"Love is the only shocking act left on the planet."Right off the heels of last year's tall tale unraveling of romantic vignettes He's Just Not That Into You comes this year's slightly worse companion piece Valentine's Day. Starring a who's who of Hollywood--Ashton Kutcher, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx etc etc--this perfectly-titled ode to the most romantic holiday is packed with tons of rom com cliches. Florist Reed (Kutcher) pops the question to his beloved Morley (Alba) on Valentine's Day and he's on cloud nine. Reed's best friend Julia (Garner) and Liz (Hathaway) revel in their new relationships. Holden (Cooper) and Kate (played by Julia Roberts) find themselves stuck on a loveless 14-hour flight to Los Angeles. Kara (Biel) is the anti-Valentine cupid on the brink of organizing her annual "I hate Valentine's Day" party. Teenage sweethearts Felicia and Willy (Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner) bask in the glory of blind love. And senior sweethearts Estelle and Edgar (Shirley Maclaine and Hector Elizondo) hit a bump in the road to eternal bliss.
Yes, it's cliched and not well acted, Valentine's Day still musters up some comedic moments (mostly from Ashton Kutcher) and keeps your attention. That is until the last maybe twenty minutes, where it kinda loses you. It probably wasn't meant to win Oscars and critical praise, but there is something to be said about the fact that its original theatrical opening was on Valentine's Day weekend and it was number one at the box office. Quite frankly, it was just something to do with your significant other. Any other time of the year, it's probably not necessary to watch it. Just a fun, mindless, romantic comedy.
Reel Talk rating: C