There is no genre in the medium of film as cliched, as boring, or as insipid as the romantic comedy. In theory, blending the element of love with humor should be a much more interesting, enlightening experience than what modern audiences are generally being offered these days. But charmless, humorless, generally boring scripts are often the force that drags down the genre. The latest romantic comedy to hit theaters, “Valentines Day”, offers a lot in terms of star power, but very little in terms of interesting characters, a decent story, or even entertainment: Believe it or not, “Valentines Day” is really boring.
The film covers about 18 hours on Valentines Day in Los Angeles, in an apparently alternate universe where the romantic holiday actually holds meaning in peoples’ lives. Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner are amongst the actors that show up in this film, all of which have small parts that if removed from the film, would make no difference to the plot. There aren’t any interesting plot developments throughout all 120 minutes of the film, which drag on unlike any other film I’ve ever seen. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen such a blatant attempt to make money.
One aspect of “Valentines Day” that REALLY, really bugged me: The film is really, really repetitive. Sure, there’s different variations of love in the film, but its basically 120 minutes of uninteresting, good-looking people either in love or looking for love. And there aren’t any interesting stories in the entire bunch, aside from a really poignant, sweet bit with Bradley Cooper and Julia Roberts.
The film doesn’t have a story, it has a series of events that almost completely fail at any emotional resonance. I have no other way to equate this: “Valentines Day” sucks.