A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie's friendships are quite enduring and very supportive; its ideas about romance are less refreshing (see Role Models section).
Positive Role Models
Everyone behaves as nicely as can be, given their relationship insecurities and individual peccadilloes. That said, there's some stereotyping (the men working as florists are gay, etc.) and Genevieve's ideas about love start out superficial, highlightingromance but not the hard work that goes into keeping relationshipsgoing. Ultimately, the film perpetuates romantic myths and assumptions (including somediscussion about how women need to be wooed with flowers and presentsand wined and dined to keep the romance heated), which makes for cutesyscenes that aren't entirely realistic.
Violence & Scariness
Some scenes of couples arguing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple kisses passionately; they're later shown in bed, ostensibly after having had sex, under the covers with bare shoulders and legs revealed.
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"Suck" is about as salty as it gets.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking; no drunkenness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this tepid romantic comedy reuniting the stars of My Big Fat Greek Wedding is actually quite tame in terms of age-appropriate content. There's no swearing or violence, only a little bit of social drinking, and not much sexy stuff aside from some kissing and one scene showing a couple in bed (only shoulders and legs uncovered). But while the movie's friendships are portrayed as sweet and supportive, it perpetuates corny, superficial ideas about romance and relationships. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Don't watch this movie if you're lactose intolerant -- it's that full of cheese. Though it means well -- the premise, if unexciting, is at least interesting, and the supporting cast, particularly Rachel Dratch, is charming -- its whimsy is forced and its momentum nonexistent. Romantic comedies, even the most formulaic ones, succeed when they carry you aloft on a giggle and a ride -- even if you know how it's going to end, it should at least get you there with the wind behind your back.
But I HATE VALENTINE'S DAY doesn't. Vardalos and Corbett, who once exhibited great chemistry in the justly vaunted My Big Fat Greek Wedding, don't work here. The banter is strained, the delivery anemic (especially Vardalos, who seems to have recently attended the smile-brightly-and-everything-will-be-fine school of acting). There's nothing offensive enough here to inspire outright hate, but there's nothing to love, either.
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