Momma said there’d be nights like this: Reese Witherspoon hosted an SNL edition packed with more lame jokes than this story’s headline. Decked out in a bizarre lace dress that might have been at home in a revival of The Glass Menagerie, Witherspoon launched her monologue with a hat-tip to “the Mother [sic] Day” show, which provided an excuse to have cast members bring on their moms to “apologize” for certain youthful antics. Sample: Vanessa Bayer asked for absolution from peeing all over the house as a kid. TMI!
You’d have thought such stories would cure at least some of the regulars of the season’s epidemic level of Eyeballs-Glued-To-The-Cue-Cards Disease, but Nooooo…The bit did, however, give the unimpeachably game star almost nothing to work with, possibly a good thing given the critical drubbing accorded Hot Pursuit, the movie she was there to plug.
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To her credit, Witherspoon never betrayed for one instant any dismay over the wretched material the SNL writers delivered for this season’s low-bar outing.
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