Adam Markovitz
September 04, 2008 AT 08:00 PM EDT

Getting misty-eyed during a comedy trailer isn’t usually a great sign. But I actually found myself a little verklempt—in a good way—while watching the preview for Labor Pains, a new fake-bun-in-the-oven comedy starring Lindsay Lohan. It’s not that the clip was tear-jerkingly good; it mostly looks like a warmed-over hodepodge of Baby Mama and Knocked Up, except with lamer jokes and and, oddly, a lot more cigarette smoking (hey, at least she’s not…well, fill in the blank). But seeing Lohan back on screen in even a medium-cute romcom took me straight back to the halcyon days of 2004, when Mean Girls made a star of a plucky young actress who hadn’t yet fallen into a rabbit hole of drunk-driving arrests, chronic clubbing, and addiction to leggings. And today, just over a year after I attempted to suck my own eyeballs out with a bendy straw while watching her play a nymphomaniac amputee stripper in I Know Who Killed Me, I found myself getting wistful at the thought that Labor Pains might actually give Lohan a shot at revitalizing her passed-out career—or at least dragging it out of the gutter. Now if she’d just ditch the peroxide…

What do you think PopWatchers? Does Labor Pains look like an unexpected bundle of joy, or should it be left in a basket on the straight-to-DVD doorstep?

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