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movie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Valentine

Starring: David Boreanaz, Denise Richards
Director: Jamie Blanks
Rated: R
RunTime: 97 Minutes
Release Date: February 2001
Genres: Horror, Suspense

*Also starring: Jessica Capshaw, Jessica Cauffiel, Marley Shelton, Hedy Buress, Katherine Heigl, Daniel Cosgrove, Joel Palmer

Review by Steve Rhodes
1 star out of 4

Jamie Blanks's VALENTINE is as generic a horror movie as you're ever likely to find. Starring a bevy of beauties who are sliced and diced by a killer with a big shiny knife and a baby-doll mask, the movie is cast with twentysomething stars acting like teenagers. Between violent interludes in the Land of the Rich and Gorgeous, the story titillates us as the handsome characters frolic in their mansions.

"Roses are red," reads one of the threatening valentines that come to our lovely lasses, including Paige (Denise Richards), Kate (Marley Shelton) and Dorothy (Jessica Capshaw). "Violets are blue. They'll need dental records to identify you." So sweet. Another time they get chocolates laced with maggots. So tasty.

You could write the script yourself and undoubtedly do a better job. Still, there are a few parts that aren't bad. One involves a trophy wife who swaps barbs with her stepdaughter of the same age. Another has one of the lovelies rinsing her hair in the toilet when the water goes out. And, finally, there is a Turbo Dating service that gives each guy 30 seconds to make his pitch before being summarily rejected by our catty stars.

One of my favorite ridiculous parts occurs when Dorothy takes a shower and washes her hair, an activity popular in this show with exemplary hygiene. Although squeaky clean, she manages to keep on her makeup and lipstick.

So devoid of any imagination, VALENTINE makes one yearn for such mediocre fare as I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. It's pretty pathetic when you find yourself wishing that you were at a better bad movie.

VALENTINE runs 1:37. It is rated R for strong horror violence, some sexuality and language and would be acceptable for older teenagers.

Copyright 2001 Steve Rhodes

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