'Valentine's Day' & Other Movies With Star-Studded Casts
He's Just Not That Into You
The most recent movie on this list boasted a long list of celebrities that possibly only "Valentine's Day" can beat at this point. "He's Just Not That Into You" was based on a best selling novel, and the line came from an episode of "Sex And The City." It chronicles the lives of several average people trying to navigate and look for love in the modern world, and the rules that have been forced into the male/female dynamic for years. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Justin Long, Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Connolly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Bradley Cooper, and Scarlett Johansson, it had quite the cast as you can see. Actually a few of these actors will be showing up in "Valentine's Day," so perhaps the two movies are seriously connected! It was an interesting film and did not just sugar coat relationships; several of them in the movie did not work out. It was met with mixed reviews, but there's no doubt that a great deal of its wide success came from the names attached.
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Ocean's 11 series
This series actually works on two levels for big celeb casts, because when it was first made in 1960 it had a star studded cast as well (can we say the Rat Pack?). The remake in 2001 followed this tradition by sporting some of the biggest actors in Hollywood all basically palling around and having so much fun that they agreed to do two more movies. The plot is about a bunch of charming thieves who get together to pull off a major heist job in Vegas. They need eleven people to finish the job. When it was announced that George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Matt Damon were all going to be in this movie, there was no question it would be getting a curious audience. Then there was great work done by the rest of the cast, including Bernie Mac, Andy Garcia, Elliott Gould, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Don Cheadle, Carl Reiner, and Shaobo Qin. The next two films included the addition of Catherine Zeta Jones, Ellen Barkin, and Al Pacino. It's a star studded series!
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"Love Actually" boasted a huge British celebrity cast, and it quickly became one of the best Christmas romances out there. While it had a few hiccups, the movie is generally about love, relationships (both bad and good), and connection. It takes several interconnecting storylines and a wide range of characters and focuses on their love stories. This includes a man in love with his best friend's wife, an aging bad mouthed pop star, the prime minister, a writer who can't speak the same language as his love object, a married man struggling with the desire for infidelity, and a little boy in the midst of his first love after his mother's early passing. Starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Bill Nighy, and many others, it's hard not to come out of the movie with a smile on your face.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
"Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" was placed on this list mostly for a very specific scene, and everyone who has seen the film knows where this is going. This hilarious film became a wild success both in the box office and on DVD, and it's rare to go up to someone between the ages of 18-30 and say 'I love lamp?' and not get a laugh in return. The movie is a parody of news anchors in the 1970s; Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is the best newsman in San Diego, but things get rough when he falls in love with an ambitious female reporter. When she steals his job, his mind turns to vengeance! It starts Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Steve Carell, and Christina Applegate primarily. However, there is a scene in the movie where all the news teams have a brawl, and this includes hilarious appearances by Vince Vaughn, Tim Robbins, Luke Wilson, and Ben Stiller. Jack Black also appears briefly and kicks a dog. It's funnier than it sounds. There's apparently a sequel in the works, until then, stay classy San Diego.
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Best in Show
You could say that all Christopher Guest movies end up as great ensemble casts, and this is generally true. He has a tendency to bring the same actors together for his offbeat and humorous films, but "Best in Show" was particularly entertaining due to the cast. It's a documentary about a huge dog show held in Philadelphia and the five dogs (and their owners) that may just be the potential winners. It's a very amusing look at the show dog world and the weird competitive nature of the owners. The characters include a cute couple and their even cuter dog, two extremely intense and high strung dog owners, a laid back hick with his Bloodhound, a beautiful trophy wife and her focused dog trainer, and a gay couple with their sweet Shih Tzu. Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock, Christopher Guest, Jennifer Coolidge, and Jane Lynch star, and they'll keep you laughing the whole time.
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"Crash" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2005, and while most of the movies on this list are comedies and usually benefit from ensemble casts, this was a very serious drama. It focuses on race relations in the United States today, and it has several different connecting stories going on at once. It openly discussed the continued racism of modern day and the misunderstandings and problems that come from it. Starring Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Ludacris, Ryan Phillippe, and Jennifer Esposito, among many others, it's a tense and tragic film. While the cast may not have really been the selling point of the film, it's uncertain that it would've done so well with a cast of only unknowns. Considering the budget was only 6.5 million and it made almost 100 million in the theaters, this movie is the definition of a box office hit.
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Honorable Mention: True Romance, All the King's Men, JFK, Lord Of The Rings, Magnolia, Traffic
Story by Chelsea Doyle
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