We won’t have a complete box office report until tomorrow, but The Time Traveler’s Wife made a tidy $7.7 million yesterday, and if predictions are to be believed, the movie will keep holding its own just fine at the cineplex this weekend, serving as a perfect slice of counter programming against this week’s sci-fi sensation, District 9. The big-screen adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s best-selling novel is shaping up to be Rachel McAdams’ first hit since 2005′s The Family Stone, which is a decent feat, considering the reviews have ranged from lukewarm enjoyment to outright befuddlement. I’m with the critics on this one. Having read Niffenegger’s book, I went into the movie hoping to experience some real, hot-and-bothered romantic swooning. We’re talking about McAdams and Eric Bana here, actors with the potential to push the smokin’ quotient off the charts! But the movie just sort of bumps along without the kind of passionate heat a story like this deserves. Oh well. Maybe if The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes had helmed this leaky, listing ship instead of Robert Schwentke (Flightplan), Time Traveler’s Wife might have ended up with more of a beating heart. Or at least spared us that tonally bizarro wedding scene in which the newlyweds dance to Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” Sure, it’s the ultimate ode to doomed love, but come on…a bit lugubrious for a wedding, no?
But I digress. Assuming Time Traveler’s Wife can reestablish McAdams as a Hollywood It Girl (a crown she all but refused when it was foisted upon her four years ago), what should she do next? She’s got two big studio movies on the horizon — December’s Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. and next year’s Morning Glory with Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton. The latter is a comedy, and personally, I’m looking forward to seeing McAdams flash that dazzling smile in an upbeat yuck fest again. And how rad would it be if she teamed up with Paul Rudd? As Annie Barrett posited yesterday and many of you agreed, McAdams is the female Paul Rudd, an actor beloved by pretty much everyone, so they might as well join forces!
What do you think? What should McAdams’s next career move be? And what should be her first — because of course there will be many, duh! — collaboration with Rudd?