Director Garry Marshall struck it big with Pretty Woman and since then rom-coms have been a forte of his. He makes a big deal here of Valentine's Day and almost equates to Christmas or Thanksgiving.
Valentine's Day is his Robert Altman moment. An array of Hollywood stars criss crossing on the most romantic day of the year. There are literally a dozen or so plot lines in the mix here and all of them not very good and some actors are literally wasted such as Kathy Bates who appears in two scenes.
Jamie Foxx is a second tier sports commentator trying to find that big story rather than care for human interest stories who falls for Jessica Biel, a publicist for an over the hill football star whose agent is Queen Latifah.
Ashton Kutcher is a romantic florist on the busiest day of the year but his fiancée Jessica Alba is having cold feet and he realises the right woman for him could be his best friend Jennifer Garner a school teacher who is having a fling with a doctor who she later realises is married.
Shirley MacLaine is a 1950s starlet married for 50 years to Hector Elizondo but confesses to him of a past betrayal. Their grandson has a first crush and wants Kutcher to deliver a special bouquet for Valentines Day.
Bradley Cooper and Julia Roberts are sitting next to each other on a long distance flight, she is a soldier taking leave to get home to spend a few hours with someone special. They seem to get on well and flirt a little but who does Cooper really care for?
Anne Hathaway has got a new job working for Queen Latifah but she moonlights as a phone sex operator and just started a relationship with Topher Grace.
There are also plot lines featuring Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner and Emma Roberts which is as tedious as Hathaway talking sexy every five minutes when the phone goes off wherever she is at work, at home or in a restaurant.
I liked the young kid bothering Kutcher for the delivery of his roses but you can guess who he really had a crush on. The Roberts/Cooper strand was intriguing and interesting especially as the air hostess also had the hots for Cooper as well. The Hathaway phone sex story just sucked and the other plot lines aroused little interest in me.
This is a film that needed to be tighter, more funnier and the stories more interesting. It actually also needed to be more romantic.
Action / Comedy / Romance
Tech specs720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
2 hr 4 min