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Valentine's Day

by

Jeff Nelson

Valentine's Day is a dud that is a poorly executed clash of Crash and She's Just Not That Into You.

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Romantic comedies generally have two characters that are two-dimensional who fall in love and also have a very predictable timeline. It shouldn't be too difficult to show depth in two characters for an entire running time of a movie. Valentine's Day doesn't get this easy advantage due to its large number of characters.

Intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles break-up and make-up based on pressures and expectations of the Valentine's Day holiday. The story is simple and isn't anything too creative. The dialogue is contained, for the most part, and doesn't pass any barriers. From break-up lines to cheesy lines, everything has been heard before at one point or another.

There is a long list of big-named actors attached to this film. Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopen, Emma Robers, Julia Roberts, and Taylor Swift are only some of the actors featured in this flick. It's a shame that none of these huge actors get a chance to shine since they all are fighting for screen time and never get to show their characters in full. There are no problems with any of the actors, but nothing stands out to give any of them big compliments. It's not the fault of the actors, but all the fault lies on the screenplay.

Since this is a romantic comedy, there are no big FX, explosions, car chases, or anything like that. The sets are fine and the camera angles have been used in every other film out there. Nothing in the visuals stands out.

If this film was to be compared with any other, that movie would be She's Just Not That Into You. It's basically a dumbed down version of it. The lines that are supposed to be funny come off as irritating. There are only one or two one-liners that will get a chuckle from the viewer. The film just comes off as confused. It's unfortunate that no actors got to show their talent and no characters got to show any true personality or depth. Valentine's Day is a dud that is a poorly executed clash of Crash and She's Just Not That Into You.

My Rating = Two Stars

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