Reviewed by: Laura Busch
TRUE LOVE—What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer
My boyfriend wants to have sex. I don’t want to lose him. What should I do? Answer
Should I save sex for marriage? Answer
How can I deal with temptations? Answer
How far is too far? What are the guidelines for dating relationships? Answer
What are the consequences of sexual immorality? Answer
Lying in the Bible
HOMOSEXUALITY—What’s wrong with being gay? Answer
Homosexual behavior versus the Bible: Are people born gay? Does homosexuality harm anyone? Is it anyone’s business? Are homosexual and heterosexual relationships equally valid?
What about gays needs to change? Answer
It may not be what you think.
What does the Bible say about same sex marriages? Answer
Read stories about those who have struggled with homosexuality
Why is there a disconnect between Hollywood and the rest of America? Answer
What is being done to change the values of Hollywood? Answer
|Featuring:||Jessica Alba (Morley Clarkson), Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel (Kara Monahan), Bradley Cooper (Holden), Eric Dane (Sean Jackson), Patrick Dempsey (Harrison Copeland), Hector Elizondo (Edgar), Joe Jonas (Morley Clarkson’s dog—voice), Jamie Foxx (Kelvin Briggs), Jennifer Garner (Julia Fitzpatrick), Topher Grace (Josh Morris), Anne Hathaway (Liz), Ashton Kutcher (Reed Bennett), Queen Latifah (Erin Patusi), Taylor Lautner (Tyler Harrinton), George Lopez (Alphonso), Shirley MacLaine (Estelle), Emma Roberts (Grace Smart), Julia Roberts (Kate), Taylor Swift (Samantha Kenny), Taylor Swift (Felicia), Carter Jenkins (Alex O'Bannon), more »|
|Producer:||Karz Entertainment, New Line Cinema, Rice Films, Samuel J. Brown, Russell Hollander, Mike Karz, Mark Kaufman, Diana Pokorny, Wayne Allan Rice, Josie Rosen|
|Distributor:||Warner Bros. Pictures|
“From the director of ‘Pretty Woman’ comes a day in the life of love.”
“Valentine’s Day” seeks to discover the meaning of true love as it tells the story of several interconnected relationships during a Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles. This tale opens when Reed (Ashton Kutcher), the young owner of a flower shop proposes to his girlfriend, Morley (Jessica Alba) on Valentine’s morning. Subsequently, we are introduced to the other players in this romantic comedy including, Reed’s good friend, Julia (Jennifer Garner), a kind-hearted elementary school teacher, who believes she has found something special in her relationship with Harrison (Patrick Dempsey), a successful doctor. We are also introduced to Julia’s friend, Kara (Jessica Biel), a lonely young publicist, who finds herself alone on Valentine’s Day every year. We are also introduced to two young high school couples, who find themselves caught up in their naïve and superficial ideas about what true love should be. We also meet two couples whose relationships have stood the test of time and a ten-year-old boy who discovers love for the first time. All of these characters’ stories of joy and heartache are brought to life by an all-star ensemble cast in Gary Marshall’s latest film.
“Valentine’s Day’s” moral stance on sex is one of the most offensive aspects of this film. This film serves to reinforce the secular world’s ideologies on this matter, as all of the characters in this film operate under the assumption that sex outside of marriage is an inevitable and normal part of every romantic relationship. The opening scenes set the tone for this film’s perspective on sex, as we are introduced to the different unwed characters, as they wake up in bed together on Valentine’s morning. Several female characters are seen wearing very short, skimpy nightgowns and several male characters are shown shirtless (one of the men is wrapped in a towel).
There is also a lot of frank sexual talk throughout this movie. Liz (Anne Hathaway), a struggling assistant at a talent agency, moonlights as a phone sex entertainer. Much of Liz’s dialogue is very inappropriate and awkward, as she is featured in many scenes describing immoral sexual acts, such as threesomes and the like, with her customers. Liz also tries to hide her embarrassing profession from her new boyfriend, Jason (Topher Grace), a mail assistant at the talent agency.
