By Adam Markovitz
Updated May 14, 2009 at 09:46 PM EDT

The recession has already coughed up great deals like double coupons, half-off clothes, and free chicken dinners. And now it looks like the discount craze is headed for our local theaters with a crop of movies that might as well save a few more bucks by splitting a single tagline: “Buy one movie, get six stars, free!”

Whether it’s an actual phenomenon or just a coincidence, the list of celebs packed into three upcoming releases — the musical Nine, and the comedies Valentine’s Day and Date Night (three cast members pictured) — reads like the seating chart at the Academy Awards (in Nine alone the cast members have a whopping 20 Oscar nods between them). I won’t bother rattling off all the actors for you (click on the links above for cast info), but it seems like we’ve got about 60 percent of Hollywood’s A-List packed into three pics.

It’s easy to come up with examples of times when the all-star strategy worked (Ocean’s Eleven) and didn’t (All the King’s Men, anyone?). But overall, I subscribe to a more-is-better philosophy when it comes to movies. Why should the “best friend” be played by some One Tree Gossip Night Lights thing if Jennifer Garner is up for the job?

What do you think, PopWatchers? Which of these movies are you looking forward to most? Is more always merrier? Or is there such a thing as star-overload? (And why wasn’t Star Overload ever the name of a synth-pop duo?)