Saturday Night Live recap: Amy Adams and One Direction

December 21, 2014 3:23 PM

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This year's Christmas show had some factors working against it. First of all, last year's was a Jimmy Fallon-Justin Timberlake blow out that brought us one of the best sketches in recent memory, "(Do It On My) Twin Bed." Furthermore, this week the cast had to try to draw laughs out of a news cycle that's impossible to ignore but very hard to make funny. Even host Amy Adams's monologue acknowledged the fact that this Christmas season hasn't given anyone much to be merry about.

But even with tempered expectations and the addition of some special guests—one of which was truly a surprise—the outing was a low energy one. Adams was eager to show off her Enchanted pipes, but wasn't given material that would yield a standout performance on her part and, therefore, mostly blended...

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