Sunday, January 30, 2005

Wig-On-Wig

Two years ago, I was out in Montauk with some friends for a long early spring weekend. Nice weather hadn't kicked in yet, so we were faced with a set of dreary, rainy days - perfect weather though for watching TV and bad movies without remorse. On day two of the weekend, "Enough" starring Jennifer Lopez wandered its mildly schizophrenic way onto HBO - at first, we weren't so sure if it was as worthy of our attention as - say - the E! Celebrity Profile on Jennifer Love Hewitt for an afternoon of the Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network. However, moments into "Enough", I was hooked enough to swing my friends into watching it. JLO was captivating despite the audible mechanics of an obvious plot (it's 30 minutes into the plot...insert act two turning point now), the blanched outlines of good actors paid too much to do too little and exotic locales like the northern peninsula of Michigan (can't they just call it what it really is - Vancouver?).

However, one thing about "Enough" though has burned itself into my psyche forever: JLO employs in one scene what can only be refered to as "wig-on-wig" acting.

Let me explain: since her character gets a short hair cut early in the film to throw off her hunky future ex-husband, JLO smartly dons a short wig (no method-acting need to get a real hair cut here...). Later in the film, her character - with the short wig that we're not suppposed to know is a wig - wears a wig to again disguise herself from her psycho-but-so-hot husband. Since Jenny is already wearing the short wig - the long wig her character dons is basically a sheet of shiny, scary bad hair.

Hence, she was "wig-on-wig".

Even years later, my friend Patty (also on the trip) refers to oddly or insanely dressed people as: "She is so wig-on-wig."

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