"It’s Mostly About Sex"
VALENTINE’S DAY is a glimpse into the lives of a few interconnected Los Angeles citizens. Although it is funny and heartfelt at times, it ultimately falls short of its potential by making the focus of the holiday mostly about sex.
The story follows multiple characters of diverse backgrounds as they experience the pinnacles and pitfalls of finding, keeping, or ending relationships as their lives intersect with each other over the course of one day, Valentine’s Day. Reed Bennett (played by Ashton Kutcher) is a flower-shop owner working hard to run his business on the busiest day of the year after having just proposed to his live-in girlfriend, Morley (played by Jessica Alba). Sadly, though, Morley leaves him, and Reed comes to discover that the person he’s really in love with is his best friend, Julia (played by Jennifer Garner).
Unknown to Julia, she has been dating a married man, Harrison (played by Patrick Dempsey), but the truth is revealed over the course of the day. This forces her to make a decision about what she really wants in a relationship.
There are four high school characters in the story. Grace and Alex are making plans to have sexual relations for the first time on Valentine’s Day, but their plans go awry, which helps them to stop and think if this is something they should wait to do. Also, Willy and Felicia are in “puppy” love and never miss a chance to make out with each other whenever together.
Other characters include Edgar and Estelle, an older married couple planning to renew their wedding vows whose marriage is put to the test when Estelle reveals she had an affair many years ago. Also, Jason, a young man from Indiana working as a mailroom operator in a corporate office, is interested in Liz, a working girl who moonlights as a phone sex entertainer in order to pay her bills. She tries to hide her job from him, but he inevitably finds out and must decide if he is willing to accept this part of her life or not. Holden and Sean are homosexual lovers on the outs with each other because Sean wants to keep their relationship hidden. Lastly, there is Kara, a somewhat neurotic woman who hates Valentine’s Day and unexpectedly ends up falling in love with a sports newscaster who also shares her same feelings about the holiday.
Apart from a couple of positive elements, such as the husband who forgives his wife for having an affair and the woman who says love is not the same thing as sex, the movie is filled with sexual content that almost obliterates the biblical concept of what love really is. The movie has made Valentine’s Day more focused on sex than on love.
Although VALENTINE’S DAY is somewhat entertaining and has some funny moments, there are just too many characters and too many stories. This makes it difficult for the audience to really empathize and be drawn into what’s happening on the screen. The filmmakers have tried to give characters emotional depth and good development. In a couple cases it works, but for the most part it’s unsuccessful.
MOVIEGUIDE® recommends extreme caution for VALENTINE’S DAY due to its strong Romantic and pagan worldview, including some homosexual elements, the sexual content, and foul language. Please see the CONTENT section for more information.
Originally, by honoring St. Valentine, a Christian martyr, Valentine’s Day was about celebrating love and marriage together, as well as celebrating the love from God that surpasses all understanding and that originates with the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, who died for our sins so that all who believe in Him may have eternal life and true love with God in Heaven.
(RoRo, PaPa, Ho, Ab, C, B, LL, SS, N, AA, MM) Strong Romantic worldview with an emphasis on characters following their feelings, along with strong, sometimes mixed, pagan elements as characters act without restraint, basing their existence off of their relationships, plus a homosexual relationship, Anti-Christian element where and man tells woman she “needs Jesus” but says this as a joke, a few Christian, moral elements where woman says love is not the same thing as sex, high school couple seriously consider whether to wait before fornicating, and husband forgives his wife; 13 obscenities and three profanities; no violence; strong sexual content includes a strong support of fornication as the majority of characters engage in premarital sex, lots of brief and extended kissing scenes, some sexual references and brief discussion of sex, and one character moonlights as a phone sex entertainer (which is not rebuked); upper male nudity, boy completely naked with certain parts strategically covered by guitar, female cleavage, and women in semi-revealing nighttime-wear; alcohol use and drunkenness; no smoking or drug use implied or depicted; and, lying and woman is unknowingly involved in an adulterous relationship.
VALENTINE’S DAY is a glimpse into the lives of a few interconnected Los Angeles citizens. Although funny and heartfelt at times, it falls short by making the focus of the Christian holiday mostly about sex. The story follows multiple diverse characters as they experience the pinnacles and pitfalls of finding, keeping, or ending relationships as their lives intersect with each other over the course of one day, Valentine’s Day. It includes a story about a homosexual couple.
Apart from a couple positive elements, such as the husband who forgives his wife for having an affair and the woman who says love is not the same thing as sex, the movie is filled with sexual content that almost obliterates the biblical concept of what love really is. Although entertaining with funny moments, there are just too many characters. This makes it difficult for viewers to really empathize and be drawn into the story. The movie also falls short due to its strong Romantic, pagan worldview, by including some homosexual content and foul language, and by making the focus of the holiday mostly about sex. Hence, MOVIEGUIDE® recommends extreme caution for VALENTINE’S DAY.