Omnibus Romantic Comedy Actually Dares To Cast Black People
The omnibus romantic comedy Valentine's Day has already found at least one way to trump its obvious inspiration, He's Just Not That Into You-- they actually cast people of color in speaking roles! Whereas the first film settled for a pair of Greek chorus sassy black women offering advice to buy fried chicken, Valentine's Day actually bothered to cast the likes of Queen Latifah and Jamie Foxx, who will join the ensemble of Angelenos suffering love problems on the most romantic of days.
According to THR Latifah will play the agent of Eric Dane's character, a football player, while Jamie Foxx steps in as a TV sports reporter working on a Valentine's Day special. Carter Jenkins, of the TV show Aliens in America, has also been cast as a teenager trying to find the time to lose his virginity to his girlfriend (Emma Roberts). The giant cast also includes Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Shirley MacLaine, Bradley Cooper, Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, Emma Roberts, Hector Elizondo and Patrick Dempsey.
Something about this movie, whether its the giganticness or the promise of all those shiny white teeth, has an appeal, kind of like a romantic comedy black hole sucking in all around it. Odds are there's at least one actor in this movie who you kinda like, and when Valentine's Day itself rolls around, will there be another option of what to see? Now that they've made at least some overture toward black audiences, the takeover is utterly complete.
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