Jennifer Aniston: 6 of Her Best and Worst Movie Moments (Videos)
Jennifer Aniston may be best known for playing Rachel on the long-running half-hour sitcom Friends, but as of late, the actress has continued to be a presence on the big screen, with recent films like The Break-Up, Friends With Money and Just Go With it.
With her most recent feature Horrible Bosses on track to earn $25 million in its opening weekend, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at some of Aniston's best and worst moments on the big screen, including 1993's horror feature Leprechaun.
Best Movie Moments
The Good Girl (2002)
The Good Girl, which starred Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly and Zooey Deschanel, was an indie black comedy directed by Miguel Arteta from a script by Mike White. It centered on a lonely 30-year-old woman Justine (Aniston) residing in a town in Texas and living a mundane life. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received an 81 percent rating, with Orlando Sentinel critic Jay Boyar -- among others -- praising Aniston's performance. "It's soulful and unslick, and that's apparently just what [Aniston] as always needed to grow into a movie career," he writes.
Office Space (1999)
Written and directed by Mike Judge, Office Space took a satirical look at employees' lives at a non-descript software company in the 1990s, revolving around workers tired with their positions. Aniston played waitress Joanna, the love interest of Peter (Ron Livingston), a computer programmer at Initech. Roger Ebert wrote: "Nuances of behavior are not necessary, because in the cubicle world every personality trait is magnified, and the captives stagger forth like grotesques." The movie was well-received, like The Good Girl, with it landing on Entertainment Weekly's top 100 films from 1983-2008. (Watch scenes here and here.)
Marley & Me (2008)
Though the movie received a 63 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the Christmas film earned $143.1 million in the domestic box office. Aniston starred opposite Owen Wilson as his wife Jenny Grogan in the David Frankel-directed feature based on the autographical book by John Grogan. Los Angeles Times critic Betsy Sharkey said "Aniston is comfortable in Jen's skin" and that "there's an ease between Wilson and Aniston from the first frame."
Worst Movie Moments
The Bounty Hunter (2010)
The Bounty Hunter, co-starring Aniston and Gerard Butler, earned a paltry 7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The film centered around bounty hunter Milo (Butler) who jumps at the chance to chase ex-wife Nicole (Aniston), who jumped bail. Though the film featured big-name stars, the Sony feature grossed $67 million in the domestic box office. The Globe and Mail's Liam Lacey gave The Bounty Hunter one out of four stars, saying, "Aniston, while being handcuffed and physically abused, delivers brittle one-liners, harrumphs in frustration or resorts to nose-crinkling cuteness."
Before Aniston became a household name with Friends a few years later, she made her big-screen debut in the Mark Jones horror film Leprechaun. The film, also starring Warwick Davis, centered on a psychotic, centuries-old leprechaun on a murder spree in North Dakota. Leprechaun received mixed to negative reviews, with a 30 percent Rotten Tomatoes average. But despite the mediocre reviews, Leprechaun did earn $8.6 million in the box office.
Rumor Has It ... (2005)
Aniston played Sarah, a obituary and wedding announcement writer for the New York Times who goes to Pasadena with boyfriend Jeff (Mark Ruffalo) for her sister Annie's (Mena Suvari) wedding. Rumor Has It, which starred Kevin Costner, Shirley MacLaine and Richard Jenkins, was negatively received by critics. The New York Times' A.O. Scott did say Aniston was "as plucky and engaging as ever," but in the overall context of the film, is "wasted in a movie that can't even seem to sustain interest in itself." The San Francisco Chronicle's Mick LaSalle wrote at the time: "She's 36, and the statute of limitations has run out on Aniston's playing immature women with only two brain cells to rub together. She's attractive and mature enough to do better. It's time."