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WATCH: Josh Hutcherson Catches Fire on SNL, Five Highlights

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood November 24, 2013 at 12:47PM

'Hunger Games' star Josh Hutcherson's easy appeal played well as an SNL host.
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"Hunger Games" star Josh Hutcherson's easy appeal played well as an SNL host. Though he was used in almost every sketch, SNL mostly cast Hutcherson as the straight man. This move allowed him to work his charm, but didn't give the actor much room to goof or explore atypical roles. 

For Hutcherson's monologue, the writers took an easy route and created a "Hunger Games" scenario in which cast members had to compete (Kate McKinnon made an excellent Effie Trinket). 

Hutcherson played "the cutest boy in school" in the latest rendition of the Girlfriends Talk Show, a brilliant and often subtle critique of young teen dynamics (he makes a decent a cappella joke). Hutcherson then played a hopeful employee seeking a position from a captain of finance who has a baby's body--a sketch that allowed new cast member Beck Bennett to show off some impressive physical comedy. Hutcherson then joined up in one of the evening's best sketches about three inconsiderate medical assistants at an animal hospital.

Another highlight of the evening was the fantastic Aidy Bryant as the worst lady on the airplane --laughing maniacally, with Chinese food in tote, and dozens of loose plastic bags to carry her things. Bryant has been on a roll and this marks her best effort to date. Watch this sketch and other highlights below: 

This article is related to: SNL, Television, Television, TV Reviews, TV, Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games, Hunger Games: Catching Fire , The Hunger Games

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.