Be my Valentine

Star studded cast boosts Valentine’s themed romantic comedy

by Bianca Brais

Cute, sweet and romantic. Predictable, ordinary and simple. These are the six main words to describe the romantic comedy, Valentine’s Day.
This film directed by Gary Marshall is filled with many, confusing subplots and a lot of brilliant actors with great chemistry. Kate Hazeltine (Julia Roberts) a captain in the U.S. Army on break is on an airplane to Los Angeles when she meets Holden (Bradley Cooper) who recently became single. In Los Angeles, Reed Bennett (Ashton Kutcher), a florist enthusiastically proposes to his girlfriend Morely (Jessica Alba). Reed’s co-worker Alphonso (George Lopez) and best friend Julia (Jennifer Garner) are surprised when Morely accepts. Julia, a school teacher is madly in love with Dr. Harrison Copeland (Patrick Dempsey), a doctor who may be hiding the truth about his life. One of Julia’s students, Edison is attempting to send flowers to his Valentine, while his babysitter, Grace (Emma Roberts) is to planning her first sexual encounter with her boyfriend. Meanwhile, Edison’ grandparents are experiencing long marriage troubles as well contrarily to Grace’s friends, Willy (Taylour Lautner) and Felicia (Taylor Swift ) are experiencing new love.
On the other side of town, Sean Jackson (Eric Dane) a professional football player is contemplating what to do with his career with his publicist Kara (Jessica Biel) and agent Paula (Queen Latifa). Paula has recently hired a new receptionist named Liz (Anne Hathaway) who is dating mailroom clerk Jason (Topher Grace), although Liz has been hiding a kinky little secret from Jason.These are only a few of the plots in Valentine’s Day. There are so many things happening to so many people at once, the link between all the individuals got confusing.
One reason this movie can attract a wide audience is because of all the scenarios relating to typical people, from high school puppy love to marriage troubles in your sixties. Although there were not many guys in the theatre room, except for the ones accompanying their girlfriends, tears were dripping down girls faces, it was obvious that the message of the movie came through. Valentine’s Day can be romantic; it can be fun whether you are single, married or dating someone.
Valentine’s Day is a very timely; it is not the type of Blockbuster people would rent in mid August. The whole movie is developed in one day, Valentine’s Day. Most of the movie was given in the preview, so if the commercials didn’t seem appealing, your enjoyment of the movie seems doubtful. Similar to He’s Not That Into You, Valentine’s Day is a simple and light-hearted. For those who love romantic, dreamy, chick flicks, Valentine’s Day would be a good choice.


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