Film / Valentine's Day

A 2010 ensemble Romantic Comedy film directed by Garry Marshall.

Released just before Valentine's Day, the film boasts an All-Star Cast consisting of Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper, Taylor Swift, Hector Elizondo, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Kathy Bates, Jennifer Garner, and many, many more. Basically, the film follows the intersecting events of various characters, all taking place on the titular day. There's Reed (Kutcher), the hopelessly romantic florist proposing to his girlfriend (Alba). There's Julia (Garner), head-over-heels for a handsome doctor (Patrick Dempsey). Jason's (Topher Grace) just starting to fall for his new girlfriend, Liz (Anne Hathaway). Meanwhile Edison (Bryce Robinson) has a crush on a girl at school. His grandparents, Edgar (Elizondo) and Estelle (Shirley MacLaine) are getting ready to renew their vows. Kara (Biel) has sworn off love, while Sean Jackson (Eric Dane) is facing the end of a relationship and possibly the end of his career.

Nobody's Valentine's quite goes as planned. The flowers don't always reach their intended target, some relationships end, but others blossom. The film also does a good job of weaving the various plots together, and while not all the stories overlap, they form an overall mosaic much the same as the earlier Love Actually. Has a pair of Sequels/Spiritual Successors, New Year's Eve (2011) and Mother's Day (2016).

The movie definitely veers into chick flick territory, but the all-star actors give credible performances to prevent it from becoming too saccharine. The film's various allusions to its actors and its awareness of various Rom Com tropes make it highly enjoyable.

This film provides examples of:

  • Advertised Extra:
    • Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner. A huge chunk of the advertising for this movie had "starring Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner" and a good chunk of the time didn't even mention any of the other actors in the film (and their then Real Life romance didn't help matters). The two have maybe three scenes in the film and are pretty extraneous.
    • Jessica Alba also has hardly any screen time. And she plays one of the very few characters who isn't with somebody at the end.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Nearly everyone in the huge cast is absurdly pretty.
  • Big Damn Kiss:
  • But Not Too Gay: Sean (Dane) and Holden (Cooper) never kiss, even though nearly all of the other couples, including the teenagers, do.
  • The Cameo: Yes, that's Joe Mantegna who almost gets hit by Kutcher's van.
  • Duet Bonding: Kara (Biel) and Kelvin (Jamie Foxx) get one to the tune of "I Will Survive."
  • Dumb Blonde: Felicia, as played by Taylor Swift, and almost certainly a dig at the way some of the media view her.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Felicia and Willy parody the concept:
    Male Anchor: There you have it, folks. Young love. Full of promise, full of hope, ignorant of reality.
  • The Not-Love Interest: You would think Bradley Cooper and Julia Roberts' characters would get to get together. He's actually Sean Jackson's boyfriend.
  • One Steve Limit: Subverted with the cast which consists of two Roberts (Julia Roberts and her niece Emma), two Jessicas (Alba and Biel), and two Taylors (Swift and Lautner), but averted with two Christophers in which neither actor professionally goes by his real first name (Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace).
    • The outtakes at the end poke fun at the Taylor and Taylor pairing.
    Swift: Hey, I'm Taylor.
    Lautner: and I'm Taylor.
    Swift: Yeah it's confusing.
    Lautner: *Laughs*
    Swift: yeah we know that.
  • Sequel: Has its own sequel, New Year's Eve. Although really more of a Spiritual Successor, as only Jessica Biel and Ashton Kutcher (out of the main cast) return from Valentine's Day - in different roles.
    • As well as the less-successful Mother's Day, which turned out to be Garry Marshall's last film.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Love Actually.
  • Straight Gay: Football player Sean Jackson and his love interest, Bradley Cooper, culminating in their getting back together.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Edison for Julia. Unrequited, of course, and she redirects him toward Rani.

Alternative Title(s): Valentines Day