I know that this is to be a romantic comedy, but Valentine’s Day doesn’t always end happily for everyone, but in Garry Marshall’s world, it does and with this all-star cast, it did.
Valentine’s Day is a story of a more than two handfuls of people and couples, that all are attached to each others in one way or another. Circling around Ashton Kutcher’s character, who is a flower shop owner who gets engaged, but is dumped by his girlfriend that same day and it trickles down from there with a best friend dating a married man, who is best friends with a single angry press agent for a football star who comes out as gay, and so on…
I could pick this film apart just on the flower shop alone, but I will save that for a rant for another time. Each storyline was unique, but at the same time very predictable. I enjoyed that they chose to cover all ages and all types of characters and relationships, from the young elementary school boy with his first crush, to the old movie starlet and her husband, to the single mom flying home to see her son, and the gay couple who proves that love isn’t always straight.
Although my favorite character was Anne Hathaway, who played a phone sex “entertainer”, my favorite storyline was still the main characters (best friends) who both get dumped and find love with each other in the end. I do think that movie would have used less “Taylor”, Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift I feel were just added to get the tween crowd into the theaters, although Taylor Swift’s dance sequence was priceless and hilarious.
Over all, the movie was much better than I expected it would be, proving that love and Valentine’s Day is more than just a floral day from hell. Valentine’s Day has been released on DVD and Blu-Ray for your collection needs.