Reese Witherspoon, why do you do this to me? I do not understand. I mean, I get that you have a mortgage and some kids, and that everyone likes money, but you seem to have forgotten that you are a really, really good actor.

To be fair, I haven’t seen “This Means War,” which opens Friday. Maybe it’s amazing. Anything is possible. But the past five or six years — since you won the Oscar for “Walk the Line” — have not been promising. You’ve done movies no one saw (like “Rendition” and “Penelope”), and the movies that people did see were not good (like “Four Christmases,” “Water for Elephants” and the absolutely terrible “How Do You Know”). Leave crap like that to Katherine Heigl. Seriously, Reese, you have to start making better choices.

Here’s what you should do: Go back to Alexander Payne, who directed you in your best performance to date: as Tracy Flick in “Election.” Ask to be a part of his next movie — you know he’ll have one because “The Descendants” did relatively well. If he doesn’t have a part for you, ask to do something else, like maybe cater the production. Hitch your wagon to him, because he writes complex, funny parts for women, and those are what you do best. Hold out for those. You might have to work less. But it’ll be OK, because the work you will do will make you proud.