Natalie Portman pitching a 'Superbad'-esque script

natalie-portmanImage Credit: George Pimentel/WireImage.comWhy won’t Hollywood let Natalie Portman be funny? After twinkle-toeing in the forthcoming drama Black Swan — in which she plays a ballet dancer — the actress is ready to kick off her pointe shoes and have a beer, according to the L.A. Times. Portman and college buddy Laura Moses have been pitching a script that’s being described as the female version of the epic juvenile-humored Superbad.

It’s called BYO (an acronym for Bring Your Own) and follows two single (and so ready to mingle) ladies who decide to throw a party where every woman has to bring a single guy. Portman would star in it, of course, and Anne Hathaway is rumored to be interested in co-starring. But so far there’s been no takers. If all fails, the project will likely be personally financed and pushed through independently. But really, why should it even come to that? The basic plot sounds like a winner to me. And its selling point also seems like a lay-up. Portman and (maybe) Hathaway telling dirty jokes and trying to hook up with guys? I’ll take two tickets to that, please.

So what is it that Hollywood execs are balking at? Well, Portman’s never written a full-length feature. (Though, if you remember, she does boast a writing credit for a short in 2009’s New York, I Love You.) But we’ve seen Portman be dirty(-mouthed) — and we like it. So I say give her a chance, H-wood! What do you guys think? Would you go see this movie?

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  • Stef

    Ha, that SNL digital short always brightens my day.

  • mark in nyc

    I would see it…she was funny in Garden State, not to mention she is one of the few actors that are funny when on talk shows.

  • Mel

    The difficulty probably stems from studios believing that a female-driven raunchy comedy won’t sell tickets. Remember The Sweetest Thing with Cameron Diaz and Christina Applegate?

    • Annie

      I agree! The Sweetest Thing was just awful! I would give this film a chance if it was well written and not too over top in raunchiness.

    • Dyana

      I also agree! The Sweetest Thing was trying too hard to be like one of the guys. Proving that we are equal to men by being just like them makes no sense to me. I won’t speak for all women, but I’m not a fan of raunch. Can’t we just get more female-driven comedies that are not raunchy and not about clothes?

  • franklin bluth

    I’m sure it is downright impossible for Natalie Portman to ‘pick up guys’

    • Michael

      Yeah, sometimes I feel bad for girls like her and Anne Hathaway for not ever getting any interest from guys.

  • brynna

    Sounds awesome. Especially if Anne Hathaway wants in.

  • katy

    Definitely. Portman’s playfully raunchy turn on Top Chef was enough to sell me.

  • bob

    Natalie can swear at me Any Time she wants & I WILL laugh at her as she does it. just dress like a Skank if youre going to act like one! No kidding, though shes smart & a Pretty good actress& I think they can pull it off if they get some good (and funny) writers to do it?

  • Dave

    I would totally see this. I adore Natalie Portman.

  • CinephileSandra

    I ADORE Natalie Portman, so I would see this in a heartbeat. And Anne Hathaway? YES PLEASE.

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