Valentine’s Day

BB

(out of 5)


Garry Marshall spreads his penchant for empty-headed feelgood stories over a multitude of characters in this nearly unbearable romantic comedy that examines the lives of Los Angelinos on Valentine’s Day. Among them is a teenager () preparing to have sex with her boyfriend for the first time, a secretary () who moonlights as a phone sex operator and has just met a new boy (), a football player () who has fallen from grace, a returning soldier () who meets a man on an airplane () and, most annoying, a florist () who has just successfully proposed to his vapid girlfriend (). Everything looks lovely and there’s a potential for ensemble cast fun, but Marshall has spent far too much time making plastic Hollywood movies and this one shows a complete lack of connection with any kind of reality. The situations these people all find themselves in are not even tangible enough for sitcom television, and the film is rarely funny enough to merit the time it takes to play itself out. Most of the acting is atrocious, except for Roberts who far outclasses her co-stars, while  makes an ill-advised turn to acting with her weak delivery.


New Line Cinema, Rice Films, Karz Entertainment

USA, 2010

Directed by

Story by , , , Screenplay by Katherine Fugate

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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