Film: Valentine’s Day

Opened: February 12, 2010

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Starring: Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Héctor 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 & Taylor Swift

Critics lauded Valentine’s Day upon its release, but the Garry Marshall film isn’t looking to be a cinematic masterpiece.

On Valentine’s day, people throughout Los Angeles are connected through different relationships. Football player Sean Jackson (Eric Dane) makes a big announcement, Captain Katherine Hazeltine (Julia Roberts) is on her way home for a short leave and florist Reed Bennett (Ashton Kutcher) figures out how to express his own love.

Only a director like Marshall could get this number of famous names into one of his films.

Some of the storylines are thin – Kathy Bates is hardly present and after the start, no one seems to know what to do with Jessica Alba – but most of them pack a lot of heart, especially the older couple played by Shirley MacLaine and Héctor Elizondo.

Final say: Love is in the air. ★★★★☆

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