For Betty White, SNL brought out the big guns and turned her appearance into a fem-tastic Mother’s Day special starring the likes of Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, and other familiar funny female faces, all thanks to her fans on Facebook. However, once the hubbub over her SNL performance dies down, will audiences be saying “You again?” when they go to see her new movie?
Betty White’s SNL Performance: The Monologue
But before we get to her new movie, how was her SNL performance? You had to love Betty White’s opening monologue, a great recovery after an opening number that was a bit of a blunder. She bashed Facebook by poking fun at poking and joking that all she had back in the day was a phonebook (and she wouldn’t waste a whole afternoon on that). And she also sadly pointed out that she would need a Ouija board to stay connected with her “friends”. Betty White proved that she was still sharp for an 88-year-old with her SNL opening monologue; it’s just a shame the writers couldn’t come up with better bits for her later on.
The Best and Worst of the Rest of Betty White’s Bits
The excessive MacGruber granny bits were cliché (gotta promote the movie), although MacGruber proposing to his granny in honor of Mother’s Day was pretty unexpected. Poor Betty White dances like a broken fembot, and the ode to Dietary Fiber Day was a yawner (get it? Old people need fiber, and Betty White is old). However, it was pretty hilarious to hear her discuss the texture and taste of her muffin (not dry, crusty, or yeasty). And Betty White wasn’t born in 1904; she can spot a lesbian when she sees one (as long as that lesbian looks like Tom Sawyer).
Betty White also gave Sally O’Malley a run (or sit) for her money by being 40 years older than her FIFTY!, telling O’Malley that she can stand, sit and, and bend, quite an accomplishment for a woman of nearly a century (her boyfriend didn’t wear Trojans; he was a Trojan). Betty White also got to take part in the Scared Straight program (she was scared straight by an electrical socket, by the looks of her hair), and she told a wonderful story about the Wizard of Ass to a bunch of bullies.
The best bit was Betty White as Vivian Caruso, a retirement home detective who copies David Caruso’s signature move with a pair of those old people sunglasses that keep them in perpetual darkness, and her job was to solve deaths by natural causes (when she wasn’t on her meds). Her lines included, “He’s fallen…and he’ll never get up,” and, when someone asked if she thought they’d ever solve the crime, she responded with, “It’s like my underwear… depends.” Look for the show on the old people network… CBS. (“YEEEEAAAHHHHH!!!!!”)
And Betty White’s final skit involved her giving Tina Fey some racist and racy senile census responses (“Ascertain” is actually quite a creative stripper name).
So… what role will Betty White be playing in ‘You Again’?
So now as our short attention spans turn away from Betty White on SNL, it’s time to focus on her next project. Betty White’s character in the movie ‘You Again’ has the fitting name “Grandma Bunny”, and she appears to be her granddaughter’s loveably hip mentor. In the trailer for the movie, Grandma Bunny gives her phone number out to a much younger man, making sure to let him know that she’s on “the Facebook” and “the Twitter”, and one of the promo photos shows Betty White wearing some awesome seashell headphones so that she can bring the sound of the sea with her everywhere (they look great for relaxation). Like in her SNL special, she’ll be teaming up with some of our favorite women in ‘You Again’, as she plays the mother of Jamie Lee Curtis’ character and grandmother of Kristin Bell’s character. And from the looks of it, I’m guessing she’s going to be coaching her offspring as they face off against their high school rivals.
What exactly is Betty White’s next movie about?
‘You Again’ looks a bit like ‘Mean Girls’ after high school, as Kristin Bell learns that her high school rival (played by Megan Fox look-alike Odette Yustman) is marrying her brother. Yustman’s popular cheerleader character seems to be suffering from “antagonist amnesia” (I’m sure all us Liz Lemon types have run into plenty of these girls post-high school), but it doesn’t take long for the claws to come out, especially after Jamie Lee Curtis’ character finds out that her high school rival (played by Sigourney Weaver) is also a relative of Yustman’s character. And so basically you’ve got two dueling duos, which is fun and all, but what really makes the movie a winner is Betty White, Kristin Chenoweth, and Cloris Leachman (who deserves just as much respect as Betty White) in supporting roles.
So will the world still be tight with Betty White when ‘You Again’ hits theaters on September 24? After what she had to put up with in that SNL performance (wishing everyone a “Happy Mother’s Day, Mother****ers”), I certainly hope so, because I prefer seeing this superstar bringing the snickers to her peddling candy bars in bad ads.