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Rashid Irani's Review: Valentine's Day

An all-star ensemble cast is the mainstay of this irksome ode to lovesick souls in Los Angeles. As with his previous movies, Marshall (Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride) is overly sentimental. Read the full review.

movie reviews Updated: Feb 13, 2010 14:02 IST
Rashid Irani

Julia RobertsMovie:Valentine’s Day

Cast: Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner

Direction: Garry Marshall

Rating: **

An all-star ensemble cast is the mainstay of this irksome ode to lovesick souls in Los Angeles. Clearly, an assembly-line product with more flash and froth than flesh and blood. As with his previous movies, Marshall (Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride) is overly sentimental.

The cliché-clogged script introduces us to a dozen characters. Consequently, the limited time spent with each of them, leading to monotony.

Some interesting people: an overworked florist (Ashton Kutcher), a lovelorn schoolteacher (Garner, endearing as ever) and an office secretary who moonlights as a phone-sex operator.

In the case of others, including a TV sportscaster (Jamie Foxx), the viewer is never moved from moderate interest to thorough involvement.

Julia Roberts is correctly understated in the small but significant role of an army officer returning home on leave. And of course, there’s the pleasure of re-encountering Shirley MacLaine. For those in the mood for romantic fluff, this one fits the bill perfectly. Others may prefer to skip it.