Valentine s Day

  • Directors: Garry Marshall
  • Producers: Samuel J Brown, Mike Karz, Wayne Allan Rice, Josie Rosen
  • Writers: Abby Kohn, Mark Silverstein, Katherine Fugate
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Ashton Kutcher, Alex Williams, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane, Emma Roberts, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, Queen Latifah, Topher Grace, Carter Jenkins, Shirley MacLaine, Hector Elizondo

10 stories of different people on Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles are all linked in some way. The story was written by Abby Kohn and Mark Silverstein.

The Princess Diaries

  • Directors: Garry Marshall
  • Producers: Debra Martin Chase, Whitney Houston, Mario Iscovich
  • Writers: Meg Cabot, Gina Wendkos
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance
  • Actors: Anne Hathaway, Heather Matarazzo, Julie Andrews, Mandy Moore

Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is a fifteen-year-old tenth grade private school student who lives with her mother Helen Thermopolis (Caroline Goodall) and her cat, Fat Louie, in a San Francisco firehouse. Her father, Philippe Renaldi (who was divorced but in touch with her) died two months earlier in a car crash. Although Mia is an average student, she is very unpopular, but has two good friends: Lilly Moscovitz (Heather Matarazzo) and Lilly’s older brother, Michael Moscovitz (Robert Schwartzman), who has a crush on Mia. Mia is regularly teased by her peers for her gawkiness and frizzy hair, mostly by Lana Thomas (Mandy Moore), a fellow tenth grader who is captain of the school cheerleading team, and her friends. Mia is jealous of Lana because she is in a relationship with Josh Bryant (Erik von Detten), a twelfth grader “Backstreet Boy clone” (as her mother describes him) on whom she has had a crush since grade school.

Shortly before Mia’s sixteenth birthday, she learns from her mother that her paternal grandmother is visiting from Genovia, a fictional country in Europe (which bears some similarity to the actual Republic of Genoa, had it not become part of unified Italy). At first Mia does not want to see her, but agrees to after some persuasion. The next day, Mia meets her grandmother, Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews), at the Genovian consulate for the first time, who explains that the reason she wanted to see her was because of a “life-changing” problem. She learns that her father was the crown prince of Genovia and she is the next crown princess of Genovia and the only heir to the Genovian throne because of her father’s death. She was shocked to learn that she is a princess and exclaims “shut up!” to her grandmother’s disapproval. Mia quickly leaves the house and returns home, after which she begins fighting with her mother for not telling her when she was younger.

Josh asks Mia to go with him to the Baker Beach Bash, the school’s annual beach party, and she excitedly agrees. She remembers to tell Michael that she will watch his band the following Saturday night, but forgets to tell Lilly of the change. Lilly was very angry when she knew about it. The beach party goes well at first, but spirals out of control when the media learn of Mia’s presence. Josh publicly embarrasses her by kissing her in front of photographers, and Lana helps them take pictures of her clad only in a towel. This causes a media frenzy and displeases Clarisse. Clarisse then gets a wake up call from Joe, telling her that she has to remember that although Mia is a princess, and the heir to her throne, Mia is still her granddaughter. To reconstruct her friendships with Lilly and Michael, Mia invites them to the Genovian Independence Day Ball, where she must reveal whether or not she wants to accept her duties as a princess. Originally intent on running away to Colorado because she wants to avoid renouncing her throne with a speech (Mia is terrible at public speaking), Mia finds a sixteenth birthday gift and letter from her father, written before his death. After reading the letter, she changes her mind and makes her way to the ball, as it begins raining. Her car’s roof will not go up though, so she is stuck driving in the rain and her car breaks down when she attempts to go up an incredibly steep hill. Joe finds her drenched halfway to the event. Upon arrival, Mia makes a speech announcing her acceptance to the Genovian throne. She is happy to see that her friends attended, and kisses Michael in the garden. Clarisse and Joe also walk out of the Genovian consulate holding hands, showing sparks of a relationship. The film ends with the cast dancing informally, and Mia on an airplane arriving in Genovia as she narrates the coming summer’s events.

