persona.

"Aniston's best role yet, despite its humble size, remains the wage-slave waitress at a nightmarish theme restaurant in Mike Judge's epochal Office Space.

"It is her air of frustrated ambition that sells this work-sucks gem, belatedly discovered and embraced by a nation of disaffected white-collar workers."

This is from Saul Austerlitz's excellent new book, Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy.

It's about time someone sticks up for the talented Aniston -- and I was nice enough to leave out the part where he says, "Her career has proceeded in fits and starts, every triumph followed by two misfires."



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