Valentine’s Day (2010) – Reviewed by George

Like “New Year’s Eve” this multi-story movie was directed by Garry Marshall (for the review of “New Year’s Eve”, posted on 12-31-16, click on December 2016 under Archives to the right). It has happy stories and sad stories, and illustrates that “The course of true love is never smooth” or whatever that motto is. Or even better, it’s like that song from “Showboat”: “After the Ball”. You know, “Many a heart that is aching after the ball”. Gosh, that doesn’t sound quite right either.
Oh well, the Story is by Katherine Fugate and Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein, and the Screenplay is by Katherine Fugate.
Many stories are told and the couples involved are: Ashton Kutcher and Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner and Patrick Dempsey, Anne Hathaway and Topher Grace, Shirley MacLaine and Hector Elizondo, Bradley Cooper and Julia Roberts, Eric Dane and Jessica Biel, Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner, Emma Roberts and Carter Jenkins, and Bryce Robinson and Megan Suri. Appearing as friends or coworkers are Jamie Foxx, Kathy Bates, George Lopez, and Kristen Schaal. Also Paul Williams provides the voice of Romeo Midnight, a radio personality, and Matthew Walker plays Greg Gilkins, the on-air sports-reporter substitute for Jamie Foxx when Jamie is taken off sports and put on Valentine’s Day stories just for the day and much to his disgust.
Couples will be happy or un-, or will be shuffled around changing partners, or a relationship may be tried and found to be working, not wanting, all to a background of snatches of great love songs like “For Once in My Life”, “Amor”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, “Everyday”, “I’m into Something Good”, and loads of others.
It’s a broad appeal-type film because there are bound to be a few of your favorites in the cast, and because it’s happy and sad and surprising. A bit too long, but fun; I liked it.
For me the funniest line was “Maybe you should try tofu.” And the message is “When you love somebody, you love all of them, even the things that aren’t lovable.” A good thought for today, for sure, especially if you’re lucky enough to have it reciprocated.

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