Valentine’s Day (2010)
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: +1

Main Actors: Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Garner, Emma Roberts, Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper. Directed by Garry Marshall

FILM SYNOPSIS:Valentine’s Day captures the essence of February 14 as couples of diverse backgrounds, ages 18 to 60+, scramble to make sure this night will be the most romantic, memorable one of their lives. As in real life, “the best laid plans ” become a mixture of misunderstandings, broken hearts, and surprising awakenings. An all-star cast includes Reed (Ashton Kutcher), a popular Los Angeles florist, his best friend, school teacher Julia (Jennifer Garner), Julia Roberts as an Army captain with a 24-hour leave, and Patrick Dempsey playing a cheating heart surgeon.

Part of the fun is seeing how the many characters’ paths cross so that by the film’s end, everybody knows each other. This romantic comedy will appeal to teenagers and adults.

PREVIEW SYNOPSIS:It is refreshing to watch likable characters interact in believable (well, maybe a bit exaggerated) situations unique to Valentine’s Day. High school sweethearts (Emma Roberts and Taylor Lautner) feel peer pressure to consummate their relationship. Their planned rendevous turns into a hilarious, awkward fiasco. Although Esther and Edgar (Shirley MacLaine and Hector Elizondo) have been married for over 50 years, a long-hidden secret presents a crisis that threatens their marriage.

Both Reed and Julia think their lovers are committed, only to learn that sex is often completely separate from love. There are some suggestive bedroom scenes without nudity or sex.

Innocent looking Anne Hathaway plays an office temp who has turned to offering phone sex for extra money. Her cell phone rings at very inopportune moments and the conversations are more suggestive than graphic. Surely this isn’t a sign of the times? Along with a few crude words, and a reference to Jesus (“you need Jesus”), which is said in jest, the sex talk and bedroom scenes may offend. Caution is advised.

Mostly Valentine’s Day is entertaining and fun to watch. It’s good to laugh and remember our own past disastrous Valentine’s Days.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: Warner Bros.

Crude Language: Few times (hell, damn, ass).
Obscene Language: 2 s-words
Profanity: Humorous reference to Jesus
Violence: None
Sexual Intercourse: Unmarried couples shown in bed, no nudity; phone sex a few times
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: No activity, but a professional athlete announces he is gay
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Social drinking, some fairly heavy
Other: Positive messages about teen sex, honesty and loyalty in relationships
Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers and Adults

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