Tuesday, June 22, 2010

79. June 21, 2010 - Valentine's Day (2010)

Love Actually this is definitely not, though I think that it's trying to be. The set-up is similar, with multiple characters and storylines, none of which really constitute an over-arcing plot of any kind but all of which revolve around the same theme. Love Actually used the Christmas season as a backdrop for the stories, but this movie uses Valentine's Day as the theme around which the stories center. But about two thirds of the way through, it seems that all of the stories are going downhill fast and that doesn't leave viewers with any sort of satisfaction in the film. Plus, the characters and the stories are not nearly as well-written as those in Love Actually. They're clunkier and the dialogue hovers dangerously close to on-the-nose. I will say, though, that some pieces of the end are touching.
My Netflix rating: 3 stars

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