A Valentine secret about which Hallmark wants to keep
It was cold and snow-covered so we arrived early for our early dinner – too early. What to do? We decided to go to the paper store. Normally, I might avoid the paper store because I know that she will spend a lot of time looking at the merchandise about which I don’t have much interest.
After making the purchase she wants to show to me some cards and I wanted to show her some too. We stood among other people looking at cards and she initiated an idea. “Here is a card that I did not get for you, though almost did.” She read the card to me after which she gave to me a kiss.
So, I selected a card from the shelf that I did not get, though may have, and read it to her followed by a kiss. We continued this process, reading cards enthusiastically and pretending the exchange.
Some other shoppers remarked that this is a better idea than buying the cards. They would go home and get their boyfriends and girlfriends and bring them back to carry out the experience.
After dinner, take in a movie.
“Valentine’s Day A Soggy, Love Note
By Mary Pols
Set in Los Angeles on February 14th, Valentine's Day features at least a dozen big names and nearly as many interwoven story lines. It's an American Love Actually, or better yet, a girly Crash without the guns and pretensions. Its vast ensemble cast includes four Oscar winners: Kathy Bates, Jamie Foxx, Shirley MacLaine and Julia Roberts. The film hits theaters two days before the actual Valentine's Day, which means it could still jump start the floral and candy sectors of the economy. What's not to like? (See who will win at the Oscars.)
Plenty, if you listen to a young actor named Alex Meraz, who played one of the non-Taylor-Lautner werewolves in last summer's New Moon. Flying without a publicist, Meraz slammed the movie as "lame and desperate" and part of a "get rich quick skeem[sic]" in a recent tweet — notwithstanding the fact that his wolfpack mate Lautner is a member of the Valentine's Day cast. The insult likely rolled right off the back of director Garry Marshall, who has surely developed a pretty thick skin over the course of his 75 years — he did direct Beaches and Georgia Rule after all.
There's actually not even a whiff of desperation about Valentine's Day; the film skips along pleasantly, supremely confident in its own cuteness and utterly unapologetic about how shallow or contrived it might be. Whether his films are to your taste or not, Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries) has an undeniable gift for mainstream entertainment. His aim here is certainly somewhat self-congratulatory: an outtake that runs over the credits has Roberts, playing a military officer on leave to visit a loved one, quoting one of her most famous lines from Pretty Woman.