Posts Tagged ‘valentines day

01
Mar
10

Movie Review: Valentine’s Day

WATCH Hollywood cram a holiday into 2 hours…

Starring Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Carter Jenkins, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts, Bryce Robinson, and Taylor Swift. Directed by Garry Marshall

24 hours of love and loss in Los Angeles. And yes, the entire cast is used.

Since there is no real plot to the story, and I guess you could argue that love really has no plot, let me give the rundown: The day begins with Reed Bennett (Kutcher) proposing to his live-in career-minded girlfriend Morley (Alba). With a “Yes” he’s triumphant and heads out to the shop for the busiest day of the year with his business partner and friend, Alphonso (Lopez).

Julia Fitzpatrick (Garner) wakes up after a night of great lovemaking with her boyfriend Harrison. Harrison is getting ready to go to a conference up in San Fran. Julia is a teacher while Harrison is a –supposedly- divorced cardiologist.

Also enjoying last night were Jason (Grace) and Liz (Hathaway). Liz is late for her job as a temp working at a Talent agency for Paula Thomas (Latifah) and rushes out to get on her bike when she gets a phone call from her other job, which is being an adult entertainment operator. Jason works in the mail room of a company and has only known Liz for 2 weeks.

Kelvin Moore (Foxx) is the number two sportscaster for a local station and he’s given a task by his producer, Susan (Bates): he has to do a “Man on the Street” Valentine’s Day segment. With some protest, and because it’s a slow news day, he relents and goes to do the piece.

Speaking of sports, quarterback Sean Jackson (Dane) has some problems with his career. His agent Kara (Biel) is torn between figuring a way for him to get out of the situation he’s in and keep her Anti-Valentine’s Day party going.

On a 14-hour flight back to L.A., Captain Kate Hazeltine (Julia Roberts) is napping on the shoulder of Holden (Cooper). Kate has one day, Valentine’s, to see her son before she’s shipped back to duty in the Middle East. Holden is a smart, savvy professional who isn’t a big fan of the holiday but builds a connection with Kate.

High school track star Willy (Lautner) and his dance team girlfriend Felicia (Swift) are in love, so much so that he gave her a giant, white teddy bear. Meanwhile, Alex (Jenkins) and Grace (Emma Roberts) are dealing with the pressures of “doing the do” for the first time.

And love isn’t just for teens and adults. Edgar (Elizondo) and Estelle (MacLaine) are a little bit away from renewing their vows, but Estelle has a secret. Incidentally so does their grandson Edison (Robinson).

I think that covers everyone. Are you confused?

What happens next is how all these lives run parallel, intersect and somehow make it through the heartwarming and heartbreak of Valentine’s. Morley confesses to Reed that she’s more into her career than him. Julia books a plane ticket to San Fran to be with Harrison, not knowing he’s in Brentwood with his wife and kid. Jason debates what to do about Liz for Valentine’s Day while Liz deals with the keeping her phone sex operator job a secret. Kelvin doesn’t want to do the “Man on the Street” bit and winds up befriending Kara. Sean doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. Alex has a misadventure professing his love for Grace; he stands in her room naked, strumming a guitar and waiting for her when Grace’s mom walks in on him. Estelle finally tells Edgar that years ago she had an affair on him with his business partner.

And so goes the stories of the L.A. lovelorn. The movie covers the entire day’s events, with occasional narration from Romeo Midnight (Paul Williams).

What else can I say about the movie? Well, they found a way to squeeze everything you like, and a lot of what you don’t, about Valentine’s Day into 2 hours. And with one of the largest ensemble casts I can think of in a while that’s no small task, so I’ll give them that credit.

I can say that there are some good performances in here but with so many stories going on, it’s difficult for me to ascertain who was better than whom. I’m half-and-half with romantic movies so aside from the sickening saccharine of the first hour, the rest of the movie went pretty smoothly. I give credit to giving the tribulations of love a reality I seldom see in other films.

