If Bullock’s flying high, Meg Ryan is staggering. She starred in “Serious Moonlight,” which brought in just over $25,000 from a very limited release. Before that was “The Women,” which hit $26 million and “In the Land of Women,” which barely cracked $10 million.
Back-up plan: Refocus on her strengths. She can still play wacky and neurotic—“You’ve Got Mail,” “When Harry Met Sally”—better than just about any actress working today, so why not embrace the comedy? Follow the likes of a breezy Catherine Keener in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” or a flighty Sally Hawkins in “Happy-Go-Lucky,” where meeting cute runs a distant second to animated antics. It will take the right filmmaker giving her a chance (Judd Apatow? Wes Anderson? The Coens?), but Ryan could impress more as a rascal than a romantic.