Valentine's Day

The rom com is out now on DVD and it's not quite as bad as you'd expect...

3/5
Dir Garry Marshall US (15+)

Lie to us, we ask on this pinkest of holidays. Tenderise us until we’re raw and chompable. This is why a director like Pretty Woman’s Garry Marshall has a career to begin with, so woe be to those who enter his manically upbeat ensemble comedy (starring Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel, Patrick Dempsey, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Foxx, etc) with dark clouds overhead.

This is the-US-does-Love-Actually and, as with its forebear, there are enough tart lines and gestures to elicit a slither of enjoyment. Still, it’s 99 per cent schmaltz, and some combinations are head-scratchingly devoid of chemistry (Ashton Kutcher and Jennifer Garner?).
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