SNL Viewers Club: Reese Witherspoon with Florence and the Machine

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The Wither is no stranger to Saturday Night Live, and she returned to host this season’s Mother’s Day episode. I bet Mr. T would be proud.

Here to promote the appropriately titled Hot Pursuit, Reese Witherspoon is of course a popular, skilled actress. Usually that means good things. And hey, Florence and her machine of a band certainly make sweet tunes. This episode was set up for success…but did it achieve it?

So let’s break this down. People like numbered scores, so I’ve chosen to rate every sketch at 0, 1/2, or 1 point. A sketch not worth watching at all receives a 0, a sketch that doesn’t stand out but didn’t totally flop gets a 1/2, and a sketch that does its job of entertaining and delivering a few laughs will earn 1 point. A standout sketch that goes above and beyond will receive the normal point plus 1 bonus point. Cool? Cool. Let’s talk about it!

Air Date: 5/9/15

Host: Reese Witherspoon

Musical Guest: Florence and the Machine

2016 Republicans Cold Open

Of course the show had to open up with politics, but at least this was an interesting way to get through the many (read: unnecessary) 2016 GOP candidates. I can appreciate this much more than the usual political humor rut the show falls into. 1 point

Monologue

How can you not like this? It’s real, heartfelt comedy. Call your mother! 1 point

The L.A. Scene

Los Angeles cougars, incompetent sound board guys, and mic issues — this sketch was all over the place. There were enough funny lines, but the ending was just odd. A weird first sketch for sure. 1/2 point

Picture Perfect

A great early twist on a simple premise. The writers were smart to make this a shorter sketch too; the one-note joke didn’t overstay its welcome. 1 point

Mr. Westerberg

The escalation to Beck Bennett’s lines was perfectly executed. The fact this is all happening at Hallmark, of all places, is even funnier. 1 point

Weekend Update

Colin Jost and Michael Che had solid jokes this week, but the whole Update hit Seth Meyers levels of being too long again. Leslie Jones’ bit was funny enough, but not her best. We’ve seen Cecily Strong’s Girl… several times, and she’s still never evolved — not even with a friend played by Witherspoon. At this point we’ve seen Keenan Thompson’s Willie (heh) a bit much too. Just a weird split between the Update jokes and guests this week. 1/2 point

High School Theatre Show

This sketch aired earlier in the season, and nothing’s changed. It’s a perfect satire of pretentious experimental theatre kids, but still not very funny. 1/2 point

Southern Ladies

While I like the idea of these proper Southern ladies having bizarre private lives, this was nothing more than a “list weird stuff” sketch. The twist ending was pretty great though. 1/2 point

Waterslide

We haven’t really seen a sketch in a setting like this, and Bennett and Kyle Mooney’s characters were perfectly goofy. Sadly, the jokes fell totally flat. 0 points

Whiskers R We with Reese Witherspoon

Kate McKinnon’s cat lady has closed the show several times now, but she still gets in a few good punch lines every time. Apparently she’s based on a real lady too…? 1/2 point

Total: 6.5/10 possible points

This episode had a lot going for it, but overall fell pretty flat, especially after Update. Here’s hoping the finale ends things on a high note!

2 thoughts on “SNL Viewers Club: Reese Witherspoon with Florence and the Machine

  1. Is it bad that i stopped watching SNL and now i just wait for you to post this so i can watch the specific sketches that sound interesting to me?

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