Monday, October 18, 2010

Movie review – “Valentine’s Day” (2010) **

Dreadful, overlong rom com which managed to be a massive hit by virtue of it’s mega cast and title. An ensemble piece set in LA about people known to those who work in the film industry: assistants, TV producers, mail room attendants, florists, kids, their teachers, army officers you sat next to on a plane once. The stars come off well enough – Jennifer Garner and Ashton Kutcher are particularly likeable. Eric Dane's performance made me think he was a real life football star trying acting – I didn’t realise he was an actual actor. Taylor Swift gives the sort of performance where she’s obviously been given too much encouragement and praise off screen – some criticism might have helped (the two teen romance stories are heavily pro-virgin). Lots of pretty clothes and shots of the male cast with their shirts off – everyone seems to go to the same personal trainer.

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