Valentine’s Day (2010)

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Stuffed with actors, like an overflowing chocolate box of stars this romantic comedy struggles to do anything smart or different and unfortunately gives every piece of the film paper thin material. Nothing but soppy cliche ridden fodder this two hour long feature fails to feel heartwarming.

On February 14th we meet an array of characters dealing with their lives of love and/or personal problems around relationships. Threading through friends in love, florist dilemmas, possible plane romance, anti-Valentine’s parties and general lovey dovey nonsense this is a film that has an episodic structure.

Garry Marshall known for directing ‘Pretty Woman’ comes into his usual romantic shtick but there’s never a fuzzy spark lifting the stories told in this movie. There’s nothing of amazing note to his direction here, all things being done as simply as possible, making it look like a cheap production though it probably wasn’t. It’s generic and predictable in most places, at least some flair to his directing could have helped but sadly there is none to find in this Valentine’s dud.

Coming to the latter stages of Cupid’s big day here in the UK, it’s apt to review this film I guess, but I’m really not a fan of this commercialised day. That doesn’t mean to say that’s why I didn’t overly like the film, because other rom-coms still make me aww or swoon! This one however is chock a block with expected character tropes, love felt drivel and flowers god damn everywhere. It had some potential at moments to go against the grain and not leave everyone in happy camp but sadly that too is lost to the winds.

The story by Katherine Fugate, Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn had a silver lining of potential to be clever and go somewhere both interesting and engaging but it pretty much falls flat on every count. The screenplay drags with clinches, romantic turnarounds and the most typical inclusion of all, an airport chase to get to the woman. Each episode featuring characters and their lives interact in some way or another with other plots and that’s kind of cool to begin with but then loses the punch as it feels strained trying to get them all in the mixture.

In general this film plays like a shoddily made bargain bin film, it’s not terrible mind you, as a couple of story ends are wrapped up alright in having some neat sort of twists but on the whole don’t expect a sweet endearing or even laugh worthy rom-com as it just ain’t that folks. It’s just not well made or well written, too many cooks definitely spoil the broth, cut some of the stories out and perhaps it could have done better.

Let’s crack on with the cast, or some of them at least, otherwise I’d be here all night going into each actor’s performance. Ashton Kutcher is the lead, serving as florist and recent engaged Reed to work committed Morley played by Jessica Alba. Kutcher is good enough doing most of the things in the film, the moment he questions people not helping him sooner concerning a certain plot point is well delivered but it’s just a boring lead to start with. Poor old Jessica Alba is shafted with the saddest ending really and the worst character as she’s selfish and gets no time to explore more of her reasoning or life to counter balance the situation. George Lopez is like the cliched best mate with pearls of wisdom just right for the occasion but he says it well. Bradley Cooper is his usual self and with Julia Roberts they pick up the easiest pay cheque for mostly sitting in a plane set, their story ends are good though. Taylor Swift is cringe to the max.

Never romantic and never comedic, it tries being both but never achieves either properly and in the same regards it tries having a lot of stars to its name but they don’t fit into the whole picture well enough and all in all this movie is drawn out dopey fluff.

4/10

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