It’s a happy birthday to Jennifer Garner, who turns 35 today. I like to imagine that husband Ben Affleck’s courtship of her consisted of popping a tape of this in the VCR, leaning back, and just cracking his knuckles. That’d be smooth.
The jury may still be out on Garner as a viable commercial leading lady (Catch and Release more or less bombed with only $15.5 million earlier this spring, two years after Elektra opened to $12 million on more than 3,200 screens before fizzling out at $24.4 million in domestic receipts). Still, Garner undeniably raised the bar for small screen ass-kicking, while also injecting a nice vulnerability into her work that would seem to make her a natural fit for the sort of settled adult rom-coms that the Under the Tuscan Sun/Must Love Dogs set so loves.