Directed by the king of romantic comedies, Garry Marshall, Valentine's Day is practically the epitome of them.
The story follows Los Angelenos for one day, Valentine's Day. Their lives intertwine (think He's Just Not That Into You) as they go throughout the day, loving or hating the holiday.
It's definitely cute, but with a cast like they had (Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Shirley McClaine, Jennifer Garner, Patrick Dempsey, Topher Grace, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Hector Elizondo, Taylor Lautner, Taylor Swift), I was expecting a bit more "oomph."
One couple (Kutcher and Alba) get engaged at the beginning of the movie, even though everyone sees they're not right for each other. A teacher (Garner) is in love with a handsome doctor (Dempsey) who's secretly married. A publicist (Biel) and sportscaster (Foxx) bond over their hatred for Valentine's Day, and an old couple (McClaine and Elizondo) are still madly in love after 50 years but come across a bump in the road. Several more little love stories sprinkled throughout about first elementary school crushes, teen romances (Lautner and Swift), and a football player (Dane) trying to come out of the closet. Basically every romantic cliche you can think of is thrown into this movie.
Definitely a fun movie for girls night out during Valentine's Day weekend, though I'm not sure if it'd soar any other time of the year.
I'd rate it two out of five stars...but only because I'm feeling lovey-dovey this weekend.
Valentine's Day hits theaters February 12th. Rated PG-13 (for some sexual material and brief partial nudity)