The troubled starlet hosted SNL in an attempt to revive her career, but did it help or hurt her?
This past weekend marked Lindsay Lohan's fourth time hosting Saturday Night Live. She first hosted in 2004, when she was just 17. Back then, she gave a cute and enjoyable performance.
But, a lot has happened in the actress's life since then: she partied like crazy, developed a reputation for tardiness and unprofessional behavior with her former Hollywood employers, and had several legal run-ins. These highly publicized incidents made her acting career come to a standstill, and Lindsay didn't seem to care.
Now, she wants to get hired and start acting again, and she hoped hosting SNL would kick-start her career, but was her performance this past weekend worthy of such a revival? Are The Lohans The Most Dysfunctional Family In Hollywood History
Here's what bothered us about her hosting gig on Saturday night, including some things that may have casting agents and studio reps passing on Lindsay for film roles:
1. Her flagrant reading of cue cards. If you pay close enough attention, you can see when actors on SNL are reading from cue cards. It's often not distracting enough to take away from the skit because the actors don't sound like they're reading. We understand, it's a live show and sometimes lines and scripts are changed just before the curtain goes up. However, Lindsay's reading of cue cards was very transparent. Her delivery was choppy and her timing was way off (see the skit "Scared Straight" for proof).
2. Her Appearance. One of the best things about SNL is that the actors aren't afraid to get a little disgusting. The skits are the best when the hosts and cast members wear bald caps, fake teeth, and insane makeup. Lindsay, however, didn't seem to let herself get disgusting. She always had super long eyelashes, perfect lipstick, and a general normal-person look to her (besides all the obvious work she's had done). She didn't appear any different than she normally does in magazines, which is a shame. It would have been nice to see her let loose a little bit.
3. The musical performance outshined her. Don't get us wrong, Jack White is (and always has been) a phenomenal musician. But people don't watch SNL for the music acts, they watch for the skits. SNL musical performances are rarely engaging, unless it's White who's performing amidst such a dull show from a lackluster host. We're just saying, it's a bad sign when the musician outshines the host. We're thinking Lorne brought in the big music guns when he decided to let Lindsay host. How Ms. Lindsay Lohan Can Get Out Of Jail Once & For All
4. She's not Jon Hamm! During her opening monologue (which did consist of one funny moment when, just after Lindsay thanked SNL for "trusting her enough to host," she stepped off the stage and an alarm went off) Jimmy Fallon (in a cameo apperance) told Lindsay that SNL had brought in Jon Hamm to be an on-call backup host should Lindsay screw up. Sure enough, the handsome Mr. Hamm was sitting in the audience. We know it was a joke, but it was a cruel one – we wanted Hamm!
5. She had one good skit, but it was pre-recorded. There was one semi-funny skit, but it was filmed before the show aired. It was an ad promo for the upcoming show, "Real Disney Housewives," a spoof of the Real Housewives franchise starring the Disney princesses. Jasmine and Aladdin are broke; Cinderella (played by scene-stealer Kristen Wiig) is a mean drunk, and Rapunzel (played by LiLo) is a conniving social climber. The concept was phenomenal, but Wiig and Taran Killam (as Prince Charming) delivered the only performances that made it worth watching. Lohan's performance was still one-dimensional and flat as ever. At least we couldn't see her reading off the cue cards this time.
Of course, we can't judge Lindsay's devotion to restarting her career solely on one live performance, especially when her career's rooted in film. But, we're thinking she needs to prove herself with a well-executed role in a major film before she's able to restore her reputation in Hollywood.
Tell us: what did you think of Lindsay Lohan on SNL? Did she deserve to host?
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