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The Christina Ricci Bio

The Christina Ricci Review – MovieActors.com

by Nate Lee

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BEST FILM:

Monster

Possibly tied in the independent category with “The Opposite of Sex,” depending on your tastes, the film’s success is due to the performances of Ricci and Charlize Theron’s Oscar-winning performance.

The Addams Family

Also qualifying are the two “Addams Family” comedies, also driven in no small part by the brilliant macabre performances of Ricci as Wednesday Addams.
Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
The Opposite of Sex (a manipulative teen)
Monster (the lover of serial killer Aileen Wuornos)
Ice Storm (a promiscuous girl)
Black Snake Moan (a promiscuous woman rehabilitated by Samuel Jackson)
Mermaids (daughter of Cher and sister of Winona Ryder)
Buffalo ’66 (a kidnap victim)
Prozac Nation (a woman dealing with drug addiction)
Blockbusters:
Addams Family
Addams Family Values
Sleepy Hollow
Casper
The Real Christina Ricci:
Prozac Nation

Not only did she act in the film about a young woman dealing with depression and drug dependency, Ricci produced the film, too. Apparently giving in to the Hollywood machine that was growing weary of her eccentric looks, Ricci went through anorexia and depression before emerging as a sometimes blonde beauty.
Acting Style:
Brainy sexy. Summed up in the quirky The Opposite of Sex, Ricci is either in your face or in some other body part. Hanging on to the cynical, smart outsider of her early films, most notably Wednesday Addams, she added promiscuity as one of her favorite roles while she was barely a teen. Also evident in Opposite is a penchant for using sex as a tool. Watch Monster again. See how Ricci is far from innocent, manipulating the unbalanced Aileen Wuornos (Charlize Theron).
Bits and Quirks:
The big-eyed stare. The condescending rolling of the eyes stare, mixed with a cigarette. Various ‘30s-style come-ons. A perfect sneer.
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Great Scenes:
Mermaids

> Setting the table at the end

Addams Family & Addams Family Values

> Every “Wednesday” line is a hilarious “deadpan” black-comedy punch
> Turning the Thanksgiving scene on its ear in a brilliant parody of amateur pageants
> Succumbing to the camp counselors’ pressure to smile
> Electrocuting her brother
> Squirting blood all over the audience in the school play

Casper

> The dance and kiss with the real “live” Casper

The Opposite of Sex

> Seducing her brother’s lover
> Restaurant scene where she holds the ashes for ransom
> Giving birth
> Tromping on her step-father’s grave at the funeral
> Various marvelous voice-overs

Monster

> Meeting in the bar
> Making out in the parking lot
> The trial
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