By FOX43tv.com's Film Reviewer, Stephanie Cooke
The holiday of Valentine's Day doesn't really count as aholiday, but most people think of it as a good enough day to countas a quasi-holiday and they put up with it. the same could besaid of Valentine's Day the movie. it doesn't really count asa movie, but you can consider it good enough and put up withit. It's certainly not a movie you'll remember for the art ofit, but rather a movie you'll recall as fun enough.
Gary Marshall assembled an all-star cast of 18 stars whoseon-screen storylines twist and turn and intermingle over the courseof the 24 hours that make up Valentine's Day in Los Angeles. Thekey story line (if there is one) belongs to Ashton Kutcher as aflower shop owner who chose Valentine's Day to propose to co-starJessica Biel who promptly agrees and then renigs on marriage.Kutcher's best friend is played by Jennifer Garner who is madly inlove with a doctor (Patrick Dempsey), whom we soon learn ismarried, although her character has no idea. Shirley McLaine andHector Elizondo play the older married and in love characters whosegrandson has a crush on his fifth grade teacher (JenniferGarner).
Then there's Topher Grace and Anne Hathaway as the couple whoare in love but she's keeping a secret -- she is a phone sexoperator. And you also have the acting debut of Taylor Swiftas the high schooler first love character who adores TaylorLautner's character. Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper'scharacters are on a plane headed for L.A. and the flirtingbegins.
There are a few other stars whose characters drift along tryingto tie it all together: Kathy Bates is a news producer who makesher sports reporter (Jamie Foxx) go out in search of a V-Daystory. Jamie Foxx's character is determined to get the sportsstory of the day: washed up sports star's (Eric Dane) nextmove. Queen Latifah is the sports star's agent. GeorgeLopez works for Kutcher and kind of plays his sidekick.
Not everyone ends up with who you think they will end up withfrom the start, but, isn't that the way love goes? The plotdoes wander and the performances are not all there. Wait, who am Ikidding? I can't think of a performance that really was allthere. I said at the beginning that this is not a movieoverflowing with the art of movie making. There are somelaugh-out-loud funny moments, but it's ultimately hokey and mushyand campy and cheesy. However it does remind us that thereare many and varied kinds of love in the world, and that,sometimes, the love we are looking for is right in front of us orworth traveling around the world for.
It also teaches us that Taylor Swift cannot act. SomethingI wish Gary Marshall had learned from her stint on Saturday NightLive. But Eric Dance does take his shirt off and run on thebeach. And let me tell you, aside from a tender moment JuliaRoberts has at the end, those shirtless Eric Dane 7 seconds are thebest 7 seconds in the movie for me.
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