I HATE VALENTINE'S DAY

Charming Romantic Comedy

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Release Date: July 03, 2009

Starring: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett,
Stephen Guarino, Amir Arison,
Gary Wilmes, Mike Star, and
Judah Friedlander

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Audience: Teens and adults

Rating: PG

Runtime: 99 minutes

Distributor: IFC Films

Director: Nia Vardalos

Executive Producer: Dominic Ianno

Producer: Madeleine Sherak, William
Sherak and Jason Shuman

Writer: Nia Vardalos, Stephen David
and Ben Zook

Address Comments To:

Jonathan Sehring, President
IFC Films/IFC Entertainment
Joshua Sapan, President/CEO
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
(Independent Film Channel/IFC Films/IFC First Take/AMC/WE)
11 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 324-8500
Website: www.rainbow-media.com

Content:

(Ro, BB, Ho, L, S, A, M) Light Romantic worldview with some biblical as well as two minor homosexual characters used for comic purposes; no foul language; no violence; implied scene of fornication; no nudity but unmarried couple in bed together with sheets placed strategically; drinking of wine and other alcohol; no smoking; and, dialogue of how adultery impacted the daughter and negative father figure but he redeems himself in the end.

Summary:

I HATE VALENTINE’S DAY is the story of Genevieve who discovers that her true love, a restaurant owner, disrupts the “rules of romance” she has designed to protect herself. This romantic comedy is charming, but there are scenes of implied sexuality that merit caution.

Review:

I HATE VALENTINE’S DAY is the story of Genevieve (played by Nia Vardalos) who discovers that a true love, Greg (played by John Corbett), disrupts the “rules of romance” she has designed to protect herself.

Genevieve will only date someone for five dates, and she has prescribed in advance what’s supposed to happen at each date. However, when she tries the five-date rule with the new restaurant owner Greg, she discovers that she is longing to continue dating him, but is too vulnerable and scared to try.

Along the way, she comes to grips with the memory of how she felt when her father betrayed her mother and left them both. This hurt and brokenness is what has made her concoct the five-date plan.

Genevieve confronts her father, who assumed that leaving and divorcing her mother would not have much effect on her. Greg decides that he must take the initiative to try to get Genevieve to continue to date him, even though they’ve had their “allotted” dates.

I HATE VALENTINE’S DAY is a charming, fun romantic comedy with a strong heart. While it was clearly shot on a low budget and there aren’t many production values, the story and the great chemistry between Vardalos and Corbett, last seen together in MY BIG, FAT GREEK WEDDING, holds the movie together. Vardalos co-wrote, directed and stars in this movie and does a great job for a first-time director.

There are areas of concern, however. Genevieve’s two co-workers at her flower shop are clearly homosexual, though they are mostly played for laughs as they follow her romantic escapades. Genevieve and Greg spend an evening in bed together, though they remain covered up in this implied sex scene.

On the positive side, the story shows that adultery and divorce have negative consequences on children that can last a lifetime and that life is designed to be lived in genuine committed relationships.

With caution for the negative elements, I HATE VALENTINE’S DAY can be a fun movie for discerning older audiences.

In Brief:

I HATE VALENTINE’S DAY is the story of a young woman named Genevieve, who discovers that her true love, Greg, disrupts the “rules of romance” she has created to protect herself. Along the way, she comes to grips with the memory of how she felt when her father betrayed her mother and left them both. This hurt and brokenness is what has made her concoct a “five date only” plan.

I HATE VALENTINE’S DAY is a charming, fun romantic comedy with a strong heart. While it was clearly shot on a low budget with few production values, the story and the great chemistry between Vardalos and Corbett (last seen together in MY BIG, FAT GREEK WEDDING) hold the movie together. Vardalos co-wrote, directed and stars in this movie and does a great job for a first-time director. There are areas of concern, however. Genevieve’s two co-workers at her flower shop are clearly homosexual, but they are mostly played for laughs as they follow her romantic escapades. Also, Genevieve and Greg spend an evening in bed together, though they remained covered up in this implied sex scene. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for these elements.