One of the teenage couples, Grace (Emma Roberts) and Alex (Carter Jenkins) plan to sleep with each other on Valentine’s Day during lunch to demonstrate their love for one another. Grace even tells one of her teachers about her plans and her teacher responds by saying “this must be a special time for you.” Alex sneaks into Grace’s bedroom during lunch to set things up for them. He takes off his clothes, before Grace gets there (a guitar covers the front of his body). Grace’s mom walks into her daughter’s room to find her naked boyfriend only covered by his guitar. Her mother tells him he must leave and he runs through the streets with only the guitar in front of him.
During the film, viewers discover that Harrison, Julia’s doctor boyfriend, is married with a family and has been lying about his life. Themes of homosexuality also made their way into this film, as we see Sean (Eric Dane), a football star, proudly announce on national television that he is gay. The normalization and exaltation of this kind of lifestyle is reinforced, when several of the characters offer Sean their approval and support.
“Valentine’s Day” is peppered with the following profanities: about 2 uses of the s-word, approximately 4-6 uses of a**, d**n, and h***, 2 crude terms are used to describe the male anatomy, and 9 misuses of G*d.
Despite this film’s heavy sexual content, there are several important lessons about committed relationships and love to be found in these characters’ stories. Most of these moral lessons are embodied in the character of Reed. His strength of moral character, which is displayed throughout the film, is refreshing. Reed is genuinely excited about his engagement to Morley and he has a true desire to take on the commitment that comes with marriage and family. Morley, on the other hand, does not share in his excitement about their future as a married couple, and she breaks off their engagement.
After his breakup, Reed seeks to better understand what the foundation is for committed relationships and true love. He asks his long-time married coworker, Alphonso (George Lopez), why his relationship with his wife and kids is so strong. Alphonso tells Reed that it is simple, he “married his best friend.” Reed takes this to heart, as he learns that love grows out of friendship over time.
Reed’s good character and genuine concern for his friend, Julia, is further exemplified when he discovers that her boyfriend is married. He makes the right decision to tell her about it, even if it means going to great lengths to do so. Later, Reed comes to the realization that he is meant to be with Julia. His love for her has grown out of their close friendship. He genuinely and unselfishly loves Julia as a total person and only wants the best for her.
Julia emphasizes the importance of marriage, when she tells her fifth grade students about the history of Valentine’s Day. She explains to them that an emperor banned couples from marrying, but a priest named Valentine secretly married couple’s in order preserve the institution of marriage.
Even though “Valentine’s Day” and its cast of characters are not without their likable and redeeming qualities, these moral highpoints are obscured by this film’s mature thematic content and promiscuous position on sex, so I advise viewers to leave this Valentine unopened.
Violence: Mild / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Heavy
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.
Response from another visitor—To Autumn—Please sister allow me a comment. If you opened up the Bible… you would find God’s view on homosexuality a little different then your tolerance. He absolutely does not tolerate it at all and calls it an abomination (Lev. 22:13). On one hand your right we should witness to all unbelievers and love them no matter what sins they are in, but at the same time we are called to not keep company (1 Corinth. 5:9) or to be unequally yoked with them (2 Corinth. 6:14), and definitely to not receive their advice or guidance, because they are of the world and of the devil, who we all once were of before we came to Jesus. You should be getting your instruction from God’s word with guidance from a mature christian sister who is rooted in God’s word and sold out for Christ, as you should strive to be.
We need to get back to calling sin a sin and not go to movie’s like this that promote absolute blasphemy against our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Satan is using movies like this to DESENSITIZE the world and, unfortunately, especially Christians… What happens is pretty soon nothing in the way of sin bothers us anymore, and we have become deceived, while Satan is laughing all the way to hell. We need to get back to living a holy life for Christ, as we are called to while there is still time. God bless you.
—seriously concerned, age 38 (USA)