If it seems that you haven’t seen Renee Zellweger in a lot of movies lately then you’re not imagining things. She did take a six-year hiatus and just came back in 2016, so it’s fair to say that she’s still getting the ball rolling again at this time, though so far it would seem that she hasn’t quite yet hit the level of fame that won her an Oscar in the past. As it is with pro athletes there might be a bit of rust that needs to be knocked off before she’s back in true form again, but it would seem that it’s possible since she’s proven her ability in the past and shouldn’t have too much difficulty as of now. The only thing is that in the here and now, taking six years off and then trying to come back amidst the newer and younger talent is something that you can imagine is kind of hard to do since the competition is just as fierce, if not even more so than when she decided to take a break.
Here are five of her best movies.
5. Me, Myself & Irene
Every nice guy has a darker side lurking just beyond the pleasing smile and kindly eyes, and with Charlie, Hank is just a half-skip away from coming out when he really needs help confronting any particular issue in his life. Of course it takes a number of years of being walked on and taken advantage of by others for Hank to finally force his way out, but once he does things start happening quickly and those that believed Charlie to be nothing more than a nice guy they could use as a doormat are finally put on notice. You can’t help but feel for Charlie in this one, and poor Irene is kind of stuck on the wild ride as she has to deal with Hank and Charlie both while trying to clear her name of any wrongdoing.
Lies, deceit, murder, and show business. It seems like a package deal for Roxie since she wants so badly to be famous that she’ll do just about anything. When the man she’s sleeping with announces that he really doesn’t have any useful connections however she shoots him dead and is sent to death row. The lawyer she enlists to defend her however follows the negative stereotype that a lot of people joke about and Roxie’s story undergoes a transformation from simple murder to a desperate plea that reaches the right ears and finally gets her released. But ironically, without the woman that she idolized and spurned, she’s not all that famous.
3. Cinderella Man
It was hard living back in this day for a lot of people and the wives that had to support their men at home or in various other ways were no less tough in many cases. Mae unfortunately turned to the way of despair long before her husband no matter that she tried to remain strong. Her concern for Jim and their kids was never in question, but her decision to send the kids away without discussing it with Jim was questionable at best and worst, even though her motives were pure as she wanted to keep them alive. It was a terrible time if one had to think about giving up their kids just to keep food in their bellies.
2. Bridget Jones’ Diary
Bridget sounds very much like a woman that wants something quite specific and yet wouldn’t know what to do with it when she finally had it. But her taste in men is either quite horrible or absolutely on point since Daniel is little more than a lying womanizer that might say anything to get into bed with a woman and claim some form of dominance, whereas Mark is kind of a hard man to get to know since he too wants something real but isn’t sure what that is. By the end of the movie however they’ve both finally figured it out and honestly one might think the audience would breathe a sigh of the utmost relief upon this final realization.
1. Jerry Maguire
This movie is quite the fall since we see Jerry Maguire go from being the guy that’s on top, the guy that everyone celebrates and wants to be like, to the guy that no one wants to touch since he’s been marked by an aura of failure. Rod sticks with him though, and so does Dorothy, when everyone else is ready to cut and run. The fact that Dorothy stayed with him is part admiration, part adoration, and a whole lot of wishful thinking in the beginning. But as the story progresses it becomes obvious that Jerry can’t do much without her any longer, and by the time he delivers his famous speech at the end she’s hooked, and so is he.
She’s still got it, but ‘it’ might take a bit to return.