And what’s the moral to the story? Sometimes love is staring at you all along and sometimes, it’s your best friend. Loving somebody is about loving all of them; the small things as well as the big. Sometimes people should have the courage to stop others when they see something as being wrong. Love hurts and love heals.

My grade: B

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06
Jan
10

Movie News and Views December 28, 2009 Trailer Edition

“Frozen” – A horror movie set on a ski resort. I guess everything IS eventual. Opens February 5, 2010

“Valentine’s Day” – The complexities of love and life in L.A. Stars Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Patrick Dempsey, Jamie Foxx, etc. Opens February 12, 2010

“Bounty Hunter” – A bounty hunter (Gerard Butler) has to retrieve his ex-wife (Jennifer Aniston) who has skipped bail. No doubt romance and hilarity will ensue… Opens March 19, 2010

“Repo Men” – Following all the previous genetic “repo” movies, this one follows a man (Jude Law) who is one of the best repo men in the biz and finds that he’s a payment or two behind. Opens April 2, 2010

“Back-Up Plan” – J. Lo stars as a woman who conceives twins via artificial insemination only to meet the man of her dreams the next day. Is anyone going to really watch this? Opens April 16, 2010

“Iron Man 2” – Director Jon Favreau ups the ante on the sequel to 2008’s “Iron Man.” This time around Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) faces off between a new weapons manufacturer (Sam Rockwell), a Russian prisoner who creates his own suit (Mickey Rourke), and a new assistant (Scarlett Johansson) who has an evil altar ego. Opens May 7, 2010

“Robin Hood” – Russell Crowe plays the titular character in this epic directed by Ridley Scott. Also stars Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong, and Max von Sydow. Opens May 14, 2010

“Shrek Forever After” – The fourth –and final- installment of the green ogre franchise. Opens May 21, 2010

“Sex and the City 2” – Women. Shopping. Sex. Manhattan. Sequel. Based on HBO series. Opens May 28, 2010

“Marmaduke” – Movie based on the havoc-wreaking Great Dane from the comic strip of the same name (located somewhere in your local newspaper around Family Circle). Stars Owen Wilson, Emma Stone, Ron Perlman, William H. Macy, and George Lopez. Opens June 4, 2010

“The Karate Kid” – A remake/reboot/re-ignite of the film that made Ralph Macchio a star, this time around it’s about a kid (Jaden Smith) who moves to China and learns the ways of “wax on, wax off,” from Mr. Han (Jackie Chan). Opens June 11, 2010

“Toy Story 3” – It’s to the day care for the gang as Any goes to college. Opens June 18, 2010

“Knight and Day” – Cameron Diaz is a lonely woman whose blind date (Tom Cruise) happens to be a super-spy on a mission that just got a little more… impossible. Opens July 2, 2010

29
Sep
09

Movie News and Views September 29, 2009 Trailer Edition

“Disney’s A Christmas Carol” – Jim Carrey voices Ebeneezer Scrooge in this CG take on the Dickens classic. Also stars the voices of Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Tom Hanks, Bob Hoskins, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Cary Elwes and Robin Wright Penn. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Opens November 6, 2009

“The Men Who Stare at Goats” – Ewan McGregor stars as a down-on-his-luck reporter who gets the inside scoop on a secret psychic military unit. Also stars George Clooney and Kevin Spacey. Based on the 2004 book of the same name. Opens November 6, 2009

“The Lovely Bones” – Peter Jackson directed movie based on the best-selling book about a girl who is murdered and continues to observe her family after death. Stars Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, and Susan Sarandon. Opens December 11, 2009

“Takers” – Bank robbing heist movie starring Zoe Saldana, Paul Walker, Hayden Christensen, Matt Dillon, Idris Elba, Chris Brown and T.I. Opens February 10, 2010

“Valentine’s Day” – Makeups and breakups in the L.A. basin starring Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Ashton Kutcher, Patrick Dempsey, Topher Grace, Queen Latifah, ad nauseuim… Opens February 12, 2010