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The Truth About “Valentines Day”

Truth be told, I did not think I would like this movie. I assumed it would be another dime a dozen romantic comedies, using the “He’s Just Not That Into You” method of cramming as many stars as possible into a tiny space. Although there were some aspects that made me want to stab a box of chocolates to death, it wasn’t all that terrible of ¬†movie.

My main concern is the sheer amount story going on. There are so many characters that you find yourself running to keep up with them all. There are a number of really well written twists that you don’t see coming. This was really surprising to me. You think of a romantic comedy and you assume all the twists will be right there in the open. This was not the case for “Valentines Day.”

Ironically, the characters for me that brought the most laughs were Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner. Although it seemed in the trailer as if this was a cameo, both characters have quite a few lines. If you watched their portion, judging the acting ability of the pair, then you would be disappointed. What made their appearance so great was the way they could poke fun at their natural stereotypes. Swift rattles off the line: “…well I’m certainly not a cheerleader” and Lautner follows with “…you know, I’m really uncomfortable taking my shirt off in public.” It was well timed and well executed.

This is not to say that America’s new pop star stole the show completely. Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Jessica Biel and Jamie Foxx all add solid comedy to this love fest. There were more than a few characters that drove you crazy but I’ll let you pick those out yourself. Another thing that threw me totally off guard was Bradley Cooper. I wont’ talk about the plot twist involving him, but for the first time he did not play the asshole. “Wedding Crashers,” “All About Steve,” “He’s Just Not That Into You,” and even “The Hangover” saw him play somewhat of an asshole. This movie breaks him of that, as he plays one of the sweeter characters.

Intertwining all of the story lines becomes a hassle at the end, but they pulled it off. They crammed over fourteen top Hollywood actors into a 125-minute romantic comedy. On a side note, I left the theater wondering how this movie could possibly make money. Paying these actors must of made this an extremely expensive movie to make and even if the movie stays at #1 for a few weeks, it will be tough to recoup the costs.

In closing I would like to list the actors and actresses in this movie who were played by top role players in Hollywood and were essentially throw ins to the cast. They included: George Lopez, Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts and the great Julia Roberts. Is this movie worth seeing with a bunch of guys on a Friday night? No. If you can stomach actually buying the ticket and sitting down in the theater, there is some part of this movie you will enjoy. Give it a shot.

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