A plethora of famous names star in this romantic comedy - Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel/Alba, Taylor Lautner/Swift, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, etc. Love is found, lost, and refound on the famous day of love in this movie. Done in the same, complex style as Love Actually, Valentine’s Day goes even further with looks into many more people’s lives. But while it gives the viewer more content overall, it also gives less of each individual life.
Over the course of a single day the movie brushes the lives of a multitude of people all connected in some form or other, but it fails to give much depth to anyone’s individual story. Kutcher’s story gets the most attention with Jennifer Garner coming in at a close second but that might only be because their two lives are closely intertwined. Julia Roberts seems to have the most poignant story but it gets the least amount of time because its importance only occurs at the very end. After all, nothing can really happen in transit on a flight when the unspeakably vital part of your life awaits you off the plane.
The least important and equally small but much more amusing story belongs to the two Taylors - Lautner and Swift. “Totally ignorant of reality” is how their relationship is described by a reporter in the movie. Not to sound mean toward the teen generation but adults can’t deny that it’s true, even when thinking back on their own teenage lives.
Although the movie is cute, viewers are granted only a brief glimpse into most of the lives presented. But how much can a person really hope to glean from a single day of a person’s life?
Be warned though, this movie takes a little while starting up and viewers may find themselves falling asleep within the first 30 minutes the first time around while they wait for something extraordinarily interesting to happen. After all, there are lots of stories that need to be started and the first five minutes are rarely interesting in a person’s day-to-day life. Tough it out though and there will be a reward.
Here’s a short list of what to expect: Julia Roberts’ story is a tear-jerker at the end; Jessica Biel’s is funny; Shirley Maclaine’s is lovely and touching; and Anne Hathaway’s is eyebrow-raising.
Valentine’s Day gets a mixed 3.5 out of 5 stars.