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Valentine's Day (2010)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 12 February 2010 (USA)
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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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Garry Marshall

Writers:

Katherine Fugate (screenplay), Katherine Fugate (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Alba ... Morley Clarkson
Kathy Bates ... Susan
Jessica Biel ... Kara Monahan
Bradley Cooper ... Holden
Eric Dane ... Sean Jackson
Patrick Dempsey ... Dr. Harrison Copeland
Hector Elizondo ... Edgar
Jamie Foxx ... Kelvin Moore
Jennifer Garner ... Julia Fitzpatrick
Topher Grace ... Jason
Anne Hathaway ... Liz
Carter Jenkins ... Alex
Ashton Kutcher ... Reed Bennett
Queen Latifah ... Paula Thomas
Taylor Lautner ... Willy
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Storyline

More than a dozen Angelenos navigate Valentine's Day from early morning until midnight. Three couples awake together, but each relationship will sputter; are any worth saving? A grade-school boy wants flowers for his first true love; two high school seniors plan first-time sex at noon; a TV sports reporter gets the assignment to find romance in LA; a star quarterback contemplates his future; two strangers meet on a plane; grandparents, together for years, face a crisis; and, an "I Hate Valentine's Day" dinner beckons the lonely and the lied to. Can Cupid finish his work by midnight? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Love Story. More or Less. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual material and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Julia Roberts turned down David Tyler in order to appear in this movie. Ironically, Sandra Bullock turned down Roberts' role in this film, and went ahead to star in The Blind Side. See more »

Goofs

When Kara gets out of her car at the restaurant for the party she is carrying pink and black balloons that are matted looking. As she enters the restaurant they are suddenly shiny. See more »

Quotes

Holden: [from trailer] Stalin once said, "No retreat, no surrender."
Kate: I think that was from a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie.
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Crazy Credits

Gag reel during the closing credits, and at the end of the closing credits cheerleaders form a heart on the football field. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Honest Trailers: Love Actually (2014) See more »

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4 And 20
Written by Conner Reeves, Jonathan Shorten, and Joss Stone
Performed by Joss Stone
Courtesy of Virgin Records America
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Revisit Love Actually on DVD instead.
11 February 2010 | by Troy_CampbellSee all my reviews

Did you read that cast list? Gives the term 'star-studded' a new meaning. Imagine what kind of film you could make with all that talent. Well, Valentine's Day is not that film. Far from it in fact. This who's who of a cast hampers any chance of real emotion due to the need to share screen time among them all. When you start getting interested in a character you'll most likely not see them again for another 45 minutes, pretty annoying when there are so few likable characters in the first place.

What is perhaps the scariest is that despite a plethora of plots, subplots and sub-subplots – all intertwining somehow – there isn't a shred of originality. Sure, you might be surprised who Bradley Cooper hooks up with at the end, but one small unforeseen twist barely counts. Bulge and fluff replace characterization and narrative development whilst the corny dialogue comes off as cutesy more than cute. It all goes back to the bloated cast: with over 20 stars that need their quota of jokes, sobs and happy endings filled, it's majorly difficult to dedicate any real time to exploring the unique intricacies of love and loss. See the far superior Love Actually for how it's done.

Saving it from complete dreadfulness is a handful of these big names – probably not the ones you would suspect – who manage to squeeze a laugh from their one-dimensional roles. The two Taylor's, Lautner and Swift, play their love-struck high school couple with a cheerful amount of tongue-in-cheek; Kutcher proves his charisma can go a long way as a heartbroken florist; and Cooper and Roberts (Julia, that is) are intriguing as plane passengers who don't know each other. Biel should hang her head in shame though, her standout woeful performance surely an early front runner for this year's Razzies.

Save your money and revisit its British counterpart on DVD instead.

1.5 out of 5 (1 - Rubbish, 2 - Ordinary, 3 - Good, 4 - Excellent, 5 - Classic)


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Release Date:

12 February 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,260,707, 14 February 2010

Gross USA:

$110,485,654

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$216,485,654
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