Opened February 12, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 57 min.
PG-13 for some sexual material and brief partial nudity
According to Fandango, this is “a film about 10 people in Los Angeles whose lives intersect on the romantic holiday.” You’ve got a couple celebrating 51 years together, an elementary age boy who is “love sick”, and everything in between.
I expected to like what I figured would be a very predictable and cliche rom-com, ’cause basically I like these kinds of movies. What I didn’t expect was how funny, and unexpected it would be. The story-lines do not go the traditional route by any stretch of the imagination. The surprises are fun and will catch you off-guard. It’s a feel good about love kinda movie.
I especially loved the ways in which all the stories and people intersected with each other. Some sweet, some funny, some touching. Excellent writing. I thought this was a well thought out movie, carefully orchestrated (and speaking of orchestrated, look for the director Gary Marshall to make a quick appearance as part of a string trio towards the end of the movie.) Quite a few actors make quick, one scene flash-in-the-pan appearances and then are gone. This movie really keeps you guessing!
I think my favorite scene is Jessica Biel’s I Hate Valentine’s Day party. Jennifer Garner has quite an arm, don’t piss her off!! I am inspired to buy a giant pink heart-shaped pinata and beat the ever loving candy out of it! Valentine’s Day when you’re very very single (like I am) sorta sucks. So I guess it’s a really big testament to this movie that I liked it as much as I did!!
And a brief mention: don’t leave before the end credits start to roll. There’s a short take out reel that is possibly the funniest part of the movie!!
My overall review: they got this one right! Valentine’s Day is the perfect rom-com date night movie! Sure you can save it for Netflix, but then you won’t see it til summer. And that’s totally missing the point!
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