The starriest cast you may ever see sparkles in a hilarious and heartwarming romcom from the director of Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries. Stories crisscross, collide and boomerang in this look at a day in the life of... more » love. There's a proposal. Flowers that didn't get sent. A big fat secret that's finally told. The "I'll show up and surprise him" that ended up surprising her. Fights, kisses, wrong turns, right moves and more. Whether new to or through with love, you'll fall in love with this 19-star, funny-side-up celebration of romance.« less
Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO Reviewed on 11/9/2015...
Wonderful collection of interchanging stories and top quality acting, well written!
These folks have a good day and a bad day and everything in between all within the most romantic day of all.... Valentines Day.
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Wayne F. (WWIIpfc) from COLORADO SPGS, CO Reviewed on 9/14/2013...
Very enjoyable even though it isn't Valentines Day
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Nancy W. from WILLIAMSVILLE, NY Reviewed on 5/13/2013...
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Tara S. from STATEN ISLAND, NY Reviewed on 7/25/2010...
great flik! something like "love actually". another i liked.
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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!
Pumpkin Man | 02/15/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In honor of today actually being Valentine's Day, I wanted to see this movie. I actually liked it. It is very funny, and very romantic. All the characters are interesting and you care for them. There were a few twists that I didn't expect. This movie is filled with a lot of great actors.
On Valentine's Day, we see the lives of different couples and how they deal with love and friendship. Some hearts are broken, and some will find true love on this magical day.
Ashton Kutcher plays a florist named Reed Bennett who pops the question to his girlfriend. Jennifer Garner plays a teacher named Julia who falls in love with a doctor who is unfaithful. Anne Hathaway plays a receptionist named Liz who tries to hide the fact that she is a phone sex operator. A kid in Julia's class named Edison tries to send flowers to his Valentine. All this and much more happens on the day of love. I highly recommend VALENTINE'S DAY!!!"
Unmemorable, Studio-Packaged Filler Showcases Twenty Stars i
Ed Uyeshima | San Francisco, CA USA | 05/24/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This heavily packaged 2010 omnibus rom-com brings new meaning to the term - trivial pursuit. Never have so many Hollywood stars served a movie so bereft of any dramatic gravity or emotional resonance. Overlong at 122 minutes, this enterprise is directed with little nuance by Garry Marshall who seems to be throwing his film back to the broad shenanigans of his late-1970's sitcoms like Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy. However, even more than Marshall's superficial direction, the real culprit is Katharine Fugate's (Army Wives) cliché-ridden, laugh-free screenplay. The contrived storyline she concocts forces about twenty recognizable actors to play out the slings and arrows of romance over the course of Valentine's Day in present-day Los Angeles.
If you keep count of such things, there appears to be five interconnecting major stories. Character names are irrelevant in keeping track of them since we are meant to be awestruck by the star wattage of the cast, so I will just refer to the actors directly in my synopsis. Story #1: Julia Roberts is an uptight US Army captain on a one-day leave from Iraq and Bradley Cooper is her seatmate on the plane ride home to LA. Story #2: In the San Fernando Valley, Ashton Kutcher is a harried florist who has just proposed to his selfish, careerist girlfriend Jessica Alba, while his best friend Jennifer Garner has fallen in love with Patrick Dempsey, a deceptive doctor whom she doesn't know is married. Story #3: Emma Roberts (Julia's niece) turns 18 and methodically plans to lose her virginity with boyfriend Carter Jenkins that afternoon while her parents are presumptively away from the house. Story #4: Eric Dane is a closeted professional football player who struggles with inevitable retirement and complicates the livelihoods of both his romantically challenged publicist Jessica Biel and tough-minded über-agent Queen Latifah.
Story #5: Anne Hathaway is Latifah's receptionist moonlighting as a phone sex operator as she begins to date mail clerk Topher Grace. The various plots intertwine with each other, and even more actors are thrown in for good measure like Jamie Foxx as a roving TV reporter and Shirley MacLaine and Hector Elizondo as grandparents hitting a rough spot. Does anybody shine above the others? You know you're in trouble when Kutcher is the one who gives the most dimensional performance in the film. Garner somehow survives with her appeal intact even in the silly revenge scene in the restaurant and the Alias-inspired throttling of the heart-shaped piñata that follows. Biel and Hathaway both work a bit too strenuously in their predictable parts, though both manage amusing moments. Alba continues to be a vacuous screen beauty, and the same could be said of Dempsey. It's not too surprising that both play characters who end up with the fuzzy end of the lollipop.
Julia Roberts is wasted in her constricted role, but her niece Emma acquits herself even as singer Taylor Swift plays her gangly, airheaded best friend with surprising élan. Dane is wooden as if he doesn't know how to play a conflicted character, but Cooper manages to register in his equally ambivalent part. Foxx, Latifah and Grace play their accustomed roles with little surprise or impact. 76-year-old MacLaine gets the benefit of playing a romantic scene with Elizondo in front of a movie screen showing her 24-year-old self in 1958's Hot Spell. Before you can say Love Actually, it all ends rather neatly with nary a trace. Poof! The 2010 DVD has a predictable set of extras - a bland commentary track from Marshall that matches the bland tone of the movie, a six-minute featurette that allows some of stars to share their Valentine's Day stories, a five-minute cast tribute to Marshall, a disposable music video from Jewel, a few deleted scenes, and a three-minute sneak preview of "Sex and the City 2", appropriate since that movie caters to the same demographic audience."
