From Hartnett to Hudson, we offer advice to 22 floundering Tinseltown talents
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Sarah Jessica Parker
Career high points: "Failure to Launch", "Sex and the City: The Movie"
Career low point: "I Don't Know How She Does It"
How to fix it: Sarah Jessica Parker's post-"Sex and the City" career is curiously similar to the way it was in the years directly preceding the show's debut. After receiving some critical acclaim in the early '90s for her winning turns in films including "L.A. Story" and "Honeymoon in Vegas", flops like "Miami Rhapsody" and "If Lucy Fell" temporarily killed her chances of becoming the next rom-com queen. Though Parker is now 15 years older and far better known, her only non-"Sex and the City" starring vehicle to really hit it big since she donned the Manohlos was 2006's "Failure to Launch" opposite Matthew McConaughey. 2009's "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" with Hugh Grant was a disappointment, but what really put the nail in Parker's rom-com coffin was last year's "I Don't Know How She Does It" - a critical and commercial failure that suffered from an overwhelming "been-there-done-that" feel. If she's going to keep her big-screen career afloat, what she needs now is to find quirkier projects that will highlight the same spunky charm she became known for in the first place - in a more age-appropriate manner, obviously (think a 40-something Diane Keaton). As is, churning out a seemingly endless stream of formulaic crap clearly isn't getting her anywhere.
- Chris Eggertsen