To celebrate Valentine’s Day, TF1 Séries Films is showing Garry Marshall’s choral film, Valentine’s Day. This romantic comedy is the first part of a festive trilogy.
Released in theaters in February 2010 for Valentine’s Day, Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy Valentine’s Day is a choral film that follows different characters on the evening of the Feast of Love. The feature film is carried by a 4-star cast made up of Julia Roberts (whom the director finds after Pretty Woman and Just married (or almost)), Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway (revealed to the general public in 2001 thanks to to Marshall’s film, Princess despite herself), Jamie Foxx, Jessica Biel, Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, Eric Dane or even Taylor Lautner, Taylor Swift, Shirley MacLaine and Kathy Bates.
But did you know that Valentine’s Day is the first part of a trilogy? Indeed after the success of this romance, the director and producers have embarked on a series of festive themed films.
A year after Valentine’s Day, Garry Marshall directs Happy New Year, a choral film that follows several people (played by Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashton kutcher, Lea Michele and Zac Efron) on New Years Eve in New York City. Five years later, Happy Mother’s Day, the last part of the trilogy, is born. For this comedy, Garry Marshall surrounds himself with Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer garner, Timothy Olyphant and again Julia Roberts. The film tells of the crossed destinies of several mothers and fathers of families as the famous celebration approaches.
But the five years between the second and the third part have not been easy. In addition to the director’s illness, the production company New Line Cinéma, which financed the films, finally withdrew. With a pharaonic budget of $ 52 million, Valentine’s Day grossed 216.5 million greenbacks at the international box office. Confident, the producers therefore agreed to fund Happy New Year to the tune of $ 56 million, but the world box office results are disappointing since the film only totals $ 142 million.
New Line Cinema (subsidiary of the conglomerate WarnerMedia) therefore decides to withdraw and it is the company Open Road Films which produces and distributes the third part for a limited budget of 25 million dollars. Happy Mothers Day earned just $ 48.8 million at the international box office, the smallest result of the trilogy. However, the filmmaker was not against the idea of a fourth themed choral film, but the latter unfortunately died a month and a half after the release of Happy Mother’s Day.
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