Kate Hudson and romantic comedies, like this week's 'Something Borrowed,' go together like peanut butter and jelly. Her flicks have even been used as a punch line on '30 Rock,' when Tracy explains he did a movie with notorious North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il because it was either that or a role in a Kate Hudson movie.

It hasn't always been this way. Remember when young Kate first burst onto the scene as the unforgettable Penny Lane in 'Almost Famous'? Everyone was all atwitter, proclaiming that she had what it took to follow in her famous mother's footsteps.

Mama Goldie Hawn made her mark as a versatile funny lady in classics like 'Overboard,' 'Death Becomes Her' and 'The First Wives Club'; she also scooped up an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 'Cactus Flower' and landed a nom for Best Actress for 1980's 'Private Benjamin.'

When Kate garnered an Oscar nomination for 'Almost Famous' a decade ago, she appeared to be well on her way towards a career as illustrious and fulfilling as her mother's. But then, instead of following up her critically acclaimed role with another meaty endeavor, she took on a slew of rom-coms, from 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,' to 'You, Me and Dupree' to 'Fool's Gold.' (Hmm, is Matthew McConaughey her kryptonite?)