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film criticism by maryann johanson | since 1997

question of the day: What actors will you watch in anything?

Labor Day weekend in the U.S. is typically a slow weekend for movies, and this one was no exception: The American was able to clock in as the fourth-highest Labor Day debut ever even though it earned only an estimated $16.4 million, which would be paltry over any other summer weekend.

It’s a surprising place for the film to be, with even the positive reviews emphasizing its stillness, its lack of emotional involvement, and its Euro artiness. So it makes me wonder whether the big draw for much of the audience was George Clooney. Are there more folks out there who, like me, would watch Clooney in absolutely anything? (Of course, after I saw The American, I decided that there were, in fact, some Clooney movies I could do without.)

What about you? What actors will you watch in anything? Is it possible to imagine a film starring that actor after which you’d say, “Eh, I could have done without that”?

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