Chicken Little

  • Directors: Mark Dindal
  • Producers: Randy Fullmer
  • Writers: Steve Bencich, Ron J Friedman
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Zach Braff, Garry Marshall, Joan Cusack, Steve Zahn, Don Knotts, Patrick Stewart, Drew Carey

The film is inspired by the fable The Sky is Falling (also known as Chicken Licken, Henny Penny (By Samual Crompton), or Chicken Little). In the small suburban town of Oakey Oaks, Chicken Little (Zach Braff) rings the school bell and cries for everyone to “run for your lives!” This sends the whole town into a frenzied panic that causes so much havoc that it destroys a small part of the town; eventually they calm down enough to ask him what’s wrong, and Chicken Little explains that a piece of the sky shaped like a stop sign had fallen on his head when he was sitting under the big Oak tree in the town square. He’s unable to find the piece now. His father, Buck Cluck (Garry Marshall), ashamedly assumes that this “piece of sky” was just an acorn that had fallen off the tree and had hit him on the head. Chicken Little becomes the laughing stock of the town.

A year later, Little has become infamous in the town for being crazy, which has led to people avoiding him because of his supposed insanity, his only friends are outcasts like himself: Abby Mallard (Joan Cusack), who is called “Ugly Duckling” (who has a crush on Chicken Little); Runt of the Litter (Steve Zahn), who is extremely large despite being the smallest in the family; and Fish out of Water (Dan Molina), who wears a helmet full of water and does not speak, except in gurgles. All have been mocked and teased by neighborhood bully Foxy Loxy (Amy Sedaris) and her friend Goosey Loosey (Mark Walton).

In the invasion, Buck Cluck, now regaining his pride and trust in Little, defends him from the aliens, even going as far as deflecting an incoming vaporizer ray with a garbage can lid, throwing the lid at the creatures, and punching them away at the top of town hall. Abby, Runt and Fish also aid Chicken Little in his quest to return Kirby to his parents. It is then discovered that the aliens weren’t vaporizing people, the ray guns teleported them aboard a spaceship. Afterwards, the aliens return everything to normal (though Foxy Loxy’s mind was slightly scrambled after she was restored, making her more girly and kind), and Hollywood makes a heavily dramatized film about Chicken Little. At the end of the movie, Little and Abby are seen secretly holding hands in their popcorn bucket, and everyone cheers for Chicken Little’s efforts to save the town.

Pretty Woman

  • Directors: Garry Marshall
  • Producers: Laura Ziskin
  • Writers: J F Lawton
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Hector Elizondo

Corporate raider Edward Lewis (Gere) is having trouble driving the Lotus Esprit he has borrowed and stops to ask for directions on Hollywood Boulevard. Vivian Ward (Roberts), a hooker with a heart of gold, thinks he is trying to find “a date” and walks over to his car. A lost Edward agrees to pay Vivian for directions. Rather than giving him the directions he wants, Vivian jumps in the car and offers to show him personally. On the way to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (Beverly Hills), Vivian comments on his bad driving. Much to her surprise and delight, Edward asks her to drive the rest of the way. Despite the Lotus’s famously stiff clutch, she demonstrates driving skill and takes him to his hotel without mishap. Vivian, who thinks she has charmed Edward, is at first rejected and says she will return to her corner by taxi. When Edward sees her a few minutes later waiting at the bus stop, he offers to hire her for an hour, which after some awkward conversation (on his part), becomes a night.

Edward explains his business to Vivian–he buys large companies, breaks them up and sells them in smaller parts for profit. Vivian compares it to a chop shop, where stolen cars are cut up for parts and usually sold for more than the whole car is worth. Edward acknowledges the validity of the comparison for the first time. He later reveals the origin of his business methods to Vivian: when he was a boy, his father divorced his mother to be with another woman, and emptied his wife’s bank account as well as taking his own money. Consequently, his mother died in poverty, and Edward grew angry and bitter over time. He told Vivian that his father was the president of the third company he took over, broke up and sold off. His revenge was taken, but his appetite for more still lives on.

The next day, Edward checks out of the hotel. Barnard notices his pensiveness and remarks how difficult it must be to give up something so beautiful, supposedly referring to the diamond necklace. He also notes that Darryl, Edward’s usual driver, had dropped Vivian off at her apartment the day before. Edward asks Darryl to drive him to Vivian’s apartment in a white limousine; he arrives as Vivian is packing to move to San Francisco. Edward has flowers, and opera music is blaring from the car. Although nervous, Edward controls his fear of heights and climbs the fire escape to Vivian’s apartment. Vivian meets him on the landing, and he asks what happens in her fantasy after the knight on the white horse rescues her. “She rescues him right back”, says Vivian, and they kiss.