- Rot 2019
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Now Jennifer Aniston is a person who doesn't need an introduction, and
hasn't for the last quarter of a century, when she shot to international
stardom with Friends, pretty much the sitcom that defined
the 1990s, a series that was made up from a great ensemble cast that she,
without playing herself to the foreground, managed to outshine. And of the
six leads of the series, she afterwards managed to have the most
consistant career, starring in a looong string of romantic comedies, not
all of them matching her talents, with some gritty parts that allowed her
to stretch thrown in for good measure. But what kept her afloat was that
her performances were never below par (and often the best thing about the
movies she was in), while her private life was free of salacious scandals.
Sure, there were two divorces thrown into the mix, including the whole
story with her, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, but Aniston managed to
handle even that with grace, which in the eyes of many only increased her
likeability and relateability ...
Now fans of Jennifer Aniston
are very likely to like this documentary, as the makers very apparently
are big fans of Aniston themselves, very much mirrored in the enthusiastic
attitude of the movie - but that really hurts the film very little, as it
manages to pack lots of information into its runtime of roughly an hour,
garnered with many interview snippets, clips and only very little talking
heads footage. What's a bit disappointing about this documentary though is
how Leprechaun is just trashed
with a snide remark but otherwise pretty much neglected - now sure, it was
neither Aniston's best movie nor one of her better performances, but in
comparison to the almost endless stream of very similar and pretty
mediocre romantic comedies she seemed to make (exceptions apply of
course), covering this movie, which after all was her first lead, whether
she still likes it or not, would certainly added both colour and
interesting plotpoints to the documentary. But despite that, this is still
a very informative and also very easy-flowing piece on one of the most
popular actresses on screens big and small of hre time.