Mila Kunis may have disappeared from the spotlight for the most part these days, however, there’s no denying that she accomplished quite a bit while she was popping up onscreen during the peak of her career. The actress won over TV audiences with her comedic ways on That ’70s Show, made movie-lovers laugh in 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 2016’s Bad Moms, and 2018’s The Spy Who Dumped Me, and even earned a Golden Globe nomination for her chilling performance in 2010’s Black Swan.
The star discussed her tendency to be open to experiences that she might have once rejected while chatting with Marie Claire in 2014, saying:
“I was really good at saying no. I decided I was just going to say yes to any opportunity that came, no matter how crazy. And it changed my life.”
While that inclination has surely led her to some unexpectedly exciting opportunities, it also might have resulted in some controversial choices, including the one role that she seems to regret.
A few years after Kunis rose to fame as Jackie Burkhart on That ’70s Show, the actress landed the lead role in 2002’s American Psycho II: All American Girl, the follow-up to 2000’s American Psycho film that starred Christian Bale as a chic serial killer. The stand-alone sequel, which also featured Star Trek legend William Shatner, told the story of Rachael Newman, a girl who, quote, “has developed a taste for murder and will stop at nothing to become a college professor’s assistant.”
While pondering if the movie was “the worst sequel of all time,” The Independent noted:
“However clever the director thought he was being, his savvy was not reflected in the film’s style.”
What was the problem? Beyond the cut rate production values, some critics felt Kunis had been badly miscast in the part.
And Kunis apparently agrees. According to MTV, when a third movie was reportedly in development, she pleaded for it to be stopped and suggested a petition against it. She went on to say:
“When I did the second one, I didn’t know it would be American Psycho II. It was supposed to be a different project, and it was re-edited, but, ooh … I don’t know. Bad”
While we all have regrets, at least most of our mistakes don’t end up living forever onscreen like Kunis’ unfortunate endeavor.
If you think that Kunis and critics were being a little harsh on American Psycho II: All American Girl, well, it seems like plenty of fans were also unimpressed by the sequel. Just take a look at the comments left on Rotten Tomatoes. One person wrote,
“The movie is neither frightening nor funny; in fact, it’s extremely boring,”
And another deemed the film, quote, “[o]ne of the oddest and most inexplicable sequels in movie history.”
Even Bret Easton Ellis, the author of the original American Psycho novel, wasn’t keen on the idea of a follow-up film.
He told the New York Post:
“If they’re not careful they could end up with something like The Pink Panther movies.”
While noting that he’d “sold the rights” to the book meaning that he had no control over what was being done with the films he also revealed there could be even more additions to the American Psycho story onscreen.
“I’ve even heard that they were thinking about doing American Psycho in L.A., American Psycho in Las Vegas, and making a whole franchise out of it.”
Considering the sequel didn’t turn out so well, those behind the scenes might want to rethink putting out more American Psycho movies that is, if they haven’t already.
As it turns out, though, a few of Kunis’s other films were apparently even worse than American Psycho II. 2007’s Moving McAllister earned just a 10% fresh rating; 2014’s The Angriest Man in Brooklyn was awarded 9%, and The Color of Time only got 5%. Kunis was even nominated for a Worst Actress Razzie Award for her part in 2015’s Jupiter Ascending. Ouch!
Thankfully for Kunis, she’s not focused on others’ opinions. In 2012, she told Interview magazine:
“When it comes to picking parts, I do make an effort to choose parts that I want to do, and not necessarily parts someone else wants me to do, or parts that someone else is going to respond to.”
In this case, though, audiences have responded. And based on that response, American Psycho II was simply not a good film.
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