Reese Witherspoon, OCD and a Baby in 'Rule #1'

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When you have obsessive-compulsive disorder and you immerse yourself in whatever triggers your deepest anxieties, it's called "exposure therapy." When you do it in a movie, it's called "Rule #1," and it stars Reese Witherspoon.

Witherspoon is in talks to star as Diana McBride, a woman with OCD who tries to wrangle her anxiety (and get her husband back) by, uh, letting a young woman with a baby come live with her. We're pretty sure that was never a recommended therapy on "Obsessed," but we're not licensed professionals. How that figures into McBride's OCD has yet to be seen, but hopefully this won't be played totally for laffs [sic] involving baby poop.

A good indicator of the tone is the other talent attached, and so far it's a mixed bag. "Frozen River" writer-director Courtney Hunt will direct the film; she was nominated for her "Frozen River" screenplay, and her bleak movie about two women smuggling drugs also earned Melissa Leo her first Oscar nomination. Terrel Seltzer, cowriter of the 1996 romantic comedy "One Fine Day," is handling the screenplay, so it could have an actual "humor for grownups" vibe -- or it could get the same mixed reviews as the Clooney/Pfeiffer vehicle did.

While Witherspoon has an incredible talent for both drama and comedy, her track record as of late has been less than impressive, with movies like "How Do You Know" and "Four Christmases" in her rear-view mirror and a bizarre CIA rom-com directed by McG, "This Means War," coming up. (Then again, we can't blame her for starring in a movie where Tom Hardy and Chris Pine are competing for her affections.)

Who knows? Jack Nicholson proved in "As Good as it Gets" that OCD can be a great plot device. He was so cranky yet eventually lovable, right? Even though the movie kind of made some people want to punch Jack Nicholson in the face.