With so many plot threads there's not enough time to develop each of the characters, so each story is told in abbreviated form, with the result that the film's success depends on the viewer already being familiar with the story. The screenplay was written by Katherine Fugate (The Prince & Me) from a story by Fugate and the writing team of Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (Never Been Kissed, He's Just Not That Into You). Valentine's Day features well-worn story lines, distracting and superfluous subplots, clichéd relationships and uninspired dialogue. The common thread running through the stories is that opposites attract, and our reasons for forming a romantic bond are often illogical and irrational. Sadly, we don't spend enough time with most of the couples, so it's hard for us to connect with them, and in the end, we really don't care much about what happens to them. There are two exceptions: the first is the couple played by Topher Grace and Anne Hathaway, two people who couldn't be more different, but who are inexplicably attracted to one another; the second is the couple played by Ashton Kutcher and Jennifer Garner who start as friends and co-workers, but end with the potential to be much more. So if you like ensemble romantic comedies with an A-list cast, and you enjoyed Love Actually and He's Just Not That Into You, you will definitely enjoy Valentine’s Day.
Labels: comedy, romance
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