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Patrick Bromley

SNL Recap: Anne Hathaway/Rihanna

By November 13, 2012

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Anne Hathaway on SNLAnne Hathaway may not be my favorite movie star of all time, but she sure is becoming one of my very favorite guest hosts on Saturday Night Live. She hosted for the third time this week, and while the episode didn't offer the best sketches of the still-fairly-new season, just having Hathaway around gave everything a good energy. She's never afraid to commit to whatever is thrown at her, and demonstrates a knack for comedy that you wouldn't necessarily be aware of just based on her film work.

Following a total letdown of a cold open that put a cap on the 2012 presidential race by saying pretty much nothing about Mitt Romney or his failed bid for the White House, the show bounced back with a terrific monologue that brought the whole cast together (for which I am a big, big sucker) to do a musical number inspired by Les Miserables. The majority of the sketches in the episode were very uneven, as was the distribution of screen time (Jason Sudeikis and Cecily Strong appeared in most of the sketches, while Vanessa Bayer and even Bill Hader were largely absent), but the ones that worked were strong. I think Hathaway has the kind of presence on SNL where she feels like one of the cast -- a quality only a few guest hosts have had in recent years (people like Jon Hamm, Alec Baldwin, John Goodman and, yes, Justin Timberlake). I'm hoping that a hosting appearance becomes a yearly thing for her, and even that she'll pop up later this season in a surprise cameo. Maybe she'll come back to do some more Katie Holmes, because holy cow.

(Read the full SNL Anne Hathaway recap)


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