Nicole Kidman’s AMC Theatres’ ad turned one year old. The movie theater chain paid a fortune for the Oscar-winning actress to woo audiences back to cinemas. It’s proven so famous that they’re even doing a sequel. And when SNL came back for its 48th season, you better believe they nailed it with this one.
Chloe Fineman does her best Australian accent as Kidman, mostly sticking to the script. One difference? Unlike in the ad, she’s not alone. First, Kenan Thompson joins her, sitting a few seats away until he’s creeped out by her loud monologuing. Soon others — including new cast members Molly Kearney and Michael Longfellow — join her.
Kidman’s AMC ad has been known to inspire Rocky Horror-style participation; sometimes audience members even recite the lines. SNL’s sketch runs with this idea. When Kidman gets to perhaps the most well-known line — “Somehow heartbreak feels good in a place like this” — people start standing up and saluting the screen. Once people start saying it over and over, Kidman gains supernatural powers, levitating above the seats as the lightning comes out of her eyes.