What better movie to go see on Valentine’s Day weekend than one about Valentine’s Day……….and even titled “Valentine’s Day”!!!??? When asked what Valentine’s Day is, one of Jennifer Garner’s character’s students describes the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre — but that’s not the kind of Valentine’s Day we’re talking about here! We’re talking the flower giving, candy eating, heart-themed kind!
But it isn’t all gushy, lovey-dovey stuff, either! It actually has more funny looks at break-ups and people who would rather just forget the day exists – to paraphrase Jamie Foxx’s character – it isn’t even a real holiday, we have to go to work on it! The audience watches as various characters deal with this day of love – some dateless, some very new relationships, some seasoned relationships, some lose love, and some discover it! It is a wide range of relationships and situations that all cross each other and interact in some way at some point in the movie! The most touching of all was Julia Roberts’ story – for most of the movie, we have short glimpses of her on a plane and we wonder what is going to develop with her. We find out about her relationship at the end. Even though I did guess it about half way through, I still took a deep breath, put my hand to my heart, let out a little sigh, smiled, and got all teary eyed!!! It was the only semi tear-jerker scene and it was a good one!!!!
For those who think, “all the funny lines were in the trailers, so why bother” — don’t be too sure!!!! I was very surprised to find several of the lines in the trailers AREN’T in the movie!!! In several scenes, I felt I knew what they were going to say and was prepared for the punch line from the trailer and it wasn’t there – a different punch line was in its place!!!! It was sorta like the trailer was a mix of lines that made it to the final cut and ones that were outtakes!!! It was cool to pay attention to see what preview lines were “missing”
And speaking of outtakes! Be sure to stay through the credits! I got up and started to leave the theater and realized they were going to show outtakes among the credits, so I stood in the aisle and watched them. As usual, the outtakes are as entertaining as the movie! Especially the last one — it is a Julia Roberts outtake — it cracked me up and I thought that was one they really should have left in the movie!!! Although, unless you saw Pretty Woman and know the script by heart (like I do), you may not “get it”.
Obviously, the “draw” to this movie is the list of A-list stars in the cast! Come on — Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, George Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts, Bryce Robinson, Taylor Swift….and more….all in the same movie!!!! Can you imagine what the salary budget was on that film??? Add Garry Marshall as the Director and how can you lose with this one? Although most have little more than cameo roles (the bulk of the movie revolves around a few key characters), they still make the movie worth seeing! Anne Hathaway’s character is surprising – and so funny! Taylor Swift’s character is a HOOT!!! Shirley MacLaine and Hector Elizondo are a joy to see together! Eric Dane is great eye candy, but watch for a surprise twist! Bryce Robinson plays Edison – the endearing youngster with a school boy crush – so sweet! Jessica Biel plays neurotic to the hilt! And I absolutely roared and loved the scene where Jennifer Garner gets her revenge in a restaurant – PERFECTION!!!
So, did it knock any of my Top Ten Julia Roberts movies of the list (see the next post titled “Julia Roberts” to get this reference)? No! But, did I enjoy it? YES!!! Go see it – it is a great date movie or for a girl’s night out – funny and fun! Very enjoyable — I rate it a B+++….not quite “A” material, but really, really close! The only thing that kept it from being a solid “A” was too much Ashton Kutcher – although I did enjoy his character a lot…..it was still Ashton Kutcher! 😉