2010 Preview: Valentine's Day

by Brandon Gray
Valentine's Day

January 15, 2010

Release Date: Feb. 12
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Director: Garry Marshall
Writer: Katherine Fugate and Abby Kohn & 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, Joe Jonas, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts, Taylor Swift
Studio Description: Valentine's Day follows the intertwining storylines of a group of Los Angelinos as they find their way through romance over the course of one Valentine's Day.
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Analysis: Featuring a litany of box office stars and familiar faces with the general theme of "love," Valentine's Day comes off as the deluxe version of Love Actually or He's Just Not That Into You. The ensemble romantic comedy was announced shortly after He's Just Not That Into You debuted to $27.8 million (winding up with $94 million) last February, and, apropos, it's scheduled to open on the weekend of Valentine's Day (which is also President's Day weekend), opposite The Wolfman, I Love You, Phillip Morris and Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

Valentine's Day's cast includes Bradley Cooper (a He's Just Not That Into You alum), Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher and Julia Roberts (re-teaming with her Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride director, Garry Marshall, in her defining genre) among many others. However, a marquee busting out at the seams doesn't always equal the sum of its parts at the box office. He's Just Not That Into You and Love Actually were popular, but didn't achieve the heights of the solo work of their biggest stars, while Playing by Heart was little seen. It can be tricky to get audiences vested in thematically-linked vignettes as opposed to a single, focused story, and Valentine's Day could come off as too much of a contrived celebrity gathering to be relatable. Nonetheless, the movie is likely to take advantage of the holiday and score a sizable sampling out of the gate.

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'Love' Finds Audience in Limited Release

Similar Movies: He's Just Not That Into You, Love Actually, The Holiday, Couples Retreat, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Playing by Heart

Related Charts: Romantic Comedy, Showdown: Relationship Battle

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