Julia Roberts is a well known American actress who may be best known for her role in the romantic comedy “Pretty Woman.” However, it was her role as the tenacious Erin Brockovich which won her an Academy Award in 2001. Appearing in over 35 films, Roberts has won the hearts of many and has undoubtedly claimed the title of “America’s Sweetheart.” Her brilliant smile and cackled laugh have been stamped in the hearts of her many fans. However, not everyone would agree that each of her movies were top quality for such a high paid actress. So then I ask, what are Julia Robert’s best and worst movies?
The Three Worst Julia Robert’s Movies:
1. The Mexican
The allure of this movie was of course the pairing of two beloved stars: Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt. However, the two spent a large chunk of the movie on different journeys and in unpredictable scenes that inevitably led to disarray. Not only did I barely care for the characters, but I am unsure of what the overall purpose of the film was. Although there were a few catchy love quotes that made me sigh and remember why I loved Roberts, I could easily have watched the first few scenes then fast-forwarded through the next 60 minutes to catch the end, where Pitt and Roberts are reunited, to be satisfied. Maybe it was the build-up of the two actors together that led to such flop.
2. Mary Reilly
The only word which comes to mind is: Boring.
This psychological suspense story is based on the classic tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Roberts plays a servant who works for Dr. Jekyll and the two become entranced by one another … I think? Honestly, I watched this movie only because of my devotion to Julia Roberts, but I have never been able to keep my eyes open for any stretch of time. This movie is horribly boring, and Roberts is an unfitting Mary Reilly.
3. America’s Sweethearts.
The cast of “America’s Sweethearts” includes Julia Robert’s, John Cusack, Catherine Zeta Jones, Billy Crystal and more. Of course, expectations for the film were very high, only to disappoint. Although there were laughable moments, the overall story was an overboard portrayal of Hollywood. The characters were trite and the jokes were obvious. Although Roberts was capable of charming her audience in this role, it is not enough to surpass the superfluous plot.
The Three Best Julia Robert’s Movies:
How do you even narrow it down to only three? I have to admit that this was hard work considering what a dedicated, cheesy fan I am. I tried to choose the three films that were received well by all, as opposed to just my tainted and over-the-top girl-crush on the actress.
1. Pretty Woman
Well, duh? It’s not possible to mention Roberts without mentioning “Pretty Woman.” This is of course the film that set her apart from the rest. She made a prostitute classy and endearing…who else could do that with such charm? Her red locks, sly smile and witty ways won over an array of fans and paved the path for her future title of “America’s Sweetheart.”
2. Erin Brockovich.
Roberts plays a bold and determined female who fights for what she wants and believes in. Based on a true story, Roberts effortlessly captivates the audience with her fierce attitude and tenacity in her portrayal of Brockovich. The story itself is inspirational, and Roberts succeeds in stealing the spotlight entirely and enhancing the film with her unforgettable performance.
3. My Best Friend’s Wedding.
The role Julia Roberts plays in this movie may not be as challenging as that of “Erin Brockovich,” but it is certainly as endearing. Roberts is a perfect fit to fill the shoes of the “bad-guy” whom the audience actually routes for. Not many actresses can “break up a wedding and steal the bride’s fella” with such pizazz. In the end, she has the audience cheering for her. It is an unpredictable and realistic ending to a wonderful story of friendship and love.
Although I have listed “Pretty Woman,” “Erin Brockovich,” and “My Best Friend’s Wedding” as Roberts’ best movies, I can think of a handful more which deserve recognition, such as, “Steel Magnolias,” “Step mom,” “Notting Hill,” and “Closer.” Roberts’ next film, “Eat, Pray, Love” is coming out August 2010 and might just slide into the top 3…I look forward to it!