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Do You Ever See Movies Based Solely on the Cast?

A recent Variety article stated that the specialty films this Fall include "some disturbing and bleak storylines that will need careful marketing at time when moviegoers might want to escape the real-life reality of a failing US economy." Although many of these films feature some big names (Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Sean Penn, etc.) apparently "star names don't necessarily count as much as they used to."

Then again, I know plenty of people who will see any movie whatsoever that features their favorite actor. What about you? Will you see a movie — even if you're not sure you'll like the story or the genre — based solely on the cast members?


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pinky-tuscadero pinky-tuscadero 8 years
Yes, for actors I know will give me my monies worth. But I'll see a movie for the director and I have some favoites like Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Speilberg (with the exception of Hook) I knew that movie was going to be bad.
alethe16 alethe16 8 years
Not only will I go see, but I will also buy, anything with James McAvoy in it. Ever since I saw him in The Last King of Scotland, he's been on my watch list. I also will see pretty much anything with Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, and Ellen Page. I love watching these talented ladies transform themselves into different roles.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
forgot lovely Keira Knightley, but she earned my love solely with her movies. not her private life like the others. Lohan, Jolie and Pitt - I want to see them because of tabloids, Isla Fisher and Jeefrey Dean Morgan - cause they're super hot and Keira Knightley because her movies are actually good. And I love the accent.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
Lohan, Jolie, Pitt, Isla Fisher, Jeffrey Dean Morgan... i'm actually watching accidental husband right now, crappy movie but Jeffrey is so worth it.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
** :oops: <-
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
Yes, often :blush:
habitualthought habitualthought 8 years
It's a yes and no for me. Sometimes I like to see what my favorite actors are doing, like for instance, I think Joseph Gordon Levitt is a really amazing actor so I've seen all the indie movies that he's done. But at the same time, I think Megan Fox is really hot and I like her, but I don't necessarily want to see her act. LOL. But actually there is a movie I've seen recently where I was interested in it because this actor Justin Hartley was supposed to be in, and I love Smallville, but he ended up dropping out of the movie and being a part of the featurette. Anywho, I ended checking out the movie, it's called Chronicles of Hollow Earth: The Next Race, has anyone ever heard of it? It's a really interesting sci fi flick, I recommend it to anyone who's into like Dune or Firefly and stuff. You can watch trailers for it at it's quite cool.
menthadict menthadict 8 years
Clive Owen. At timesKeira Knightley
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
^ Hughes.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Oh I forget to list Robert Downey Jr and films by John Huges.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Sometimes. Though I don't really go to the theater anymore (too pricey and usually left feeling disappointed in a film. However I did want to see Tropic Thunder and Dark Knight :sad: ) I usually rent films now. Names I would go see a movie for are Johnny Depp, Reese Witherspoon, George Clooney, Kate Winslet, Adam Sandler, Sandra Bullock, and a few others. When the movie "The Covenant" came on TV I watched it just for Steven Strait, Chace Crawford and Taylor Kitsch ( :love: ) though the actual movie wasn't so bad,lol. I will also watch any film by Tim Burton and Joel & Ethan Coen.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Yes I will see almost any movie stars Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Gerard Butler, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman, or Audrey Hepburn (her older movies, I mean).
skiwi skiwi 8 years
if Robert Downey Jr. is in it, I'll watch it! :)
Deidre Deidre 8 years
A specific actor or cast isn't enough draw for me. No one performer can carry a movie if the plot/dialogue isn't there. Now, I will definitely see all movies that certain writers do...Charlie Kaufman, for example, is my hero.
zacatecanita zacatecanita 8 years
I've seen almost every movie that Gael Garcia has been in...
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I will see anything with Cate B., Sandra Bullock, Robert DeNiro, Sanna Lathan, Denzel Washington, Patrick Wilson (my new love), Johnny Depp, Ellen Page, Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBeouf, Meryl Streep, Hugh Jackman, Will Smith, Harrison Ford, Derek Lucas, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lauren London and Kate Winslet. There's more, but there's no sense in going on all day. I won't watch anything with Halle Berry, Keira Knightley (she's getting on my last damn nerves), Julia Roberts (tired), Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Elijah Wood, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Douglas (I just don't like him), Wesley Snipes, Some of the people I don't like are in movies with people I do like like Halle and Hugh, but I really love Hugh so I pay'd to see X-men 3.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I saw Lakeview Terrace just for Kerry and Patrick. But I don't know it depends.
sorano916 sorano916 8 years
Case in point... John Krasinski. I have sat through A New Wave, Smiley Face (just barely, btw), License to Wed, Doogal, The Holiday, Dreamgirls, For Your Consideration, Shrek 3, and Leatherheads. Yeah... anything he does, I'll probably watch even if it's not the best thing in the entire world. :D
seven7 seven7 8 years
Ewan McGregor, Morgan Freeman, Hugh Grant (more in the past than now), Gwyneth Paltrow, Sandra Bullock, Reese Whitherspoon, Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom I will not watch anything with Martin Short in it. I tend to avoid Adam Sandler movies. I do watch AS movies, but I do really have to be in a special state of mind for them...and 9 1/2 times out of 10 I am not. I used to love Jim Carey, but I avoid him too now.
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 8 years
Cate Blanchett = 1 ticket, please!
luv2blazy luv2blazy 8 years
I will watch anything with Keira Knightley, Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, John Cusack, and Batman.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
And I would like to say that I thought Burn After Reading was awesome and totally funny. True some of the actors "made" the roles, but isn't that the point of hiring certain actors? Because they'll bring the character to life?
Spiderlove Spiderlove 8 years
Will see anything with Tim Curry...even cartoon/voiceover roles. (yeah, I know he isn't the greatest actor in the universe, but I love him). and REFUSE to see anything with Jim Carrey. He literally makes my skin crawl.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I love going to the movies and will watch almost anything just because I love the movie experience. If a movie has Clooney, Angelina Jolie, johnny Depp, kate Winslet, and a few others that I can't think of right now. There are some people that I might NOT see a movie because they irritate me and Renee Zellweger is on that list. I just can't stand that strained look on her face all the time!
jasmint jasmint 8 years
Most of the time, the actors I like choose to do projects I'd be interested in whether or not they were involved. Once in a while I might see a movie just for the cast (with little interest in other components), but more often than not, its on DVD and not in theaters. I recently saw "Burn After Reading" because some friends wanted to go, and I thought it was pretty bad, but most of the audience was laughing hysterically throughout the whole thing. Really? I strongly believe most of those people wouldn't be laughing if it weren't for the specific cast members (and not the characters) and I'll go as far as to say the movie probably wouldn't have been made (at least not by a studio) if not for the names attached.
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