The all-star cast
Hmm, so there are the two Jessicas (Biel and Alba), the dating Taylors (Lautner and Swift), and the two Roberts (Emma and Julia). Who else is in the movie, you may ask? Probably every other big shot actor and actress in Hollywood. From Anne Hathaway to Jamie Foxx to Bradley Cooper. And considering that these actors each have their own respective fanbases who follow their every move, it makes sense as to why people went out to see the movie.
Two words: Garry Marshall. Yes, the director of Pretty Woman, the movie which put Julia Roberts (who is also in the movie) on the Hollywood radar, directed the 2010 film. If you're thinking "so what if that Garry guy and one of his former actors are working together again?" Well the answer is pretty simple: Garry Marshall is an iconic director with a great eye for romantic comedies. It's kind of like when Leonardo Di Caprio is in a movie then you just know it's going to be a fucking fantastic film. When it comes to rom-coms, if it's directed by this guy then it's bound to be pretty great… or so what most people thought. I think one of the main reasons why people came out to watch the movie was because people expected a lot considering that the man directed Beaches, Runaway Bride, AND the two Princess Diaries movies.
The movie focused on a group of characters who struggled and succeeded with love, obviously set on, Valentine's Day. I am fully aware that the script and story line aren't exactly oscar worthy pieces however at that time, movies wherein the storyline of the characters are woven together and intertwine is some way were big hits. (eg: He's Just Not That Into You, Love Actually, etc) It's a typical chick-flick with a couple dozen cliches scattered throughout the movie however there were some cute and laugh out loud moments.
I honestly enjoyed watching the movie when it came out (don't judge me) but after seeing it again during an HBO re-run, I didn't even reach the 30 minute mark. I'm giving it a 5/10 rating and I don't necessarily recommend it unless you're extremely bored or if your girlfriend forces you to watch it.