“Valentine’s Day” Is More Like Déjà Vu
It’s hard not to marvel at the movie poster for “Valentine’s Day” and the amount of celebrity faces they were able to squeeze recognizably into a heart shape (adorable). The average movie-goer might even be skeptical as to why so many name-actors would agree to share two-hours of screen time in a heart-tugging love story about the interconnectedness of relationships (a la “Love Actually”). As I watched this film I began to get a strong sense of déjà vu and realized that all the actors in the film are linked in a strange way that paralleled the movie’s premise of connected relationships. I couldn’t help but play my own version of “Seven Degrees To Kevin Bacon” in my head while watching this film. Ready for it?
Emma Roberts played the hormone-driven teenager Grace in the film. She is the niece of Julia Roberts, who played the keenly observing Army Captain/mother Kate Hazeltine. Julia Roberts reached her stardom through the smash hit “Pretty Woman”, which was directed by “Valentine’s Day” director Gary Marshall. Hector Elizondo, who played the faithful grandpa/husband Edgar, has been in 8 Gary Marshall movies including “Pretty Woman” and “Runaway Bride”(another one with Julia Roberts). Shirley MacLaine, who played Elizondo’s naughty wife, was in “Steel Magnolias” with Roberts right before “Pretty Woman” came out. Anne Hathaway played the receptionist/adult phone operator Liz. Hathaway’s big screen debut was alongside Elizondo in “The Princess Diaries” directed by, of coarse, Garry Marshall (and the squeal too). Topher Grace, who played Hathaway’s love interest, reached his fame on “That 70’s Show” alongside Ashton Kutcher, who played hopeless romantic Reed Bennett in the film. Have déjà vu yet?
Jennifer Garner played Kutcher’s best friend in the film. She also was in the “The Kingdom” with Jaime Foxx, who played the anti-Valentine sports reporter. Bradley Cooper played the generous jet setter Holden and was a regular on the TV show “Alias” alongside Garner. Eric Dane, who played quarterback Sean Jackson, ended up having an interesting relationship to Cooper’s character that was revealed at the end of the film (I won’t spoil it). Dane reached his notoriety on Grey’s Anatomy (McSteamy) alongside Patrick Dempsey (McDreamy), who played the three-timing no-good Dr. Copeland in the film.
Unfortunately this game leaves out Taylor Swift, Queen Latifah, Jessica Alba, and Taylor Launter. Wait, that gives me an idea: Gary Marshall’s next film should be a country/jazz musical about shirtless werewolves fighting against super hero babes with Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway playing mother/daughter vampires and Hector Elizondo as the wise old sage who obtains the secrets to the mythical forest in which they all live. That’s genius.
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