Celebrity Actor Cramming
Nevertheless, the same producer is back with a follow-up, I Love You, New York, with the same conceit: Several short films about love in New York City. The directors aren't as top notch -- Bret Ratner is among them, as is Natalie Portman (as a director and a star), as well as Mira Nair, and Allen Hughes. The cast is all over the place: Shia LaBeouf, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Orlando Bloom, Hayden Christensen, Robin Wright Penn, Olivia Thirlby, Christina Ricci, Blake Lively, and a few others. Still, it feels like a movie they are selling on the basis of the cast, and since there's no through line to the anthology, a trailer is difficult to put together. Mostly, it's an opportunity to say: Ooooh. Ooh. I know that guy. And her! I like him! But beyond the recognition factor, there's nothing particularly compelling here. Like most literary anthologies, I suspect it's the worst work of great authors and the best work of bad authors.