Valentine's Day (12A)

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Romance

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Posted: Tue Feb 9 2010

Anyone heading to the cinema this February 14 will find themselves conspicuously catered for by this romantic comedy from veteran Garry Marshall (‘Pretty Woman’, ‘Beaches’). Throwing out a net to everyone from back-row teenage saliva-swappers to seasoned seniors, the film feels like it has been coldly calculated to hoover up demographics. How? Marshall gives his rom-com the Robert Altman ‘Short Cuts’ treatment: an enormous megawatt ensemble cast appear in a dozen or so interlocking lurve stories that play out on Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles. It’s supremely efficient and utterly ruthless.

There are 19 all-star names above the title (in alphabetical order, naturally) but the lead belongs to Ashton Kutcher. A nice-guy florist, he proposes to his work-addict girlfriend (Jessica Alba), but is obviously much better suited to his teacher best friend (Jennifer Garner). Jessica Biel (is it me, or are the Jessicas interchangeable?) plays a neurotically single sports publicist. Anne Hathaway, an office temp who moonlights as a phone sex operator (little nod to ‘Short Cuts’ there), hasn’t told her new boyfriend about the sideline. Shirley MacLaine, happily married for 50 years, is keeping an old secret from her husband. In what reeks of final-draft add-on, country star Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner from ‘The Twilight Saga’ pair up as school sweethearts: no actual storyline here, but they tick the pre-teen box big time.

These are sassily-scripted but glossy, vacuous fantasies – with the exception of Julia Roberts’s army captain, who’s on short leave from Iraq and meets a guy (Bradley Cooper) on a plane: after some sparky but non-committal flight banter they go their separate ways and both their tales resolve with unexpectedly lovely flourishes. Their stories make the rest of the film look like it’s got a cold, shiny cash register right where its heart should be.

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Tyler

The movie is a Hallmark cliche, but it's not horrible. Obviously the train of well known actors playing these parts makes this watchable. It's not the greatest piece of cinema, but it's certainly not as bad as everyone is making it out to be.

Kelly

Just a low-budget movie with a lot of stars without any substance! I would definitely wait and rent this when it's in the $.99 aisle in this economy!

Vicky

I enjoyed the movie. Contains a variety of relationships including all ages from childhood to senior. This movie had a feel good vibe to it and has a happy, fulfilling ending.

Vicky

I enjoyed the movie. Contains a variety of relationships including all ages from childhood to senior. This movie had a feel good vibe to it and has a happy, fulfilling ending.

usman khawaja

HOW DID THEY GET ALLOWED TO MAKE A MOVIE CALLED VALENTINE DAY -LOLZ -this is the biggest triumph for the PR PUNTERS -everybody else was just making a joke and the joke is on the audience too

MooCow

Appaling. Nonsense plot, and despite trying so hard to be not-so-predictable, full full full of stereotypes. The movie was ridiculously boring and I truly regret paying to see such a childish piece of work. I should have followed my first instict and not chosen a movie with such an horrific title! Encompasses everything Valentine's day is, negativelly speaking. Truly horrendous.

louise

great movie a bit soppy but overall a laugh and a fantastic movie to watch and taylor lautner is really hot.

zach

people should stop being jealous of taylor swift. taylor lautner did not do that much in that movie haha except for show off his muscles.

Alex

the movie had a good cast with many stars, but the story was quite awful. just a bad version of "love actually" there could have been so much potential but it was so undeveloped. also some parts were forced. and the concept of "love" was conflicting at some parts of the movie. a shame. haha

martha s

I LUVED IT, TAYLOR LAUTNER WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOT AND I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS THE BEST MOVIE EVER SEEN:)

martha s

I LUVED IT, TAYLOR LAUTNER WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOT AND I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS THE BEST MOVIE EVER SEEN:)

bev

An appalling film; a poor mans "Love Actually", re-made very badly by an American who thinks he can better it's English counterpart. 0/10

Jay

Blah..Blah..blah...most of the girls that have been to watch this film are probably the same type of girls that read Heat magazine and cant wait to discuss it with there friends...Celebs...boring...same old crap just dragged through the papers ever day...anyway. This film revolves around the fantasy world of hollywood where peoples lives just aren't really..real...you break up with someone you feel attached enough to propose to...4 hours later shes leaving but hey ive got a business to run and thats life...oh well...I cant even be bothered to continue.. This film is ok if you fancy light hearted hollywood comedy with some romance but no attachment...not a tear in the house...unfortunately it was the girlfriends choice...still i enjoyed it in place but its nothing new...enjoyed the out takes better at the end of the film....overall a 2 star film

elizabeth

It was totally good. Cute, funny, romantic, a bit cheesy and rushed through the story lines but still a totally fun movie. I don't think anyone expected it to be some deep thought provoking film and it wasn't but it was entertaining and fun to watch.

Viki

I didn't think it would be good but i went to see it because of the ppl in it. It was terrible and confusing and taylor swift CANNOT act but taylor lautner was just amazing and beautiful. The other actors were also very goodbut i do not recomend this film !!

Joy

Wow! Have you all been paid to say that this film was good ? I thought it was a let down.I forgot about it as soon as I left the cinema and would not recommend it to anyone.

Courtney Wheeler

This Film Was Absolutly Amazinng !! I LOVEE Taylor Launter, Ashton Kutcher, Anne Hathaway !! Every One Should Watch It For That Sweet Romantic Valentines Day We All Want !! : ) xxxxxx

Courtney Wheeler

This Film Was Absolutly Amazinng !! I LOVEE Taylor Launter, Ashton Kutcher, Anne Hathaway !! Every One Should Watch It For That Sweet Romantic Valentines Day We All Want !! : ) xxxxxx

emilyx

I LOVE taylor swift , av nt even seen the movie yet butt am suree it will be reely good !! x

rachel m

really really good and i would recimend it cuz i luv taylor swift and all the other actors and actresses :)

rachel m

really really good and i would recimend it cuz i luv taylor swift and all the other actors and actresses :)

Amy B

film wa realli good and funni even better 4 us singletons this valentines day! :-(

Amy B

film wa realli good and funni even better 4 us sungletons this valentines day!

Bradley.

well i was not sure weather i wanted to go or not at first, but then i went with my girlfriend as she really wanted to go you know for a romanti time and that and it was really good. it was one of the best films ive seen in a long time!

Bradley.

well i was not sure weather i wanted to go or not at first, but then i went with my girlfriend as she really wanted to go you know for a romanti time and that and it was really good. it was one of the best films ive seen in a long time!