Jennifer Aniston is a pretty cool ex, in my book.
I'm not sure if you saw the recent news that Jennifer Aniston is still talking about her marriage to William Bradley "Brad" Pitt. The tune has mellowed for the most part, she says, "In contrast to what people say, Brad and I have a very cordial relationship. I admire him a lot for what he is doing to help other people and I think he is an extraordinary actor."
While I think she meant "really good actor," I think the rest is just outstanding. Sure, she seems particularly loquacious about the Pitt-Jolie's when she has a project that needs pimping (it's not just her livelihood but that of the entire cast, crew and studio head). And, sure, her rebounds haven't always been the greatest. And, sure, periodically I do get a sense of "poor little, old me" from Jennifer Aniston but that doesn't change the fact that I'm pulling for her.
I was never a big fan of Friends. The show had some classic moments and the finale made me sort of sad, because I'm a maudlin lil' baby. And, of her movies that I've seen, Jennifer Aniston is rarely my favorite character (except for The Good Girl because it was an excellent film and I sort of loathed the rest of the characters). That being said, I'm not sure why I really care about Jennifer Aniston but I want nice things to happen to her.
Yeah, she was devastated by the split with Pitt. And who wouldn't be? (I'm not sure that Gwyneth Paltrow or Juliet Lewis have fully recovered and they weren't even married to the world's sexiest.) I like the way she goes about her business. After losing a Brad Pitt, most gals would just marry the next famous guy they slept with, pop out a kid or two and maintain a life-long, burning, seething inner rage. Jenny Aniston has not had a revenge child. Nor has she married George Clooney, perhaps it's because he's un-marriable and perhaps because she didn't need to stick it to Brad Pitt by banging his best bud.
Frankly, the best way to get past a relationship is by living well. The Rom-Coms that she generally stars in aren't exactly The Battleship Potemkin, but she doesn't make terrible choices and periodically people even laugh at parts that are supposed to be funny. And she makes millions of dollars. Along the way she's even managed to date (hearsay and otherwise) cool Hollywood dudes Vince Vaughn, Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler as well as male model Paul Sculfor and John Mayer. And if she is dating Gerard Butler, I hope it works out, mostly because he seems like a cool guy and you really can't beat a Scottish accent. I just hope for Crissakes that I never have to read the word "canoodling" again.
Don't get me wrong, I think Brad Pitt's pretty cool too. Outside of Benjamin Ass Buttons, I like his movies and characters. According to Bill Maher and Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt is an artiste when it comes to fashioning implementations to blaze mad dubage. Plus he's been a real mensch down in New Orleans with the housing effort. Who doesn't have a friend who's gotten in way over their head in a relationship and not at least thought, "Dang, maybe I should just get back together with my ex-wife Jennifer Aniston. I know these kids are my responsibility but I'm not married and I have more money than Donald Trump."?
I also Angelina Jolie is pretty OK. Lots of stuff seems to explode in her films and does nice things for the children of the world but she's no Jennifer Aniston.
If you were forced to choose sides, would you be Team Aniston or Team Jolie? Team Who Gives A Flying F*ck is not an option.
Note: For the record, I think I'd marry Jennifer Aniston, boff Brad Pitt and kill Angelina Jolie. Wait, I'd like to change my answer, please...
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