Directed By: Gary Marshall
Written By: Katherine Fugate
Staring: Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Biel, George Lopez, Topher Grace, Eric Dane, Bradley Cooper, Queen Latifah, Julia Roberts, Hector Elizondo, Shirley McClaine, Anne Hathaway, Taylor Lautner, Taylor Swift, Emma Roberts
If you do not like romantic comedies that are sappy then steer clear of Valentines Day. The overall theme of love has been played out time and again but in my mind I truly came away happy and in a good mood. I am not a fan of Valentines Day personally but then again I dont have a romantic bone in my body according to my wife. That being the case I am a sucker for the occasional romantic comedy and to be honest this is it. It has a lot of aspects that make for a good time at the theater with someone you love.
The film follows the lives of a group of people on Valentines Day during their celebration of love or lack their of. Each of the characters are at a different stage of their lives and their love lives, but their stories all intersect. Most romantic comedies have a nice resolution to complete the film. Mostly this is what annoys me about romantic comedies. This movie has a nice twist and surprise that I did not see coming actually and that was enjoyable. I cannot give it away because it will spoil the film. What sets Valentines Day apart is the ensemble cast of who was well cast in their respective roles. In addition, the film has a decent script with many humorous scenes.
Anne Hathaway’s role and scenes were some of the most funny scenes in the film. A lot of reviewers are commenting on how horrible Taylor Swift’s performance was. She plays a ditzy blonde cheerleader who is in love with the jock track star played by Taylor Lautner. I don’t think that she could have played the character any differently and think that she was a good fit for that character and did well in a silly and fun role like that. I think that Emma Roberts will do great things in the future. It was good to see Ashton Kutcher in a movie lately instead of his job as of late as being Demi Moore’s husband. For once, I did not actually hate Julia Roberts so that is a good thing. Jamie Foxx, George Lopez and Toper Grace were funny in their roles as well.
The Bottom Line:
I enjoyed the move a lot more than I could have ever imagined. It is a fun film and is great for everyone because you can relate to it no matter what stage of life or love you are in. I think its funny with great characters and a wonderful ensemble cast. The music is enjoyable and gives a different feel to each scene because a different type of music was used during each characters stories. I like the fact that this film is simple and fun and does not take itself too seriously.