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Valentine's Day (2010)
A Tale About Love, Romance, Heart Break, And Making Up. Got To Love Valentine's Day.
Love is in the air. Young lovers are rejoicing and making plans to celebrate this most romantic of days. Even the elderly celebrate it together. Although not every love story is perfect in life, but what relationship is? Before I saw this film, I didn't think I was going to like it to be honest. As most modern romantic comedies tend to be ridiculously cliched and unrealistic, to the point where I could just gag at how utterly shameful it is. However, "Valentine's Day" was surprisingly not only funny and amusing, it was also genuine and heart felt. The story essentially follows intertwining couples and singles, in Los Angeles, break-up and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine's Day.
Featuring an all star cast of Ashton Kutcher (Reed Bennett), Jessica Alba (Morley Clarkson), Kathy Bates (Susan), Jessica Biel (Kara Monahan), Bradley Cooper (Holden), Eric Dane (Sean Jackson), Patrick Dempsey (Dr. Harrison Copeland), Jamie Foxx (Kelvin Moore), Jennifer Garner (Julia Fitzpatrick), Topher Grace (Jason), Anne Hathaway (Liz), Julia Roberts (Captain Kate Hazeltine), Taylor Lautner (Willy), Queen Latifah (Paula Thomas), and many others.
What I found most intriguing about this film is how each individual story intertwined with each other so perfectly. Where one story affected the other so seamlessly that it perfectly blended movie together quite nicely.
Although some of the love stories didn't get fully fleshed out like the high school romance with Taylor Lautner's character, or the loneliness that Queen's character suffers during the movie. As it seemed their stories were rushed for the sake of time constraints. Plus, the movie is a bit predictable at times, but it does throw in a few plot twists here and there, to surprise the audience, so they're not completely bored watching the film.
Yet, despite this film's flaws story wise, I found the rest of the movie to be quite charming in it's own unique way. As each actor filled out their roles perfectly. I was really amazed by the the versatility of some these actors, who I used to think were vastly over rated like Ashton Kutcher. Of course, I was so used to seeing Ashton playing the moronic imbecile, Michael Kelso in "That 70's Show", that I just couldn't imagine him being that versatile of an actor. However, this was one of the rare moments, I was glad to be proven wrong. As Ashton is far greater of an actor, than I ever gave him credit for.
As I said before, the story isn't perfect as it comes off predictable and rushed at times. However, the acting performances along with some of the unique plot twists, make it worth watching. It's like Jason said around the end of the movie: "When you love someone, you have to accept them for who they truly are. Not just for all the easy to accept parts about them (i.e. the parts that you like), but you have to accept and love the parts you might hate about them as well. For that's what love truly is." Or something like that, as I forget the exact wording at this time, but you get the idea. Overall, "Valentine's Day" is a delightful romantic comedy that any couple would enjoy to watch together. It may not be perfect but like all romances, what love story ever is?