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Issue: Autumn 2010

Valentine's Day (2010) movie review

Heart Felt


A collection of interlinked stories that celebrate love and loss on Valentine's Day brought to you by veteran directory Garry Marshall.

Reed is a florist on the florist's day of the year. He starts it with a proposal t his girlfriend only to discover later in the day she isn't wearing the ring.

He meets his best friend's boyfriend (Patrick Dempsey), buying flowers for her and his wife, how can he tell her? He meets a young boy in his friend's class who is buying flowers for the girl he loves. Meanwhile Sean Jackson (Eric Dane) is a sports hero without a team looking for answers while his PR consultant is throwing an anti-Valentine's Day party that no-one has RSVP'd to.

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Movie poster, Valentine's Day
A Love Story. More or Less.

I surprised my husband once, now he's my ex-husband.

These anthology-type films can be effective if they are well-paced, well-characterised, and if they draw the skeins of the stories together for a satisfactory ending.

Garry Marshall is a master storyteller and this collection of love stories have us wondering, who will end the day with love intact, and who will be alone?

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 11 Feb 2010
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Title: Valentine's Day (2010)
Written by: Katherine Fugate (screenplay, story), Abby Kohn (story) & Marc Silverstein (story)
Directed by: Garry Marshall
Running time: 125 mins

The Players: Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Shirley MacLaine

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