Valentine's Day: A Movie Review

February 18, 2010
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"...Valentine's Day, it's about love, it's about romance..." The movie, Valentine's Day, recently came out Valentine's weekend this past February. Directed by Gary Marshall, who also directed the movies Pretty Woman, and The Runaway Bride, Valentine's Day tells the overlapping stories of twenty-one people and their eventful Valentine's Day experiences with those they love.

The film ultimately included the most featured, Ashton Kutcher, and also four Oscar winners (Jamie Fox, Julia Roberts, Kathy Bates, and Shirley MacLaine), two Oscar nominees (Queen Latifah and Anne Hathaway), an Emmy winner (Hector Elizondo), two Emmy nominees (Jennifer Garner and Patrick Dempsey), Grammy-winning pop star (Taylor Swift), and Twilight actor (Taylor Laughtner).

Valentine's Day raked in about 6.3 million dollars opening weekend grabbing the number one spot in the box office. The film also passed two other anticipated and high-profile openings. These openings included: 20th Century Fox's action fantasy Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which debuted at number two with 31.1 million dollars over three days, and Universal's werewolf tale, The Wolfman, with 30.6 million dollars.

All in all, I felt the movie had some comical moments, but they were not good enough to out last the completely predictable star packed scenes. The fact the movie was filled to the brim with well known faces, seemed to me that director, Gary Marshall, had nothing better to attract viewers with.

In the movie, Ashton Kutcher plays a florist named Reed who owns a flower shop. Because it's Valentine's Day, Reed gets to serve almost all the people in a tightly packed Los Angeles neighborhood. Ironically, the movie made it seem as if all the citizens of L.A. go to the same floral shop. Before Reed begins his long day at work delivering flowers and taking orders, he decides to propose to his girlfriend, Morely (Jessica Alba). Mean while, Reed's best friend, Julia (Jennifer Garner), is trying to spend the day with her boyfriend, Harrison (Patrick Dempsey), who isn't as perfect as he seems to be. On the other hand, Alphonso (George Lopez), Reed's coworker, hands out advice to Reed about his relationships, while he himself seems to be the only character in the movie participating in a non-superficial relationship.

In addition, Julia Roberts and Bradely Cooper play two mysterious characters who sit next to each other on a flight home to Los Angeles. Julia Roberts, who's character is an Army officer on leave, seems to be coming home for just one day to see her special someone, while Bradely Cooper, playing a friendly flight passenger, appears to be overly flirtatious with Roberts. At the end of the movie the truth about Roberts's and Cooper's identities are revealed. In my opinion, I felt the stories of these two characters were about the most unpredictable, yet expected, aspects of the entire movie.

On the other hand, high school sweet hearts played by Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift seem to fill in the spots of the movie where Marshall apparently thought there were not enough celebrities already.

Overall, this movie was okay, but not for me. If you're looking for a film just to view stars and not the actual roles they play, this is the movie for you. In the mood for a sugary and sappy chick-flick without very much relevant substance? No worries, this movie will also suit your needs. All in all, it ultimately depends what you're up for tolerating. I recommend for movie fanatics to see this movie for themselves, and if they find they enjoy the unrealistic yet slightly holding plot, they might want to keep in mind that Gary Marshall is possibly planning on creating a sequel to Valentine's Day called, New Year's Eve.

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WiseGirl said...
May 25, 2010 at 7:43 pm
Good job writing this.
--LoveHappens-- said...
May 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm
I really liked your review it was simple and nicely critique. Personally I really loved the movie even though it was predictable I thought it was funny and amusing. You are right the characters on the plane had the most unpredictable stories and I was shocked at the end. I think the reason I did enjoy this is that I am a sucker for love stories. Good job and if you would please read The Pretty One and other of my work and leave a comment for feedback. Thanks
jazzytav95 said...
Feb. 27, 2010 at 10:04 am
I'm supposed to see that movie today
jejouegenius said...
Feb. 25, 2010 at 11:46 pm
its a really down to earth review that isn't overly judmental like most reviews tend to be these days. so kudos
AnneOnnimous said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 5:22 pm
good explained why you didn't like it so much, and gave enough information about the movie. My only quibble is that you waited a few paragraphs to get to the important stuff.
PaperPlanes replied...
Feb. 25, 2010 at 5:40 pm
Thanks, I appreciate you letting me know what you think. I agree, next time I'll cut down the intro. :)
actorsarecool said...
Feb. 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm
I liked this artcle, I agree. This movie was more for seeing the "stars", the movie was overall like any other romantic-comedy. Good description of how you voice your opinion, the words flow very well.
A_Dreamer said...
Feb. 23, 2010 at 11:41 am
This was a good review. :)
I haven't seen this movie, but by the sounds of it, I don't think I want to.
Good job describing the plot & not only reviewing it.
Nikiblue said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm
You did a good job summing up the movie, giving details of what each actor/actress plays in the movie. I haven't seen the movie myself, but I think I'll just wait until it comes out of DVD to see it. Doesn't sound like anything spectacular from how you described it.
JuliaIE said...
Feb. 21, 2010 at 7:05 pm
Thanks very much!
Laughternchoclate said...
Feb. 21, 2010 at 7:03 pm
I didn't know that (New years eve)!!! This review was really what I though too, though I did like it. Great review, it was perfectly honest and summed it up flawlessly!
SwordGirl said...
Feb. 21, 2010 at 6:58 pm
This review was great! I liked that you wrote about the movie, instead of just saying that it was really good or really bad.
SmileyFace94 said...
Feb. 21, 2010 at 10:19 am
this is very well written! you gave a very good movie review!
Volleyballer33 replied...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm
I like it very well constructed and u looked up gret detail info.
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