Reese Witherspoon is probably still the reigning queen of American movie comedy, at least as far as salaries are concerned-- she's one of the very few top-paid stars in the business who can also pull off the funny, as evidenced so well in Legally Blonde 10 years ago and maybe a little less so with each subsequent movie. Her choices in comedy over the last few years have been especially checkered, following up her Oscar win with the bland rom-com Just Like Heaven, dumbing herself down with Vince Vaughn for Four Christmases, and most recently headlining the ludicrously expensive James L. Brooks comedy How Do You Know, which sputtered at the box office and, even if you enjoyed it like I did, was a far cry from Brooks's best work.

So now, with Water for Elephants behind her as a dramatic success ($115 million worldwide), Witherspoon is moving on to what's pretty much a sure thing: a live-action Disney comedy. From the people who brought you Bedtime Stories and The Shaggy Dog we're about to get Wish List, a comedy that now has Witherspoon attached to star. Deadline reports that it had originally been written for a male star but is now being retooled for the actress, playing a woman who must deal with the fact that 10 wishes she made as a little girl have suddenly come true, all at once. It sounds at least a little similar in concept to When In Rome, the Kristen Bell rom-com about a woman chased down by suitors after stealing a coin from a wishing well, but since pretty much nobody saw that movie I may wind up being the only person who ever notices.

The goofy, high-concept Disney comedy can work when done carefully-- you tell me you didn't enjoy The Princess Diaries and both versions of Freaky Friday-- so I'm not willing to write off Wish List based on its ridiculous premise. And it'll be nice to see Witherspoon really throw herself into a comedy, since her work since Walk The Line generally suggests a major star who doesn't have to work that hard to pick up a paycheck (yes, How Do You Know is very much included). Come on, Tracy Flick-- remind us you're still willing to work for our affections.

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