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|I Hate Valentine's Day |
Actors: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett
Director: Nia Vardalos
The romantic duo behind MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING reunites for an all-new love story with a big fat twist! Nia Vardalos stars as Genevieve, an independent single woman who owns a Brooklyn flower shop along with a strict phi... more »
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Melonee T. (meloneetop) from SALEM, VA
Reviewed on 10/4/2010...
This is really a cute movie. The fact that the main female character uses a 5 date maximum as the standard length of her relationships sets the stage for hilarity and heartbreak.
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Phil S. (moxieman) from RALEIGH, NC
Reviewed on 8/24/2010...
Very clean, cute and funny. We really enjoyed this movie.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
The perma-grin creeped me out
A. Boston | Boston, MA United States | 11/01/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"It's hard for me to give movies a bad rating -- as long as I'm entertained, I'm good. This movie actually kinda creeped me out. Being a fan of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, I thought it was a cute idea for Nia Vardalos and John Corbett to do another movie together. How could it be bad, right? It was. very. bad.
The premise is that Nia's character, Genevieve is a florist. She loves romance, and she sticks to her belief that there should only be 5 dates with any guy. The best parts of being with someone occur during those 5 dates. Then, she just stops seeing them. So there's no pain,"only happiness". and then she meets Greg(John Corbett) and they begin their 5 dates.
She walks around with this weird perma-grin. While I usually find Nia Vardalos charming, she was just downright odd in this. Her character almost made me uncomfortable, being so happy and constantly smiling. Not only that, but with the smiling came a possessed look in her eye. I have nothing wrong with happiness, I love romantic comedies. But this was just uncalled for. It was almost like stage acting for film....and to me it actually ruined the whole movie. The idea is cute, but the execution was just lacking. It was so cookie cutter and predictable. I was actually looking forward to Genevieve's failure, to slap her back to reality. The ending didn't make me happy, it just made me excited the movie was over. None of the other characters developed, and Genevieve barely did either. Everything was so even across the board with no ebb and flow to the personality development.
I think how this differs from My Big Fat Greek Wedding is this: that movie is relatable. Whether we're Greek or not, we all have those crazy family members. We love to see the nerdy girl blossom and meet that great guy. You can look forward to comedy and adorable characters. This movie: who wants to just waste time going on just 5 dates? Who wants to just feel constantly one feeling? You watch a character that's just been running away from a pretty normal problem that upset her and pretending it never happened. Ick. Watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding -- skip I Hate Valentine's Day.
Lightning does not strike again for Nia Vardalos and John Co
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 06/19/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"In "I Hate Valentine's Day," Genevieve (Nia Vardalos) runs a flower show in Brooklyn, where she dispenses bouquets and advice to the love lorn with joyous abandon. Having been disappointed by the men in her life, from her estranged father to her first boyfriends, Genevieve has developed a iron-clad policy of only going on five dates. She tells all of her gal pals to do the same thing, and glares at them when they are tempted to deviate from her proscribed path, all the while smiling with an intensity that will make your teeth hurt. Genevieve even has a general description for each of the five dates, just so the guy knows how things are supposed to go. Then she meets Greg (John Corbett), who wants to open a tapas bar down the street. Obviously, this is a guy worthy of way more than a mere five dates, but just as obviously it is going to take Genevieve almost the entire movie to reach that conclusion. Part of the problem turns out to be that there is some confusion as to whether their last date was the fourth date or the fifth date. He thinks that it was and dutifully disappears from her life, while she thinks it was not and wonders why he is not calling her for their final date.
The fact of the matter is that she is right about it only being the fourth date, but, more importantly, she is wrong to have her five date plan, a conclusion that you pretty much reach as soon as Genevieve explains it for the first time. But what becomes so disconcerting is that the utter trivilaity of the former is such a stupid impediment to dealing with the stupid rules of the latter. Besides, I did not really pick up on the descriptions of the five rules when I watched the film (the trailer makes them a lot clearer), so I was trying to remember what they were to figure out why Greg thinks the fourth date became the fifth and final date. Meanwhile, we are only halfway through the film, so Genevieve and Greg are treading water in inane ways before we get to the requisite happy ending. By that point I was becoming convinced that these two were better off without each other and starting to get creeped out by Genevieve having that omnipresent smile plastered on her face. The plot was dictating these two should end up together, but the rightness of that was not resonating with me that much. The unhappy couple are surrounded by a rather forgettable set of friends and co-workers, despite having the likes of Ian Gomez, Rachel Dratz, and Judah Friedlander, amongst other semi-recognizable faces.
My favorite moment in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" comes when Ian and Toula are on their first date at a restaurant and Ian comes up with the idea of going out again to a Greek restaurant that he has been to, which happens to be the one owned by Toula's parents. In your average romantic comedy there would be a funny scene where the couple goes to the restaurant and everybody tries to pretend they do not know each other and at some point the comic confusion results in the revelation of the truth, so on and so forth. But instead writer and star Vardalos has Toula admit that it is her family's restaurant. Ian looks at her and remembers Toula from before. This was back when Toula was the frumpy ugly duckling, but this does not matter to Ian. "I remember you," he says, and it is clear that this does not change what he thinks about Toula one iota. It is a lovely scene, and Vardalos and Corbett had wonderful chemistry in both that moment and the entire movie. So when the two co-starred again in "I Hate Valentine's Day," not only written this time but also directed by Vardalos (who came up with the script when the studio handed her the title), I was hoping that lightning would strike twice. But there is nothing in this 2009 romantic comedy that holds a candle to the best moments in the film that still helds the record for grossing the most money ($241 million in North America) without ever hitting #1 at the box office. Consequently, this is not just a bad romantic comedy, it is quite a disappointing one as well because of our fond memories of that earlier movie.
Decide For Yourself
M. Gibs | 06/03/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you go into this movie with the thought of comparing it to Greek Wedding you'll be disappointed. I watched this on IFC one night after reading who was in it; while the storyline left a little room to be desired I gave it a try because I like the players. I thought it was neat that they were teaming up again. It didn't bore me and I watched the entire thing. There aren't many movies-especially romantic comedies-that are not predictable. This one in my opinion was predictable. For the most part with predicatable movies it is how they tell the story and reach that predictability which would determine the level of awfulness or how cheesy the movie will be. I thought the delivery with this film was fine. Also, the dialog was okay and the humor was subtle but above average. I laughed out loud a few times and I don't always do that even if it is funny. Some of the jokes were corny so you had to laugh because it's almost as if it were corny on purpose.
I like indie movies in general and this one was pretty okay to me. Before buying try renting it or check your local listings. I may buy it one day if the price is right.