IFC Films announced today it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to "I Hate Valentine’s Day," a New York-set romantic comedy starring Nia Vardalos and John Corbett.
"I Hate Valentine’s Day" marks the first on-screen reunion of Vardalos and Corbett since the 2002 hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," which is IFC Films’ highest grossing film to date as well as the most successful platform release of all time.
Written by Vardalos, who is making her directorial debut, the supporting cast of "I Hate Valentine’s Day" includes “30 Rock” star Judah Friedlander, “Saturday Night Live” veteran Rachel Dratch and Zoe Kazan, the recipient of the 2009 Best Actress award from the Tribeca Film Festival for “The Exploding Girl.”
In "I Hate Valentine’s Day," Vardalos stars as Genevieve, a romantic, carefree florist. She loves romance but keeps her relationships short with a "five date" rule. Her theory is tested when her whirlwind romance with Greg (Corbett), the charming new restaurateur in town, reaches the end of their fifth date, and she realizes she wants more.
Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment said, “After our successful collaboration on "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," we couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Nia and John again. We think this romantic comedy is the perfect film for all of our platforms and are incredibly excited by its prospects.”
Vardalos said, "Shooting this indie in 18 days was the most challenging and exhilarating project I have ever taken on, and was made possible by the support of the producers, the goodwill of Second City friends’ "I’m in" attitude, and the generous and kind John Corbett always making my words better. So now, to have our old friends IFC release this film feels like a perfect fit."
Vardalos can also be seen this spring in "My Life in Ruins," a romance from 20th Century Fox also starring Richard Dreyfuss, Harland Williams and Rachel Dratch. "My Life in Ruins" was the closing night film of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
"Valentine’s Day" will go through IFC Entertainment’s exclusive deal with Blockbuster. The agreement enables IFC Films to reach a broader audience for its titles through Blockbuster’s stores, by-mail subscription services and digital downloading service at Blockbuster.com.