If at first you don’t succeed…

Posted by · 2:04 am · June 9th, 2009

I Hate Valentine's DayHas Nia Vardalos cloned herself? That’s a pretty terrifying thought, granted, but don’t shudder just yet, because my next statement is even more troubling: Vardalos has another movie out next month.

Yes, fresh from the roaring success of “My Life in Ruins,” Hollywood’s favorite recycler of Hellenic schtick is striking while the iron’s, uh, hot with a romantic comedy titled “I Hate Valentine’s Day.” IFC are the fortunate distributors; I’d say riding the coattails of Fox Searchlight’s Vardalos project must have seemed like a good idea at the time, but, well, how could it have done?

Unlike “My Life in Ruins,” this one is written and directed by the star herself, so Vardalos’ numerous fans can rejoice in the fact that her talent will be unbridled this time. And look! John Corbett is back for the ride, to rekindle that old Greek magic. I bet July 3 suddenly seems too long to wait, huh?

Why had I not heard about this film until today? Why was I not warned? (Hat tip to Stale Popcorn for breaking the news to me gently.) And why, given the title of the film, could they not at least wait until Valentine’s Day 2010 to give us time to recover?

Remember when it looked like a very real possibility that Nia Vardalos could win a Best Original Screenplay Oscar? And then when, in a rare and frankly astonishing gesture of common sense and good taste, they went for Pedro Almodovar instead? It’s days like this when I feel inspired to write a personal thank-you note to every member of the Academy.

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  • 1 6-09-2009 at 2:08 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Speaking of awful rom-coms. I saw the trailer for Management the other day. Now that looks really dreadful, the pitch alone is absolutely stupefying.

  • 2 6-09-2009 at 3:10 am

    adam said...

    I liked how the poster for My Life In Ruins was a copy of the poster for Mamma Mia.

  • 3 6-09-2009 at 3:18 am

    Marlowe said...

    Apparently Nia Vardalos is to people who can write a non-awful movie title as matter is to antimatter.

  • 4 6-09-2009 at 11:58 am

    Hans said...

    Somebody please save this actress from herself.

  • 5 6-09-2009 at 3:45 pm

    John H. Foote said...

    She is so one note it is sad — horribly sad…for us.

  • 6 6-09-2009 at 11:29 pm

    Glenn said...

    Two Vardalos films in such a short amount of time. How privileged are we?!