“About four years ago, a buddy of mine, Brady Smith and his wife, Tiffani Thiessen, were pregnant with their first child, Harper,” Herzlinger says.“And Brady had a nightmare after they found out [Thiessen] was pregnant about what would Tiff and Harper do if he died.” Thus, the idea behind Meet My Valentine was born.(Pun intended.) In Meet My Valentine, Tom (Scott Wolf) learns he has just months to live, and sets out to take care of his wife Valentine (Courtney Ford), and 8-year-old daughter, by finding a replacement for himself after he’s gone.
Others included 2013’s How Sweet It Is, Paulie, and Busdriver—a thriller starring Robert Forster, now in post-production.
Herzlinger also directed and starred in 2004’s My Date with Drew, and directed 2009’s Baby on Board; while Black, a high school English teacher- turned standup comic and screenplay writer, tours the country performing his standup act, including a recent run at the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Las Vegas.
Working with a close friend has its benefits, they note.
Independent film from two Marlton natives spins a unique romantic tale The birth of a child is a life-changing experience that can bring on many emotions, added responsibilities and plenty of sleepless nights.
And for three buddies it apparently can also bring great fodder for a movie.
No, we are not talking about a remake of Three Men and a Baby.
Meet My Valentine, the newest film from Marlton natives Brian Herzlinger and Jay Black, was inspired by actress Tiffani Thiessen—perhaps more well-known as teenage icon Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell.
“[After hearing Smith’s idea], we ran off and wrote the script.
And normally we don’t do that without getting paid,” Herzlinger says.
“The idea was something that we hadn’t seen before, and if we get it right, it could be really effective and emotional.” Four years later, after several rewrites and seeking distribution for the film, Meet My Valentine is now a reality for the longtime collaborators who first met back in fourth grade.
Meet My Valentine will be their fourth joint project.