Enjoyable for what it is.
Steven Carrier | 05/04/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Garry Marshall takes a play from the Robert Altman handbook with "Valentine's Day", a romantic comedy about interconnecting people on the famed holiday in Los Angeles. It's a cheerful but shallow picture to say the least. While the film is packed with stars (23 in total) and a few good laughs, this modern day romance has nothing important to say, hell, it has nothing to say at all. The main lesson learned is that everyone needs to make their own definition of love... okay, thanks. Regardless, it's a really breezy film. It's bright, the stars plays to their strengths and it's just long enough to have all the stories resolved. It is what it is and "Valentine's Day" makes for a good film to accompany the holiday."
Valentine's Day Review
Craig Whittle | Phoenix, AZ | 03/04/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
STARRING: Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Carter Jenkins, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Larry Miller, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts, Bryce Robinson and Taylor Swift
WRITTEN BY: Katherine Fugate, Abby Kohn and Mark Silverstein
DIRECTED BY: Gary Marshall
Rated: PG - 13 Genre: Romantic Comedy Release Date: 12 February 2010 Review Date: 17 February 2010
If you could sum-up Gary Marshall's latest film Valentine's Day in just two words, they would be: too much. The film is overly-packed with characters played by huge A-list celebrities. The filmmakers clearly either tried to out-do and or were inspired by the huge success of He's Just Not that into You. This is evident from the rare style both films share, the fact that both were written by some of the same people, and that both were released by the same studio.
He's Just Not that into You worked for two reasons: 1.) It had perhaps five or six less main characters, allowing for more time to be spent getting to know them; 2.) It was written significantly better.
Valentine's Day is jam-packed with things that make us smile and chuckle, but never really get us to the point of laughing. It's cute yes, and no it's not horrible - but it's not great either.
This film would have been better served as a 12 hour mini-series or even as an entire sitcom spread out over years and years of seasons. Even then, it would still be thick with characters. Having them all jam-packed into two hours with individual conflicts and resolutions is absurd.
None of them seem like characters at all. It just feels like tiny seconds spent with the movie stars that we know them all for, and it's not their fault. It's easy to see how appealing this project would be to an actor, knowing they could step in and play a small roll without ever seeing most of the other talent involved. Several actors never appear in a scene together. Imagine the excitement of seeing how it all came together, for the first time at the Hollywood premier. Most of us would have done the same in their shoes.
The two characters that were given the most attention in the story are best friends Reed (Ashton Kutcher) and Julia (Jennifer Garner). Out of respect to the one person who will read this and not see the so-called `twists' coming from two miles out - I'll spare you the details of how predictable everything that happens is. Let's just say, we've seen every little turn and mishap and mildly humorous event, a thousand times before, in some other romantic comedy.
On a positive note, you could surely find worse films to pass your two hours with. As chaotic as it is, it is still a blast to see so many popular faces in one movie, and literally everyone was brilliant. And while the writers didn't develop the characters well at all, or give any of them interesting unique situations to find themselves in -they did do a pretty descent job of tying everyone's story together by the end of the film.
As if seeing all of them wasn't entertaining enough, it's even more fun to see who's paired up with whom. Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper play strangers who strike up a conversation while sitting next to each other on an airplane. Anne Hathaway and Topher Grace are the cutest odd couple in the film. Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift take us back to High School. And Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel re-unite from their previous film Stealth, as two people who are exactly what the other needs.
Please keep in mind that I see virtually every film that comes out and tend to have high expectations from talented actors and directors (especially acclaimed talents like Gary Marshal who have directed flawless films like Pretty Woman and Georgia Rule). Some of you will no-doubt like this film very much, and I hope that you do. But if you find yourself appreciating the idea of the film more than the film itself; then do yourself a favor. Rent He's Just Not that into You. You'll see what I mean."
Big Cast, Big Fun
SciFiChick | Fishers, IN USA | 05/26/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Aptly described as "a celebration of romance," Valentine's Day follows the lives of an array of characters throughout one romantic holiday. The star-studded film includes about 19 different actors and actresses. As we follow each character, it is soon apparent that all have some connection to another, and all are touched (in positive or negative ways) by their relationships.
A virtual who-who of romantic comedy, the cast is the highlight of the film, each with their own scene-stealing performance. As almost all romantic comedies are, the plot lines are blatantly predictable. Yet that's why we watch them - for the happy endings. From young, puppy love to tender, long-lasting love; Valentine's Day covers it all. There are also plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in this light-hearted feel-good flick. I have to admit that before watching it, I thought that there were going to be too many characters and storylines going on. I didn't think it was possible to tie them all together. I am happy to be proven wrong. Director Garry Marshall is king of romantic comedy. And his latest is just as fun and full of magic as some of his previous hit films.
Since this is a romantic comedy, I don't think the Blu-ray edition added much to the film viewing experience. But the Blu-ray combo back does come with loads of extra bonus features.
The Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack includes:
* Exclusive Sex and the City 2 sneak peek trailer * 14 Deleted Scenes with Intro from Garry Marshall * "The Stars Confess Their Valentine's Day Stories" * Gag Reel * Jewel "Stay Here Forever" Music Video * The Garry Factor * Audio Commentary * Standard definition version of the movie and a digital copy "