Love, American Style
Valentine's Day
Review by Ross Anthony

It's a warm, fuzzy, fluffy, entertaining film. With so many lovers and lovees, this film, filled with celebrity names and faces, does a pretty good job of integrating its many affairs from high school seniors to senior citizens. Of course, some of the story lines fall prey to romantic cliché, but some don't. In fact, the kicker to one of the film's most teased story lines hits with a surprise punch to the heart. I didn't see it coming, but when it did, it tugged hard at my heartstrings. Very nicely done. Unfortunately, this spinning yarn begins to wobble somewhat clumsily along the long homestretch to the conclusion. In an attempt to stay tight, the coincidences begin to mount. Also in some instances, editors indulge the film a few light moments of comedy where a more realistic melancholy would have given the production greater overall value. That said, in most instances the comedy works. This is a likeable fun film about romance. In fact, with a few tweaks here and there, it could easily be an A film -- even at its healthy duration.

Here's a quote from prolific director Garry Marshall, "I don't do explosions. Two people in a room -- I can do."

Overall a B+, but with a nice sprinkling of touching A moments.

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  • Valentine's Day. Copyright © 2010.
  • Starring Julia Roberts, Emma Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Shirley MacLaine, Bradley Cooper, Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, Eric Dane, Hector Elizondo, Patrick Dempsey, Jamie Foxx. Directed by Garry Marshall. Screenplay by Katherine Fugate, Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein. Produced by Mike Karz, Wayne Rice at Warner Bros.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)


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