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Valentine's Day
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06.03.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Gary Marshall

Actors:
Everyone and their mamas

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Valentineís Day means a lot of things to a lot of different people and whether we like it or not itís unavoidable. This story explores a series of strangers connected by love, hate and every emotion in between on one of the craziest days of the year.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Iíve never really been a fan of the Hallmark Holiday known as Valentineís Day so the prospect of having it blowing up into a full-fledged film didnít exactly instil me with a lot of enthusiasm. Iím not cheap or unromantic (God knows Iíve gone out of my way to impress a good many ladies on V-day) but both my girlfriend and I work in the restaurant business and as such usually end up working V-day anyway so itís ended up meaning very little to either of us. This film was not at all what I expected and cast stones if you will, but I didnít mind the ride and enjoyed it for what it was. I wasnít thrilled or packing wood, but Iíve seen far worse.

Iím more perplexed and or confused than anything when it comes down to the cast. How in the hell do you pay twenty plus well known to relatively well known actors and actresses to come on board without blowing the budget to the farthest reaches of space!? Inflation is a sassy bitch these days and nobody works for peanuts in this business. That said, a good portion of this cast are present for glorified cameo purposes but still, Iíve seen people paid more for less if ya know what I mean. At the end of the day though, you can easily spot the central figures like Jamie Fox, Ashton Kutcher and Anne Hathaway, but thereís more than enough cast to go around and as far as calling out favourites is concerned (for me it was Bradley Cooper, Topher Grace and even good ol George Lopez) thereís something or should I say someone here for everyone.

The other thing that made this film interesting enough to keep me from napping was the interlocking storyline. Yes, Iím a sucker for that style of film but be that as it may, I can spot a flubbed job a mile away and this didnít feel like that. There were many solid connections and as the story continued I quickly realized this wasnít going to be the fluff-fest I originally assumed it was. On that end, most of our cast donít have all that great a V-day at all. The subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) character flaws were also very refreshing and in some cases (like with Hathaway and the guitar kid) seriously funny. Thankfully, for the most part these unique situations pertain closely to the pitfalls of lifeís unexpected journey through the minefield of love. As we see here, it can be pretty damn messy when you step down and hear a ďclickĒ but for me that added to the flavour.

VALENTINEíS DAY isnít the best romantic comedy (if thatís what you want to call it) Iíve ever seen but in no way is it the worst. As I said, with a cast this extensive, itís hard not to have favourites and be rooting for someone, which is how this film got me in the end. No, itís not a must see or something you need to own and yes, it does feel a little odd watching a movie about Valentineís Day in general, let alone when itís not actually Valentineís Day. That said, if youíre looking for a laid back flick to kick back to with your woman (that wonít have you knee deep in THE NOTEBOOK territory) this would be a wise choice.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Director Gary Marshall gives us a bare bones overview of the film that could have been far more stellar had he included some of the cast (there were more than enough to choose from). I wasnít surprised to see Julia Roberts in the mix considering Marshall also directed PRETTY WOMAN.

Outtakes: Well, thereís about two minutes of bloopers but the humour dies over the next three minutes as the director tries to be funny (heís not) and the cast all start making fun of him (also not funny).

Deleted Scenes: One the one hand thereís fifteen minutes worth here, but theyíre all about fifteen seconds or less and hence forgettable. The tattoo bit was definitely priceless though.

The Gary Factor: Despite how much they love to tease him, most of the cast reveal that director Gary Marshall was the main reason (other than money) that they agreed to do the film. Also (as can be expected) some of them share their best and worst V-day stories.

ďStay Here ForeverĒ music video by Jewel: A bonus if youíre a Jewel fan.

Previews: Thereís a special (or not so special depending on how you look at it) sneak peek of SEX AND THE CITY 2, a handful of trailers and a Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Thereís a love story or two, some touching moments and a solid handful of laughs interwoven among some of Hollywoodís sexiest and coolest stars, was it a sure-fire ten outta ten, hells no but it shouldn't have you starring impatiently at your watch so thatís got to count for something.

Extra Tidbit: The coolest thing ever to happen to me on V-Day was my friend Krista telling me about it's male counterpart Steak and a Blowjob Day (March 14th), which instantly became my favorite holiday.
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