If you’re old enough to remember the television show, Love American Style that ran from 1969 to 1974, just add a star studded cast and you have the new romantic film Valentine’s Day. This movie focuses separately on the daily lives of both couples and single people living in Los Angeles who find themselves falling in and out of love during Valentine’s Day. The main story is about a florist named Reed (Ashton Kutcher) who asks his beautiful girlfriend Morley (Jessica Alba) to marry him. The relationship immediately falls apart, so he talks to his best friend Julia (Jennifer Garner) who is excited about her new boyfriend, Dr. Harrison Copeland (Patrick Dempsey). Meanwhile in one of the funnier stories, Liz’s (Anne Hathaway) new boyfriend Jason (Topher Grace) finds out that one of her jobs involves phone sex. (Not that I would know, but since when do girls walk around in public having cell phone sex with their clients?) Anyway, the cutest story – with the worst acting – are two teenagers, Felicia (Taylor Swift) and Willy (Taylor Lautner) talking about having sex for the first time. (This is a PG13 film so nothing ever happens.) In probably the shortest story, Captain Kate Hazeltine (Julia Roberts) is on her way back home from the Army to see her Valentine. (This was a nice little surprise.) In yet another story, Kelvin (Jamie Foxx) is a television anchor who is demoted to television reporter and a very pretty lady named Kara (Jessica Biel) who just can’t find dates for Valentine’s Day. (That’s the biggest surprise of all.) Along with the cast I just mentioned, Garry Marshall also has Queen Latifah, Kathy Bates, Shirley Maclaine, Bradley Cooper and several more stars. As you can probably guess this film have so many plots and subplots that the film goes nowhere. There’s some corny dialogue, a lot of stereotyping and so many cameos I had to take off my shoes to count them all. Jennifer Garner is the heart of this film and she and the other beautiful women in this movie will be great eye candy for all the guys who are dragged to this film by their sweethearts. Since this is Valentines weekend and in consideration of my wife, I won’t drop this film below a C rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.