Though Garry Marshall hasn’t made a decent flick since 1990’s Pretty Woman he still apparently wields a not inconsiderable amount of clout in Hollywood. What else could explain the all-star ensemble of actors who gathered for Valentine’s Day? Among the major names found probing the turgid depths of the nearly 80-year-old director’s insipid rom-com are Julia Roberts Anne Hathaway Ashton Kutcher Jessica Alba Jamie Foxx Jessica Biel Taylor Lautner and various other prominent actors who either owe favors to Marshall or whose incriminating photos he holds in his possession.
A slice-of-life tale unfolding in Los Angeles over the course of a single Valentine’s Day the film chronicles the romantic adventures of a diverse cast of characters at various stages of relationships and encompassing virtually every conceivable demographic category. Their ages backgrounds and perspectives often dramatically differ but they each share one trait in common: Almost without exception they are all ceaselessly painfully disastrously unfunny.
Some temper their dishumor with a dose of the annoying like Kutcher whose dopey florist Marshall unwisely chose to anchor Valentine’s Day’s story around. Others add a dash of the preposterous like Roberts dressed in military fatigues in a laughable attempt to play a U.S. Army Captain on leave from the front. Still others add cloying sentiment to the mix like Bryce Robinson’s lovelorn 10-year-old whose grandparents played by Shirley MacLaine and Hector Elizondo ply him with nostalgic romantic tips pre-fabricated for maximum inter-generational cuteness. Whatever your preferred method of cinematic torture may be you’ll undoubtedly encounter it in this film.
In addition to challenging the pain threshold Valentine’s Day offers a test of endurance as well its story requiring over two hours to satisfy the narrative demands of its swollen cast. If you didn’t despise Hallmark’s ersatz holiday before you certainly will after enduring this Bataan Death March of rom-coms.
The actress and her long-time partner Christine Marinoni were among the thousands who participated in The National Equality March in the U.S. capital.
Nixon was spotted holding up a banner as she walked with hundreds of fellow New Yorkers, before taking to a podium to address the crowd.
Holding back tears, Nixon said, "I drove down here with 1,400 other New Yorkers from the theatre community and from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and I am prouder than ever to be from New York today because last month my congressman Jerrold Nadler introduced a bill that will at long last repeal the hateful, discriminatory and absurdly named Defense of Marriage Act."
The star then paid tribute to late student Matthew Shepard, a teen who died in 1998 after he was tortured for being gay.
She added, "Our right to marry is of paramount importance. It is important because when a country has different laws for different categories of people it sends its population a message that the different group of people with lesser rights are somehow inferior or less deserving of respect.
"That message is heard loud and clear by the worst elements in our society. It instructs them that if they are looking for someone to bully or beat or even kill, if they are looking for someone vulnerable to prey upon, gay people are a ready target. And that is why this movement is not just about our ability to get married. It is about demanding equal rights, equal responsibilities, equal opportunities, equal treatment and equal protection under the law so that we can herald in a new day."
Singer Lady Gaga was also spotted at the rally.