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I guess I just like liking things

I can’t adequately explain how sad I am about Lindsay Lohan’s path thus far. I completely understand that we live and die by the choices we make, and we don’t have anyone else to blame. Still, to the outside observer (me, in this instance), there’s an evident sadness and I, like many others, worry she isn’t long for this world if she doesn’t make changes very, very soon. There’s no need to reiterate her many troubled missteps here, you’re well aware of most of them, I’m sure.

Let’s talk about the good stuff!  Here are the three best things in Lindsay Lohan’s career – more correctly, these are the three best things in her career that I’ve seen.  Rumor has it that her Parent Trap remake wasn’t horrible, but I haven’t seen that.

1. Mean Girls. This is the one that usually comes to mind when you’re thinking about good stuff Lindsay has done.  It’s not an awesome movie, but it is a lot of fun and has many quotable lines. Granted, most of them aren’t from  Lindsay’s character, but she acquits herself well in a movie where she’s surrounded by great characters.

Some of the best lines:

  • You can’t just ask people why they’re white!
  • Don’t have sex, because you will get pregnant and die!
  • She doesn’t even go here!
  • Stop trying to make ‘fetch’ happen.

Key reasons this is good: Tina Fey, Neil Flynn, Rachel McAdams – really, just a great cast all around.

2. A Prairie Home Companion. I know Robert Altman movies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved this semi-fictional look at the making of Garrison Keillor’s long-running show. I’m sure a lot of my enjoyment of this movie comes from my enjoyment of the radio show, and another part of my enjoyment comes from the Robert Altman-ness of it all: the tracking shots, the intertwining conversations, the 4,076 characters that all manage to be important to the story.  Lindsay is the outsider teenager, who doesn’t fit with the show’s folksy atmosphere, chained to it by family.  But when she needs to sing, she comes through in a wonderful way.

Key reasons this is good: Again, she was surrounded by a wonderful cast. Also: Robert Altman.

3. This commercial here:

Key reasons this is good: Come on, Bill Cosby is in it.


I think the reason Lindsay’s ongoing bad decisions are so sad is that we’ve seen glimpses of what she could have been. Here’s hoping she turns her life around.

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