Movie star romances used to be the thing that made box office numbers soar. Think Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” or Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn in “The Break-Up.”
Another great example: Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz in “Vanilla Sky.”
These movies weren’t Oscar-quality films, but the idea that the stars were fooling around off-camera made ticket sales pop.
Err, well, Mr and Mrs Smith is a funny, violent, light-hearted movie with a lot of hot people in it. Vanilla Sky is at least an interesting concept, but besides that Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz is hot.
Reese Witherspoon is a Good Actress known for playing Good, Important parts. Jake Gyllenhaal is known for “Jarhead.”
I think if their romance had any play in this it just told people that if they were falling in love over what this movie is sure to be like then this movie must surely be like that.
So, while I was in California I neglected to link to this:
And another one which I can’t find right now. If anyone knows where it is, do let me know!