"I'm sorry, but Cathy Bates played the role the same as many previous Hannigans have. The basic, boring way...playing her as that mean ol' lady who hates her job."
Um...Miss Hannigan IS a mean old lady who hates her job! LOL
The only other movie Hannigan was Carol. So, what other Hannigan's are you using for comparison: Dorothy Loudon? Marcia Lewis? Ruth Kobart? Because, none of them were basic or boring by any stretch of the imagination.
My problem with Carol is that she made the character cartoonish rather than human. Maybe she was directed that way, I don't know. But it was as though she tried to hard to be funny and for me, that was a turn-off.