Ensemble Cast in Movies – Valentine’s Day

heartI stumbled upon this upcoming movie on IMDB the other day, and it kind of reminded me of Love, Actually (which was set in London around Christmas time) when I read the plot: Intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles break-up and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine’s Day.

Garry Marshall, the director of Pretty Woman who pretty much launched Julia Roberts’ career into Hollywood’s stratosphere, is teaming up with her again in what’s got to be the most star-studded cast I’ve seen in a while. Keeping Julia’s company are seasoned thespian Shirley MacLaine, the new ‘it’ boy Bradley Cooper; ‘it’ girls Jessica Biel & Anne Hathaway; tripple-threats Jamie Foxx & Queen Latifah; two young’un Taylors: Taylor Lautner of Twilight fame and singer Taylor Swift; and Seattle Grace’s docs McSteamy (Patrick Dempsey) & McDreamy (Eric Dane). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Foxx will play a sports reporter and Latifah will portray an agent for a football player played by Eric Dane.

See the full cast in IMDB, quite an interesting bunch, wouldn’t you say? Because of the romantic theme, I immediately think of Love, Actually, but it could actually be more of a romantic version Crash as it’s also set in L.A. with the characters in separate stories interwoven together.

Flicks with ensemble cast are generally fun to watch even though under less capable hands, the character development and plot can be compromised. Let’s hope Garry Marshall does this one right and not make it overly schmaltzy. This sounds like right up his alley, but I’ll reserve my judgment at least until the trailer comes out.

3 thoughts on “Ensemble Cast in Movies – Valentine’s Day

  1. Mike

    The GF will be all over that one, which means I’ll be see’n this. Garry Marshall is a solid director, so I trust it should be pretty good. Thanks for the warning on this one! LOL …

  2. mcarteratthemovies

    What a random, wacky combination of heavyweight talents and … well … lighter-weight actors! This one looks a little odd, but I said the same of “Love, Actually” and ended up loving it (some stories more than others, though). I’m glad to see the “interwoven stories” angle is coming back. There was a rush of it in the late ’90s and when “Crash” came out, but then it went away. I never get tired of those kinds of movies, strangely enough.

    1. rtm

      Yeah I thought so too, Meredith, but I’m guessing each story would exist independently so it might not be too jumbling. Another ensemble cast that’s somewhat peculiar but fun to watch is “Paris, Je t’aime.” Several different directors create their own love story in Paris with various actors, and some are weirder than others. Check it out if you haven’t seen it, one of our fave Maggie Gyllenhaal is in one of the stories.

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