Kate Hudson and romantic comedies, like this week's 'Something Borrowed,' go together like peanut butter and jelly. Her flicks have even been used as a punch line on '30 Rock,' when Tracy explains he did a movie with notorious North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il because it was either that or a role in a Kate Hudson movie.

It hasn't always been this way. Remember when young Kate first burst onto the scene as the unforgettable Penny Lane in 'Almost Famous'? Everyone was all atwitter, proclaiming that she had what it took to follow in her famous mother's footsteps.

Mama Goldie Hawn made her mark as a versatile funny lady in classics like 'Overboard,' 'Death Becomes Her' and 'The First Wives Club'; she also scooped up an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 'Cactus Flower' and landed a nom for Best Actress for 1980's 'Private Benjamin.'




When Kate garnered an Oscar nomination for 'Almost Famous' a decade ago, she appeared to be well on her way towards a career as illustrious and fulfilling as her mother's. But then, instead of following up her critically acclaimed role with another meaty endeavor, she took on a slew of rom-coms, from 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,' to 'You, Me and Dupree' to 'Fool's Gold.' (Hmm, is Matthew McConaughey her kryptonite?)

Sure, Hudson has stepped outside of her comfort zone a few times, most notably in Rob Marshall's star-studded musical flop 'Nine.' But what happened to that raw talent we saw in 'Almost Famous'? Kate undeniably has what it takes to be a versatile, enduring actress, not unlike Sandra Bullock or even her mother. She just needs to stop phoning it in on an endless parade of romantic comedies.

'Something Borrowed' is a start, kind of. Yes, it is another rom-com, but Kate's not playing the sweet girl next door this time. And we're not all supposed to root for her this time. (Ginnifer Goodwin gets to play the heroine this time around.) So while Kate is pushing her boundaries a tad, here's a list of the top five types of roles we'd like to see her take on next. Because we know she can do it.

Psycho Killer, a la Sharon Stone in 'Basic Instinct'
Wouldn't it be awesome seeing bubbly Kate taking on an evil character? She could reel 'em in with her sweet, innocent face, and then BAM! Victims wouldn't know what hit them.



Fun-Loving Action Hero, a la Cameron Diaz in 'Charlie's Angels'
Kate's got enough pep and sass to pull off a role like this. Plus, she seems pretty sporty.



Tortured Artist, a la Salma Hayek in 'Frida'
We saw her worshiping the artists in 'Almost Famous.' Why not play an artist herself? Seeing Kate take on a brooding role could go a long ways towards digging her out of the rom-com pigeonhole.



Conflicted Mob Wife, a la Diane Keaton in 'The Godfather'
Or better yet, conflicted mob girlfriend, a la Drea de Matteo in 'The Sopranos.' We would love to see Kate decked out in loud mob-gal attire. Think hoop earrings, halter-tops, fishnets. Kate pulled off hippie chic in 'Almost Famous'; surely she could do the same with mafia stylin'.



Brazen Bank Robber, a la Faye Dunaway in 'Bonnie and Clyde'
Oh wait. Hilary Duff just wrapped a 'Bonnie and Clyde' remake. Hilary Duff? WTF?