Valentine

Movie review by
Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
Valentine Movie Poster Image
Poorly made and just stupid.
  • R
  • 2001
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Not one single character of color appears. The women on display are sexually aggressive, and some of them die for it. Cruelty toward grade-school peers, mocking "fat girls".

Violence

Lots of women and a couple of men are offed in grisly ways, most involving knives, but there is also an electrocution, death by iron, an axe to the back, a decapitation (off-screen), an arrow to the guts, and shooting. The lead girl whacks her boyfriend/s

Sex

One girl ties up a naked guy, and then punishes him for demanding oral sex by pouring hot wax on his privates. Later, she is murdered in a hot tub while wearing a very skimpy bikini. Another girl is seen in bed with a young man she barely knows, although he seems to have been unable to perform. Plenty of kissing and sexually frank discussions.

Language

Occasional extreme profanity, frequent moderate profanity.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking. One character is an alcoholic.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids will be upset by this horror movie's atrocious violence, the mean-spiritedness of just about every character, the lack of parental figures, and the ineffectiveness of the police. Characters are offed in grisly ways, most involving knives, but there's also an electrocution, death by iron, an axe to the back, a decapitation (off-screen), an arrow to the guts, and shooting. Women are stalked and receive threatening letters, and a young boy is unjustifiably teased and beaten. The women on display are sexually aggressive, and some of them die for it. Mature themes include murder, cruelty toward grade-school peers, alcoholism, unkindness among friends, and mocking "fat" girls.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywonder dove October 18, 2012

Not impressed.

This movie is very cliche, nothing new or interesting about it. Just your typical slasher horror film but also combines comedy which didn't work for me. It... Continue reading
Adult Written byCastellanos August 8, 2009
When I watch a slasher movie, all I ask for are a handful of jump-out scenes paced throughout the movie, so as to keep me on my toes. Some creepy or gory images... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

I love this movie!

This movie was so cool! But is not appropriate for kids my age.
Teen, 14 years old Written byAustinA123 April 9, 2008

I love this movie!

Love it! Great job on the acting and deaths, and the twist at the end was great!

What's the story?

When her childhood friend Shelly (Katherine Heigl) is murdered, Kate (Marley Shelton) and her other longtime girlfriends begin receiving terrifying Valentine's Day cards. The girls wonder if the killer and card-sender is Jeremy, a boy they teased. The killer strikes again and again, and while the police investigator focuses on other suspects, Kate continues to try to find out more about Jeremy.

Is it any good?

VALENTINE pulls no punches; this is a movie that never pretends to be interested in anything other than sex and violence. But horror fans who can discriminate between this dull, sexist material and finer examples of the genre will feel ripped off. So poorly made is this movie that it can't even follow its own conventions. When the first girl dies in a way described by her Valentine card, one would think the rest of the victims would follow suit. But the killer soon forgets what he wrote to his victims, and even loses track of who it is he (or she?) is out to kill. Anyone in the vicinity is a possible target.

Moreover, the women under attack are a shallow bunch, more into showing off their sexual conquests and horning in on each other's boyfriends than demonstrating any real empathy for one another. The central character, Kate, is unique in her apparently genuine love for her long-time boyfriend, but her compassion for his alcoholism turns out to be a plot device--and one that doesn't add much to this already muddled movie. In the end, there's no one to like, so there's not much lost when virtually everyone bites the dust.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a good horror film. Does more gore always mean a better film, or can suspense be just as scary? Do plot consistency and character development matter?

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