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Rachel Dratch is understandably bummed right now. After the Vanity Fair issue with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Dratch's other SNL compatriots landed in her mailbox, Rachel told New York, "Dude, that was a dark day. I was like, Oh, there's everyone I worked with." Dratch is the only female SNL alum from the aughts who has been chronically unemployed. "I'm starting to go crazy. I'm ready for a job," Dratch added. Is Dratch's downtime due to her not-ready for primetime looks? Is it okay for a woman to be funny, but only if she's also conventionally "hot"? [New York]

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@shiningstar: She (Cheri Oteri) was in Southland Tales, which got universally bad reviews, but which I saw and I think I rather liked (I still, to this day, am unsure if I actually liked it; however I know that I did not *dislike* it). Her character was surreal. It hurts me to say this, but Justin Timberlake was better in that film than she was (though that might have something to do with the nurse-filled hilarious lip-synched Killers-soundtracked dream sequence he participates in).

@dr.funke: The more I see commercials/trailers for this, the more I'm convinced it might actually be funny. Might need an, erm, "herbal boost" to make it into "laugh out loud" territory, though.

I never, personally, found RD to be all that funny when she was on SNL, but I'm just one person. I'm sure her looks have something to do with her not getting work (fucked up), but so does Hollywood's incredibly near-sighted and dense view of their audience and the film industry in general. The only proof I need that I shouldn't take Hollywood seriously as "tastemakers" is the sheer number of remakes that have been announced. It's a slap in the face to all the struggling writers out there, as well as to us Americans who they presume are too stupid (or something) to either see and/or care about the great films of years past.

Whoops, veered a bit OT there. Sorry. I'll stop now before my "NO MORE REMAKES" rant goes into full force.