“I” is for I Hate Valentine’s Day

source: imdb.com
source: imdb.com

Watched: April 5, 2015 on Netflix

Hashtag: #WatchingIHateVDay

Year Released: 2009

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Starring: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett

Run Time: 98 minutes

Description (from IMDb): A florist, who abides by a strict five-date-limit with any man, finds herself wanting more with the new restaurateur in town.

 

 

 

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source: highdefnews.blogspot.com

Nia Vardalos is probably best known for her smash hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which is the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time.  I saw it in theaters back in 2002, own it on DVD and watch it whenever it comes on tv.  I Hate Valentine’s Day is another sweet, quirky, semi-unconventional rom-com and I have to say, Vardalos knocked it out of the park again.  While this movie certainly didn’t share the success of MBFGW, in fact I’ll bet most of the people following my A to Z challenge haven’t heard of it, it was just lovely.  I found myself laughing over and over.

There were problems with the premise – Vardalos’s character Genevieve loves romance so much that she believes you should get out of a “relationship” as soon as the romance is gone and she believes the way to do that is to end everything after 5 dates.  The reason for her closed-off-ness is her father, who cheated on her mother when she was a kid and so now she doesn’t trust men not to hurt her.  I think the backstory was probably necessary here, but I’d really like to see a story where the woman doesn’t want a traditional relationship and it’s not because she’s got trust issues due to being hurt by another man.  Just once.

Other than that, though, the movie was charming.  Even though Vardalos cast John Corbett as her male lead again (he played her love interest in MBFGW as well), neither of their characters felt redundant.  Their chemistry felt new.  I’m definitely going to be adding this movie to my Valentine’s Day single girl’s marathon.

Also, just a quick note – the supporting cast in this movie was such a breath of fresh air.  Every time the scene changed there was a new familiar face on the screen: 30 Rock‘s Judah Friedlander, SNL (& 30 Rock)’s Rachel Dratch, What If‘s Zoe Kazan, Dumb & Dumber‘s Mike Starr, Parks and Rec‘s Ben Schwartz (Jean Ralphio! he was uncredited in this movie).

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source: onlinefmradio.in

 

 

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