Welcome to our new weekly post here at NewNowNext, Bitch Needs More Work. Every Thursday we will take a look at an actor who, despite their immense talent, does not seem to be getting enough work. We kick things off today with the very talented and very, very hysterical Ari Graynor
Graynor has become known for her comedic roles, but the first time we remember seeing the 29-year-old stage actor on-screen was in the 2007 film An American Crime, in which she played an awful, manipulative and abusive teenager who ritualistically tortured her adopted sister. So not funny.
From there however, Graynor has made her name by being the best part of some great movies, and the best part of some not so great movies, meaning it is about time Hollywood gave this bitch more work. Or at least a leading role.
Here is a look at five memorable Graynor films.
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Graynor stole the show in this 2008 comedy, playing the alcoholic best friend of lead character Noah, played by Michael Cera. Not only was she funny, but it turns out almost all of her work was improvised, including an extended scene of her speaking with a stranger at Port Authority. Even in the film’s negative reviews, critics took note, with NPR saying; “Graynor is someone to watch: she wrings virtuoso variations on drunkenness without ever wearing out her welcome—no mean feat.”
Graynor got to be funny and a bitch in this 2009 film, the directorial debut of actor Drew Barrymore. As roller derby queen Eva Destruction, Graynor didn’t take any shit from anyone, but was more than happy dishing it out. Surrounded by amazing actors like Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig and Barrymore herself, Graynor proved she could hold her own agazinst far more experienced actors.
Graynor did land a co-leading role in this dark comedy, playing the wife of a serial killer, played by Colin Hanks. As much as she wants to leave him, she stays as he has just won the lottery. Critics once again raved, with the New York Observer writing; ”Be advised that the real star is Ari Graynor, an accomplished comedienne and edgy Ellen Barkin clone with a kooky, stretchy malleability, like push-pull taffy.”
Celeste And Jesse Forever
Just look at that opening scene. This film will not be released until next month, but you can already tell Graynor will be amazing.
For A Good Time Call…
Also slated for later this year, this film seems to capitalize on all of Graynor’s strengths. So hurry up and give her more work people.