Valentine’s Day is a 2010 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. It is a film filled with many stars, including but not limited to Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Jamie Foxx, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, and Queen Latifah. The film follows a group of related characters in Los Angeles and their struggles with love on Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day was Taylor’s cinematic debut. She plays plays the role of Felicia, a high school student who is madly in love with her boyfriend Willy, who was played by Taylor’s then real life boyfriend Taylor Lautner. They are experiencing the freshness of new love, and have agreed to wait to have sex.
Valentine’s Day was not well received by critics, the general consenus reading that the film is “eager to please and stuffed with stars, Valentine’s Day squanders its promise with a frantic, episodic plot and an abundance of rom-com cliches.” However, audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film positive reviews, with an average grade of “B” on an A+ to F scale.
Valentine’s Day is noted for sharing similarities with the British film Love Actually (which is one Taylor’s favorite movies), particularly the basic premise of multiple storylines occurring around a popular holiday, and sometimes identical subplots.
Valentine’s Day debuted in the US on February 12, 2010 with $52.4 million its opening weekend, grabbing the No. 1 spot over the holiday that shares its name. The passing of the Valentine’s Day holiday later had the film’s box office results quickly declining with a total of $110 million in the United States and Canada as well as an additional $106 million overseas for a grand total of $216 million worldwide.