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The Problem with Reese Witherspoon

Problem #1: In her new movie, This Means War, we’re supposed to believe she’s an object of desire capable of setting off a violent feud between Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. Nice try, Hollywood.

Here, GQ’s Lauren Bans lays the smack down:

In real life, two men do not fight over a Reese Witherspoon. Reese Witherspoon as the vertex of a love triangle is a Hollywood inception dream architected specifically for ladies. Her characters aren’t designed to be fully dimensional people; they’re everywomen templates onto which you’re supposed to graft your own face. Most actresses have to choose early on whether to cater to men or women. Reese chose women. Or maybe women chose her. She’s pretty in a conventional way, but not too pretty. She’s hardly ever overtly sexy. She’s the kind of celebrity who, under her photo in fashion magazines, you’ll find a headline like “How to Nail A Preppy Look This Fall.” She likes talking, or at least pretends to like talking, about love and kids and her humble upbringing.

Over the past few years, it’s become hard to separate the offscreen Reese Witherspoon from the one onscreen. Partly because maintaining her acting career as the Everywoman necessitates acting like the Everywoman all the time. Her magazine interviews feel like Sweet Home Alabama fanfic. Reading one of them is cheaply cathartic, the way seeing one of her romantic comedies is like Look at the good things that happen to a nice, regular woman who doesn’t give up hope! Reese always presents herself as the I-can’t-believe-this-happened-to-me girl, and she’s great at it. When, years down the road, she starts doing I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter commercials, I’ll buy multiple tubs.

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Truth: Reese Witherspoon isnt worth fighting over.

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