Sia’s new film “Music” has been appalling audiences for two weeks now.
Even viewers who think film critics are pretentious jerks who swill brandy while quoting Brecht have been left aghast by the film’s tone-deaf depiction of an autistic girl who fantasizes that her life is a color-saturated music video. “Music” currently holds an 11% score on Rotten Tomatoes — lower than “Cats.”
Fantastic. Soon this disaster will be resigned to a Wikipedia footnote and we’ll never have to hear about it again, right? Wrong! On Sunday, its star, Kate Hudson, is somehow nominated for the Golden Globe award for best actress in a comedy or musical for playing the girl’s drug-dealing sister with a buzz cut.
Yes, Hudson, who makes good movies about as often as pizzerias serve spicy tuna rolls, is in the running for a statue.
It’s outrageous. Forget your fond memories of “How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days” or her fun fling with Nick Jonas — the vast majority of the actress’s career since her breakthrough in 2000’s “Almost Famous” has been a parade of dumb schlock, including this. Of the 26 films she’s made since 2000, all but five are “rotten,” and one of the few bright spots is “Kung Fu Panda 3.”
What the hell happened?
She started out with a big advantage. Hudson, 41, is the daughter of Hollywood royalty Goldie Hawn, 75, whose own timeless beauty is clearly visible in Hudson’s Malibu good looks. But the family resemblance ends there. Blond hair and blue eyes may be genetic, but personality and taste take initiative.
Hawn has been chided over the years for her own campy escapades, such as “The Out-of-Towners” remake or “Death Becomes Her,” in which she played a glamorous corpse. But she would wisely cleanse the palate with a “Private Benjamin” or a “Seems Like Old Times.” And, even so, her lesser efforts are masterpieces compared to her daughter’s many duds.