I've been following Judy Greer for the last eleven years, ever since I nestled down into a movie theater seat and watched Jawbreaker for the first time. Fern Mayo/Vylette was complete absurdity, whether wide-eyed and mousey or tarted up and sassy. In no time, Greer started to make her way into high profile films from Three Kings to The Wedding Planner, and I was sure that this mean big things quickly -- especially after the 2003-2004 year of The Hebrew Hammer, 13 Going on 30, The Village, and her cock-eyed boob work as Kitty Sanchez in Arrested Development. But still, more of the same -- until now.
The Hollywood Reporter posts that she has joined Alexander Payne's The Descendents, along with Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, and Robert Forster. I wish I could tell you that she's playing George Clooney's wife, who ends up in a coma after a catamaran accident, but I imagine that honor is most likely going to the already signed Mary Birdsong (Reno 911!), who is much closer to Clooney's age.
Nevertheless, this gig is an addition to a big list of starring and co-starring roles. Next up, she stars opposite Patrick Wilson in Barry Munday, which Peter Martin just called a film that transcends "a familiar plot with sharp dialogue and awkward grace." Topping that off, she's got Marmaduke (not the greatest, but certainly high profile), Peep World with Michael C. Hall, Love and Other Drugs with Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal, and Henry's Crime, with Vera Farmiga and Keanu Reeves. Will she finally get her due? It's about darned time!