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MV5BMTY1MTU1OTA5NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTM1MTQyOA@@._V1_SX214_Jessica Biel, Gerard Butler, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Judy Greer, Uma Thurman, Noah Lomax, Dennis Quaid

George (played by Butler) is a retired professional soccer star. He’s now down on his luck – no longer a professional, still just a little bit of a star. He’s trying, without success, to get into sports broadcasting.

George moves to Virginia to try and rebuild his relationship with his young son, Lewis. He agrees to be the soccer coach of Lewis’ team. He realises that he wants to get back with Lewis’ mum Stacey, the love of his life, but he has a lot of work to do there as she’s getting married to some-one else. George needs to sort out his life and grow up before Stacey, or Lewis, will ever trust him again. Will being the soccer coach help him or will he mess it up?

This isn’t a bad rom com. It ticks a lot of boxes and moves at a good pace. However, the film primarily revolves around George and all the female roles (Biel, Zeta-Jones, Greer, Thurman) are there to support him as the lead (mainly to sleep with him!). I think he got too much air time and they got too little. Some big stars got some very minor roles! But apart from that, it’s inoffensive and watchable, as long as you don’t expect too much.

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New Year’s Eve

Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank, Katherine Heigl, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Halle Berry, Robert De Niro, Jessica Biel,  Jon Bon Jovi, Sofia Vergara, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Abigal Breslin

This film is following the lives of a bunch of people in the lead up to New Year’s 2011 in New York. There is a single mum and her daughter, an unhappy employee trying to discover herself and happiness, jilted lovers looking for a fresh start, two couples giving birth and fighting for prize money, some-one dying, rock stars, failed relationships, missed opportunities – and New Year’s Eve will make everything right…

It is, of course, very similar to Valentine’s Day. All the storylines run parallel to each other, and some of them eventually come together.

In my opinion, too many stars is often too many stars. Sometimes you can get impatient waiting for the stories to have a point, or waiting for them to link up. But while you’re waiting, up pops another star!

There were some sad moments that made me cry, but not much to make me laugh. I found this film embarrassingly bad, it tried too hard, and wasn’t worth waiting to see.

Valentine’s Day

too many stars to mention, here are a few…Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher, Taylor Swift etc etc

This film is a little bit like He’s Just Not That Into You – with all the star parts, all the relationships, all the friends, and all the story lines that coincide nicely together as the film moves along.

So it’s Valentine’s Day and everyone is looking for love, looking for commitment, looking for friendship. Some get what they want, and some don’t. And as this is a rom com, it’s all good in the end. Not everyone gets love – if you’ve been bad you get a dose of justice! And there’s a couple of surprising twists to upset the rom com predictability.

I liked this film much better the second time around, but if you’re an incurable romantic, you’ll like it on the first viewing.

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