Despite a negative critical reception, Nathan Rabin of the A. Club wrote that Adams plays her "alpha-bitch role with vicious glee largely missing from Sarah Michelle Gellar's sterile take on the character".Following brief roles in three small-scale features of 2002—The Slaughter Rule, Pumpkin, and Serving Sara—Adams found her first high-profile part in Steven Spielberg's comedy-drama Catch Me If You Can.She followed it by playing naive, optimistic women in a series of films, including the 2008 drama Doubt.
During a performance of Anything Goes at the Country Dinner Playhouse in 1995, she was spotted by Michael Brindisi, the president and artistic director of the Minneapolis-based Chanhassen Dinner Theater, who offered her a job there.
Her performance, which is actually getting Oscar buzz, reminds us a lot of those classic cartoon characters.
She also has a great voice — the songs in the movie are written by the same team behind Aladdin and Pocahontas.
Her breakthrough came in the part of a loquacious pregnant woman in the 2005 independent film Junebug.
The 2007 musical Enchanted, in which she played a cheerful Disney Princess, was Adams' first major success as a leading lady.