Valentine's Day

From the director of Pretty Woman and The Princess Dairies, Garry Marshall brings us yet another romance comedy - Valentine's Day. And this time, with a star-studded cast of Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Bradley Cooper and Ashton Kutcher among many others.

Valentine's Day is a collection of love stories loosely weaved together through the interconnected relationships one character have with another. All things related to love - best-friends romance, break-ups, confessions and revenge - happen in this romantic comedy.

Ashton Kutcher - as his usual heart-on-his-sleeve eager to please character - realises after his proposal to girlfriend (Jessica Alba) that the relationship might not be so mutual after all. On the other hand, his best friend, elementary-school teacher Julia (Jennifer Garner), suffers a major heartbreak as he lets on the two-timing nature of her doctor boyfriend. Next, Julia's girl buddy, Kara (Jessica Biel) plays a neurotic PR executive tasked with an important client and of whom sports reporter Kelvin (Jamie Moore) is eager to get a scoop. Feeling crammed already? There's more.

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There's Julia Roberts flirting with Bradley Cooper at an airport, or rather, a 14-hour-long flight; high-school sweet hearts (the two Taylors); together-forever couple Edgar and Estelle (Hector Elizondo and Shirley MacLaine); fresh-from-the-mill lovers Jason and Liz (Topher Grace and Anne Hathaway); and finally, young Bryce Robinson plays Edison who goes through throes of puppy love.

All in all, Valentine's Day could be likened to a gift with a pretty bow, lots of frills and too many wrappers that what lies beneath will not be able to match up with the expectations brought about. While this would make a great feel-good date movie, most would agree that there is more star appeal than script appeal. Too many cooks spoil the broth; this time, too many stars dilute the broth. There was simply no room for any character to develop fully to draw out the emotional aspects of each little love story. On top of that, the plots are predictable to the point of cliche.

Still, it is an enjoyable no-brainer movie that fans of the many stars might want to catch it. After all, love is blind.

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