Monday, August 13, 2007

Miscast? Miss Piggy!

Earlier this summer I saw the movie 'Holiday' with a friend. For those who've never seen it – or chosen to forget it – this is the fluffy little holiday film starring Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, and Jack Black. Not to put too fine a point on it, my friend and I agreed about 10 minutes in that the movie was baaaaaaaad. And about 10 minutes later we decided it would have been a MUCH more successful flick if only Miss Piggy had been cast in the role played by Cameron Diaz.

This same friend saw the movie 'No Reservations' this weekend. Full disclosure: I have not seen 'No Reservations.' My friend reported back that it too is a baaaaad film. When I asked if it would have been improved by casting Miss Piggy in one of the main roles she agreed, 'Yes! It would have been better!'

And thus the Miss Piggy Solution was born. Feel free to practice it in your own lives. When sitting through a bad movie, please mentally recast Miss Piggy in one of the main roles (a little mental rewriting may be necessary – Miss P doesn't play wimps or tramps, only vamps) and enjoy the improved film.

To be fair, both 'Holiday' and 'No Reservations' suffered from more than limp performances and miscasting. Far-fetched story lines and unconvincing and unsympathetic characters top the list - faults to lay at the feet of writers and directors, not actors. Although, according to my friend, 'No Reservations' also suffered from a lack of realistic detail. Apparently the 5-star chef in the movie was shown cooking a lobster TWICE! Maybe she should have been played by the Swedish Chef instead of Miss Piggy.


Pumpkin said...

I LOVE Miss Piggy, she was infact my heroine when I was wee....due to the Muppet Movie where she crashed a motorbike into a building and performed a wheelie..........such a cool chick!
Yes indeedy, she would make a marvellous replacement for the gals in some films
eg She could make a FANTASTIC Beatrice in 'Much Ado About Nothing'...although I did love Emma Thompson.....or how about replacing Katie Holms in the first of the new Batman series....there'd be no need for Batman then I suppose.
Either way, I love the idea....perhaps there should be a campaign started that has t-shirts which proclaim
"If in doubt, give Miss Piggy a shout!"
Excellent post!

Jeana said...

Wouldn't every movie be improved by casting Miss Piggy?

Well, maybe not Fiddler on the Roof.

Jeana said...

Or Deliverance. She might find the line, "Squeal like a pig" offensive.

Geekwif said...

Hmmmm. Miss Piggy in "The Devil Wears Prada". You're right! It works!