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Friday, February 5, 2010

VALENTINE'S DAY

By D.E.Levine

Director: Garry Marshall
Writers: Katherine Fugate, Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein
Cast: Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Carter Jenkins, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts, Bryce Robinson, Bryce Robinson, Taylor Swift, Matthew Walker, Larry Miller, Beth Kennedy et al.
Producers: Mike Karz, Wayne Allen Rice and Josie Rosen
Executive Producers: Samuel J. Brown and Diana Pokorny
Associate Producers: Russell Hollander and Mark Kaufman
Original Music: John Debney
Running Time: 117 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English

The list of celebrities and stars in this film is so long that the question is not who"s in the film, but who isn't.

Director Garry Marshall has given us a light, romantic comedy with interwoven stories that bring the characters together over the course of 18 hours.

The film is pleasant, undemanding, humorous and poignant. Due to the broad range of acting talent and ages, this film should be appealing to a broad age range, from young to very old.

The narrative engine is Kutcher, a southern California florist named Reed who delivers flowers to the other characters.

Believing in the power of love, Reed proposes to his live-in girlfriend on Valentine's Day, with surprising results

Simultaneously, Reed's best friend Julia is waking up with her surgeon boyfriend who has to leave town to perform an operation and won't be able to spend Valentine's Day with her.

What happens to both of these characters and their friends forms the basis for the chain of events flowing through the film.

Like most of Marshall's films, the characters are people who are nice - generally nicer than people in real life. Some may have issues with Marshall's perpetual presentation of the world as a kind and benevolent place inhabited by kind people.

In this instance, that view sometimes presents characters who seem insincere. However, those instances are minimal and overall the picture is a pleasant, relaxing erxperience.