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Valentine's Day

A 2010 comedy movie directed by Garry Marshall.

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DalyDose of...Valentine's Day

  • Feb 24, 2010
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Note: This is an experimental review that will intertwine the movie, the holiday and my own love life.  Let's just hope it makes sense.  Here goes...

My review about Valentine’s Day, much like my paying of bills recently:  late but not forgotten.  I was on empty and had nothing to give, though my intent was always there.

I have to point out that the trailer definitely doesn’t give away all the funny moments of the film.  In fact, this trailer has some moments that aren’t even IN the film.  I don’t really have an opinion on whether that’s a good or bad thing, it’s just something I observed.

Is there irony in going to see a comedy that explores the pitfalls of love and more specifically Valentine’s Day, alone?  I pondered that question as I walked home from the Director’s Guild of America’s Theater, where I saw a screening of the movie as part of my SAG Hollywood Film Society membership.  It seemed a bit less lame to go to the movie by myself since it was part of the “film society”.

So, the movie…I should probably say a little something about that.  I thought there were well done moments but it failed to utilize the talents of the huge (star studded) cast. I have to wonder what the payroll for this movie was!! Speaking of casting, let’s just hope that Taylor Swift hasn’t decided to pursue acting full-time.

My favorite character in the film is the city of Los Angeles.  I loved how they spanned the city from the canals of Venice to Big Boy in Toluca Lake.  They managed to show the soul of the city and avoid cliche’ locations like the Hollywood Sign, Santa Monica Pier, the Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive.  Well, Rodeo Drive makes a cameo appearance…watch the credits.

I was really surprised at how much I liked Ashton Kutcher in this film, but that means I'm surprised that I liked him at all.  He seemed as real and down to Earth as I've ever seen and you kinda-actually care about what happens to him.  Jennifer Garner was her sexy plus bad-ass combo self, especially with the baseball bat.  I wonder if she picked up those skills being a baseball fan with Ben.

One of the themes of the film is that good guys CAN win.  This was a timely theme for me as I’ve had this discussion with a few friends lately.  I had been thinking about my own situation and how many amazing women that I have in my “friend zone”.  One of the things that I pondered while walking home from the film was that the smell of what  I think was magnolia, was unseasonable.  What?  Oh yeah, we’re talking about the movie and similar themes in my life.  Well, I’ll ease back into that with a little story.  

There was this girl in the theater and she sat in the row behind me and she...gasp...was also by herself.  The power of a Valentine movie and two people so close in proximity had me dreaming of a Hollywood ending for the two of us.  I think the cinema-inspired fantasy made her a way better target than she actually was, because when I saw her in the lobby after, she was average in looks and annoying on the phone with her friend.  No Hollywood ending…no happy North Hollywood ending, either! ;)

Back to the theme of the movie, where the nice/good/loyal/romantic guy can ‘get the girl’ and how that relates to my ‘friend zone’ issue.  I am wondering if my search for “her” is too focused on strangers.  Do I already know “her”?  Is “she” already a resident of the “friend zone” ready to move up in the JDE?  I don’t know this for sure, but I’m going to be looking at some of my friends in a whole new way.

I’d love to hear what people think about these things.  Please feel free to leave your thought under comments.

  1. Do you think you can find romance in your “friend zone”?
  2. What did you think of Valentine’s Day, the movie?
  3. What do you think of Valentine’s Day, the holiday?

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review by . February 17, 2010
This soulless slick piece of sickly-sweet cinematic candy somehow manages to embody everything that’s wrong with Hollywood, and America. Like the average American boob, it is a bloated corn-fed monstrosity obsessed with appearances and celebrity, devoid of introspection, and in search of anything—love, alcohol, chocolate, you name it—that will fill the hole where the soul used to be and stave off the negative feelings for a few more hours. I saw it the other night on a date; the …
review by . July 11, 2010
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review by . June 18, 2010
This was a pretty good movie. I liked how the lives of the characters were woven together. I just wish it was a bit funnier.
review by . June 12, 2010
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This movie is as advertised - a cute date movie, nothing more, nothing less. The acting, plots, and everything about the movie are shallow and mushy. That being said, it does work as something to watch with your significant other when you just want to feel good about your relationship. Recommended for that purpose alone - otherwise, this isn't anything special.
review by . April 12, 2010
"Valentine's Day"    Care for Diabetes with the Movie?    Amos Lassen    I do not know why anyone would want to see a movie that you know is going to be sweet to the point of syrup overload. I had a strong feeling that this was not going to be a good movie before I saw it but I watched it anyway. It seems as if half of Hollywood is in it but it still doesn't work. With all of the talent in the film, this should be a blockbuster but instead …
review by . March 03, 2010
Gary Marshall's "Valentine's Day" is a romantic comedy with Attention Deficit Disorder, constantly shifting back and forth between stories, never staying on any one long enough for something meaningful to sink in. Just when we reach a genuinely charming moment, we cut to another subplot and find ourselves having to invest all over again before yet another cut to a different subplot, and it keeps going like this for just under two hours. It doesn't help that the film is essentially a showcase of …
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Valentine's Day is a 2010  American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. The screenplay was written by Katherine Fugate.  Starring Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel. Intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles break-up and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine's Day.
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Director: Garry Marshall
Genre: Comedy
DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
Runtime: 125 minutes
Studio: New Line Cinema
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