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Here are some out takes from their review on Valentine’s Day.
The hub that connects the narrative spokes (there’s another visual image in case my first ones didn’t work for you) in this particular ensemble comedy is an L.A. flower shop owned by a guy named Reed. Reed’s on cloud nine after proposing on Valentine’s Day morning to his girlfriend, Morely—a beautiful woman everyone but Reed knows is going to say no.
But she says yes.
So it’s the best Valentine’s Day ever.
Several positive Elements including:
More substantively, a grandfather tells a high school girl who’s planning on surrendering her virginity that he and his wife never had sex with anyone else. That proud acknowledgement then prompts a private confession with his wife (as they’re about to renew their vows) in which she admits she did in fact cheat on him—something she’s felt guilty about for years and wants forgiveness for before they go through with the ceremony. Though her misdeed is dealt with in superficial fashion, it’s clear her infidelity has wounded her husband and that long-term marital commitment is still worth pursuing. A parallel message is that real love requires accepting others’ faults when they fall short. (Though, as we’ll see, that ideal gets applied in some less-than-positive contexts.)
Most of these Valentine’s Day lovers act as if sex is just what people who like or love each other do.
Author lists several examples.
Three s-words and about a dozen exclamations of “oh god” or “oh my god.” We hear three or four uses each of “h‑‑‑,” “a‑‑” and “d‑‑n.” “Freaking” stands in for the f-word a handful of times. Two crude terms for the male anatomy are used.
If practice makes perfect, Garry Marshall should be an Olympic champion in the sport of romantic moviemaking. Even when you know where his stories are going, they still usually work because he’s so good at making us all relate to deep yearning, rejection and the hope of another shot at love.
The appeal of those universal themes is further augmented here by an ensemble cast list that reads like a Who’s Who in Hollywood: Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, Anne Hathaway, Topher Grace, Jessica Biel, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Jamie Foxx and Anne Hathaway are all in this film. But wait, there’s more! Kathy Bates, George Lopez, Queen Latifah, Hector Elizondo and Shirley MacLaine also showed up to give Marshall a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day.
And I still haven’t named teen country crooner Taylor Swift, who plays a caricatured, slightly manic but often hilarious version of herself. She dates (onscreen) New Moon phenom Taylor Lautner.
Sex, we’re told, is just what people do when they’re into each other. Especially around Valentine’s Day. The only thing that matters is whether you’re “in love.” Married or unmarried, straight or gay, young or old, it’s a person’s feelings—not a marital commitment—that determine whether a sexual connection is sweet or sour.