Valentine’s Day is the Ocean’s Eleven of rom-com’s, with an A-list ensemble of the hottest stars in Hollywood. Directed by Garry Marshall (of Pretty Woman fame), it stars Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Ashton Kutcher, Kathy Bates, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Topher Grace, Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah, Shirley MacLaine, George Lopez and music sensation Taylor Swift in her comedic debut.
Set on the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day finds its plethora of loved-up characters in various stages of relationships, from childhood crushes, to wedding proposals and unexpected break ups. Seamlessly weaving multiple stories together, it plays out like a Californian ‘Love Actually’, which is certainly no bad thing.
Linked together with When Harry Met Sally inspired interviews from local TV reporter Kelvin Moore (Jamie Foxx), the characters share their unique views on love and 14th February with the world.
Reed (Ashton Kutcher) is a charming florist in shining armour who is trying to win the hand of his best friend Morley (Jessica Alba). Edgar (Hector Elizondo) is an old romantic, who is still very much love with his wife Estelle (Shirley MacLaine), though an indiscretion from her past comes back to haunt them.
Anne Hathaway raises more than just eyebrows as a multi-accented “adult phone entertainer”. Her boss (Queen Latifah) and boyfriend (Topher Grace) have quite different reactions to this exotic revelation.
Sat together on an international flight, army captain Kate (Julia Roberts) gets to know Holden (A-Team’s Bradley Cooper), through a lengthy conversation with unexpected consequences. Taylor Swift brings on the laughs as a ditzy dancer who is dating a buffed up athlete (Twilight’s Taylor Lautner). Doing double-duty, she also provides the movie’s theme song ‘Today was a fairytale’.
Valentine’s Day is a charmingly funny, if at times sickly sweet tale that will bring out the romantic in almost everyone. Playing out like a greatest hits of rom-com conventions and ideas, all of the characters feel well-rounded considering their shared screen time. A great date movie and definitely one to snuggle up to!
The Blu-Ray disc is packed with loved-up extras, including 14 deleted scenes introduced by Director Gary Marshall, an obligatory Gag reel, Jewel ‘Stay Here Forever’ music video (though Taylor Swift’s is noticeably absent), an insightful Director’s commentary, and featurettes where the cast share their own Valentine’s Day stories and discuss why they all signed up to work on the film. Also included is an extended ‘Sex and the City 2’ trailer.
Review by: Mark O'Connell
Date: 13th July 2010
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