Halle Berry is lucky that she's such a potent sex symbol. Her tender personality and gorgeous looks have placed her on at least a gazillion Top Ten Lists. But there's a lot more to the former beauty queen than her impeccable bikini figure. She's one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses. Unfortunately, some of her movies don't exactly represent the shiniest moments of her acting career. Nonetheless, you've got to admit that her physical appeal makes it a lot easier to forgive (and forget?) some of the actress's weaker film choices. Here are five Halle Berry movies that we'd rather forget---along with five of her films that sort of cancel out the cheese factor.
Movie Mistake: "B.A.P.S." (1997)
Redeeming Film: "Jungle Fever" (1991)
We wanted to believe that Halle was a true Black American Princess (B.A.P.)---a girl from the hood who makes good by charming a crotchety old millionaire. But seeing her with that ghetto-fabulous hair, those talons for nails, and that horrible Decatur, GA accent, we hung our heads in shame. This is because we knew that Halle could do better. Just six years earlier, she'd treated us to a very realistic performance as a crackhead in "Jungle Fever." That you probably can't remember her appearance in the movie is testament to her acting ability. As Gator's (Samuel Jackson) cracky girlfriend, Halle was practically unrecognizable.
Movie Mistake: "Gothika" (2003)
Redeeming Film: "Perfect Stranger" (2007)
Halle's attempt at horror in 2003 wasn't necessary met with rave reviews. While some enjoyed the cinematic switch, others found the production hokey, and filled with weak spots. "Gothika" was a movie that you either sort of liked, or really hated. Some might say that the 2007 release of "Perfect Stranger" was no better. But at least in this movie Halle showed us a different side of psychosis.
Movie Mistake: "Catwoman" (2004)
Redeeming Film: "X-Men" (2000)
Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. "Catwoman" could have been so much more compelling if Halle's role had been taken more seriously. But somehow, the sexy star was much more believable as platinum haired superhero Storm in "X-Men", than a bookish anti-hero who drinks milk and cracks whips. Heck, Storm's wig was more believable.
Movie Mistake: "Things We Lost in the Fire" (2007)
Redeeming Film: "Boomerang" (1992)
If you're struggling to remember this movie, it's probably because the world collectively pushed the Snooze button on this teary drama. "Things We Lost in the Fire" wasn't necessarily a bad film---just one that required a little patience (from the audience) and some more intensity (from filmmakers). But we all knew what Halle was capable of. The complex, yet convincing romance she experienced with Eddie Murphy in 1992's "Boomerang" still haunts us.
Movie Mistake: "The Rich Man's Wife" (1996)
Redeeming Film: "Monster's Ball" (2001)
Where does one begin in describing the convoluted mess that was "The Rich Man's Wife?" With all the elements of traditional film noir at hand, you'd think that the "surprise" ending would make more of a footprint. Not so. Nonetheless, the world took note of this film, as it was one of the first in which Halle was involved in an interracial relationship.
Race was one of the focal points of 2001's "Monster's Ball." Berry's character is embroiled in an intricate relationship with the man ultimately responsible for executing her husband. The multi-layered story makes a much better playground for Halle to showcase her cinematic skills.
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