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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

[4.75/10] Valentine's Day (2010)


Valentine's Day (2010)

"Valentine's Day" strives to be what it clearly could never reach - a genuine romantic comedy with actual depth. Or, in other words, "Love Actually". While the film dies have it's moments of sincere laughter and undeniable cuteness, the majority of the film relies on all to familiar romantic comedy story lines and plot twists. For all the star-power, one could have anticipated something more, but at least there are a lot of familiar faces to improve the general mediocrity. There are so many stories going on at the same time that we are never allowed to get involved with or even keep up with what's happening to any one couple. The all star cast is wasted because nobody gets more than a few minutes of screen time to act out their clichéd roles. There were a couple of adequate performances though. I thought Julia Roberts and Jennifer Garner were OK, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Biel provided some comic relief, as did Taylor in an odd goofy kind of way. Other than these performances everybody else was either bland, bad, or their part so small it wasn't significant enough to even give opinion. Ashton Kutcher and Jessica Alba however once again provide outstanding evidence that they can't act for toffee. Easy on the eyes still seem to be their strongest quality. Overall, "Valentine's Dayis" has its moments and it's far from awuful, but it's a perfect example of quantity over quality and also that sometimes less is more.

  • My Rating: 4.75/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 18% (3.8/10)
  • IMDb: 5.7/10

17 comments:

Jaccstev said...

This film had no redeeming qualities. It rolled out cliché after cliché and all of them were achingly unfunny.

Nebular said...

Come ooon... it wasn't that bad :) Jessica Biel was hilarious and she actually did pretty well ;)

DEZMOND said...

I might check this one out just for Topher Grace, but I can't stand most of the other actors in it.

Nebular said...

His role was very minor, but he was ok. Topher's a cutie, but don't you think there's something strange about his face? I can't figure out what exactly... may be the lack of symmetry in the shape of his eyes? I'm not saying he's a freak though! This makes him even more visually interesting. ;)

DEZMOND said...

I don't really pay attention to the lack of symmetry when I see puppy eyes in a person :)) Actually, I don't pay attention to anything else after that, just the eyeeeeeeeeeeeeees :)

Nebular said...

You call those puppy eyes? Sweet! I call eyes like his "sad cow eyes", which sounds pretty funny in Bulgarian, but I'm not sure if it sounds good in English. :)

DEZMOND said...

well, cows are the most charming beings, so I'm sure Topher wouldn't take it as an offense :)

How do you say cow in Bulgarian? We say "krava" :)

Nebular said...

We say krava, too :) You know Bulgarian and Serbian languages are similar;)

DEZMOND said...
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Nebular said...

Your lovely Danijela Jankov is married to Andrei Arnaudov, who is arguably one of the most popular TV hosts here in BG, along with his buddy and colleague Ivan. They both host their own TV show on NOVA TV, called "Ivan & Andrei Show".[so unpredictable title :)]
Well, I think they're f**kin' morons, but audience obviously love them. If it depended on me, I would kick them off the screen :) You know why? Because I'm sick and tired of these two - the possibility to turn on the TV and see them on screen is about 95% :) Ivan & Andrey also have an 8-hour Saturday show, "Stancia Nova" where your own Daniela hosts the rubric "Desperate Housewives" [what a unique title!:)] together with Ivan's wife. What I'm trying to say is that thanks to the fact she's married to Andrei, she's already very popular here. I like her, because she looks expensive and has style and good taste;) ...oh, she also speaks Bulgarian pretty well :)

DEZMOND said...

Oh, what happened to my comment??? Did I write something wrong?

I know she's married to a Bulgarian and that it was the reason she moved there. I'm sorry that she left Serbia, but I'm also happy she found happiness in Sofia, since here nobody actually appreciated here charms and talent. She never had a popular show at our television stations, and people mostly knew her for her beauty. I've never seen or watched her husband and his shows. Unfortunately here in Serbia we have absolutely no contact with Bulgarian programmes, music stars, songs .... which is sad, since I know many of our stars are huge in your country and we should return that love :(

Nebular said...

I'm so sorry, Dezz, I didn't make it on purpose! I deleted your comment instead of mine. It was a mistake, and I don't know how to bring your comment back. Of course you didn't say anything wrong! Accept my apologize!

I had no idea Daniela was a TV star in Serbia. I thought she's just a good looking random serbian woman. :)

You don't have any contact with BG TV & music, because it's not a secret that Serbians generally don't like Bulgarians. There's probably a reason for that and I don't blame anybody! I've always respected your nation and I personally have nothing against Serbia! :) I even like serbians, especially you :)

DEZMOND said...

No need to apologize, I was just afraid I did something wrong and naughty as usual :)

Oh, but that's absolutely not true. Bulgarians, Macedonians and Greeks are the three nations Serbs like best, and they always quote them as friends, since we are all so similar. It's true that Serbia and Bulgaria were always on different sides in World Wars and especially in the 18th and 19th century, but those are politics not everyday life and everyday love.

I'm not a Serb :)) I consider myself a Vojvodinian, I'm more of a Bulgarian than a Serb since I have 50% Bulgarian blood in me :))

Nebular said...

OMG, I totally forgot that you're half Bulgarian :) No offense! :) I thought Vojvodinia is one of Serbia's districts, but I checked a few min ago and it appeared Vojvodina isn't an 'ordinary' district, but an autonomous province in Serbia. :) Things are clear now. ;) Subotica in particular is more Hungarian than Serbian city, since 35% of its population is Hungarian :) and also because the city itself has Hungarian architecture.
I'm so glad we are one of the several nations Serbians like best. I really am! :)

DEZMOND said...

Yep, Vojvodina is an autonomous region just like Kosovo (at least if you don't ask the Albanians down there) and is totally different from Serbia in pretty much every respect. People are calm, relaxed, open-minded, Euro-followers, respectful to other nations since there are more than 20 different nations living in Vojvodina, all in all extremely peaceful people. Serbians are more aggressive, traditional, patriarchal, self-oriented and active.
Yep, here in Subotica Hungarians and Croats and Bunjevacs make the majority, while Serbs have maybe 10%.

Nebular said...

"People are calm, relaxed, open-minded, Euro-followers, respectful to other nations..." Well, I can definitely see that :)

DEZMOND said...

yes, Neb, although I must admit I don't possess one of the main trade marks of Vojvodinians - their biggest pleasure in life is the fatty, caloric, almost lethal food :) and I'm just a poor little vegetarian :)