We All Eatin’ Now: Movies That Starred E’rybody And Their Mama And Daddy

July 3, 2013  |  
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When a movie poster starts to look like a jigsaw puzzle, you know some serious checks were cut to not just get two or three big names involved, but five or six or seven. In recent years, movie studios seem to passing up on the idea of letting one blockbuster actor or actress carry a film, opting for a “the more the merrier” approach and throwing in some of everybody and the kitchen sink. We’re not mad at it, just trying to figure out how they afford it. Here are some movies with the biggest casts we’ve ever seen.

Think Like A Man

Kevin Hart, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Regina King, Terrence J., Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, and Romany Malco were enough to make this one of the biggest black ensembles we’ve seen in a motion picture, but then casting directors went and added 80,000 other people to the payroll. By the end of this flick, we saw cameos by La La Anthony, Chris Brown, Wendy Williams, Sherri Shepherd, Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson, and Tika Sumpter — and that’s truly not even the half. Honestly! See the rest here.

Baggage Claim

Destined to one-up Think Like a ManBaggage Claim hasn’t even come out yet but we can tell a lot of folks will be eating if it does well. Look at all the people on the poster! We’ve got Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, La La Anthony, Tia Mowry, Trey Songz, Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, and Adam Brody. They must be filling up the whole plane with Hollywood actors!

New Year’s Eve

I’m still trying to figure out how this movie even happened and what director Garry Marshall said to these A-listers to get them involved with this movie. The full cast list for New Year’s Eve has 31 names and we’re not talking small fries here. Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, and even New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg got in on this action. Despite terrible reviews, New Year’s Eve was a box office success, opening at number one and grossing $142 million when all was said and done.

He’s Just Not That Into You

I always look at He’s Just Not That Into You as the white Think Like a Man, although I guess we stole the premise since this flick came out first and was based on the book by the same name. Either way, as you can see from the poster, lots of well-paid faces came together to make this romantic comedy happen. Aside from the nine main actors — which included three Jennifers — several other celebs had cameos, including Tia Mowry’s hubby, Cory Hardrict.


Big names don’t only come together to make throwaway comedies. In 2004, an excellent group of actors signed on to make the racially-charged film Crash. Matt Dillon, Don Cheadle, Thandie Newton, Brendan Fraser, Sandra Bullock, Ryan Phillippe, Terrence Howard, Michael Peña, Ludacris, and Jennifer Esposito all lent their talents to make this stellar cinematic crime drama, which unfortunately received far less shine than it should have.

Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13

You know a film is full of stellar talent when a disclaimer is added explaining that the names on the poster are in alphabetical order, as opposed to order of importance. And really, how could you rank the actors in oceans 11, 12, or, 13? You had  Bernie Mac, Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy García, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Julia Roberts. Even Oprah got in on this one by time the third sequel came out.

Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day poster looks like a duplicate of New Year’s Eve all over again, doesn’t it?  There’s good reason, it was directed by the same guy, Garry Marshall, and actually came out a year before New Year’s Eve. The romantic comedy featured appearances by Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Taylor Lautner, Taylor Swift, Queen Latifah, Anne Hathaway, and other names too small on the poster to read. It’s a good thing this flick brought in so much cash at the box office and was relatively low budget.

For Colored Girls

Another serious drama on our list, For Colored Girls featured a large cast because it had to in order to stay true to the play it was adapted from, Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Featured were Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg,  Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, and Tessa Thompson, as well as Omari Hardwick, Michael Ealy, Khalil Kain, Macy Gray, and Hill Harper.

A League of their Own

There may only be three people on this movie poster, but A League of Their Own, featured many more — they did  need enough for a baseball team after all. That’s why we saw Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’ Donnell, Tom Hanks, and a host of others faces as left and right outfielders.

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