Valentine's Day

"Good"

Valentine's Day Review


With an enormous ensemble cast and more intertwined plots than you can count, this fluffy concoction is shamelessly sentimental and silly, and yet it's also an undemanding crowd-pleaser.

Valentine's Day in Los Angeles brings a series of romantic crises. A flower seller (Kutcher) has proposed to his less-than-keen girlfriend (Alba), then discovers his best friend's (Garner) boyfriend (Dempsey) is married. A phone-sex operator (Hathaway) is afraid to tell her boyfriend (Grace) what she does for a living. An romance-hating publicist (Biel) is helping her client (Dane) manage a media storm. A group of teens (Swift, Lautner, Roberts and Jenkins) are grappling with chastity. And two strangers (Roberts and Cooper) strike up a conversation on a trans-Atlantic flight.

The script is remarkably tight--and hugely contrived--in the way it draws these people together to tell each little story as a self-contained rom-com. In many ways, this is an American variation on Love Actually, although it's even less edgy and honest, if that's possible. Still, several of the stories and characters engage us through writing and performances that hint at a better movie than this.

After his initial goofiness, Kutcher becomes the heart of the film, and carries some strong scenes with Alba, Garner and Robinson (as a young boy with a hopeless crush). The Hathaway-Grace story is the film's best mix of realistic comedy and drama, although the final resolution is corny. The funniest scene is a Larry Miller cameo. And it's nice that MacLaine and Elizondo are in the mix as an established couple even if their plotline strains credibility.

Less developed is Biel's story, which involves Dane as well as Foxx (as a TV journalist) and Latifah (as an agent). And the teenage strand is both silly and preachy, although the actors are extremely watchable. While the Roberts-Cooper sequences feel irrelevant, they're nicely underplayed (of course they tie in later). And you have to feel sorry for Dempsey, stuck with the film's only nasty character.

This is one of those films that's unapologetically cute and schmaltzy from the start. Marshall directs it with a shiny, bland energy that makes it easy to watch. It never gets remotely naughty, although it pretends like it does. And every plotline is deeply predictable and moralistic. But with all of these plots, plus a random Bollywood number, you simply won't care.



Valentine's Day

Facts and Figures

Genre: Romance

Run time: 125 mins

In Theaters: Friday 12th February 2010

Box Office USA: $110.0M

Box Office Worldwide: $213.8M

Budget: $52M

Distributed by: New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: New Line Cinema

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 18%
Fresh: 34 Rotten: 151

IMDB: 5.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , , Josie Rosen

Starring: as Morley Clarkson, as Kara Monahan, as Holden, as Sean Jackson, as Dr. Harrison Copeland, as Edgar, as Kelvin Moore, as Julia Fitzpatrick, as Jason, as Liz, as Alex, as Reed Bennett, as Paula Thomas, as Alphonso, as Estelle, as Grace, as Captain Kate Hazeltine, as Willy, as Susan, as Felicia, as Masseuse, as Pamela Copeland

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