MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

Some children get emotionally scarred when ridiculed by their peers, which leads to violent revenge in later years. Thats the premise behind this latest entry in the psycho-slasher-in-a-mask films. Four female friends from grade school gather at the funeral of a murdered friend. The investigation reminds the four of a sixth grade Valentines dance where a nerdish outcast asked them all for a dance, before being accused of sexually attacking overweight Dorothy. Thirteen years later, Dorothy (Jessica Capshaw) throws a Valentines party, but theres more red on the floor than just the decorations. Has the nerd come back for his revenge? Unfortunately, like past killer franchises, the story leaves room for multiple sequels. Despite recent spoofs of the genre, horror films remain surprisingly popular, and this one is probably no exception.

Like most horror/gorefests, this one features plenty of blood as characters suffer various gruesome deaths. Although knives seem to be a favorite weapon, more creative killings involve arrows, electric drills and a clothes iron. One particularly gruesome event involves impaling on a large glass shard. Other typical scenes involve discussions of sexual activity, implied promiscuity, premarital sex and an art display of sexually suggestive photos. Obscenities and numerous profanities liberally supplement the sexual innuendoes in the dialogue. Despite a couple of shower scenes, no blood goes down the drain. But this VALENTINE is no holiday.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Warner Bros., 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (12) times Mild 9, moderate 3

Obscene Language: Many (15) times F-word 7, s-word 6, other 2

Profanity: Many (17) times Regular 10 (GD 2, J 3, G 3, C, G sake); exclamatory 7 (OG, OMG)

Violence: Many times Moderate and severe (bloody nose from stress, body on autopsy table, neck grabbed, stabbings, neck sliced, woman shot with arrows, high fall, man hit/ burned with iron, ax sticking in bloody back, hot wax poured on mans crotch, bloody clothes, hit w/stick/ bottle, woman thrown through glass/ head impaled on shards, drill stabbing, bloody water, electrocution, drowned head, kick in crotch, fall down stairs, shooting)

Sex: Implied once (unmarried couple in bed)

Nudity: Few times (female breasts in photos); Near nudity Several times (women in towels, low cut dresses emphasize cleavage, photos of women in lingerie, bikini)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (comments about past sexual encounters, man chases robe-clad woman upstairs, art show features erotic photos and video, sensuous kissing, woman fingers blouse watching couple kiss, man invited to girls apt. but turns down, detective flirts with Paige/ comment about hand on thigh, man hands woman towel/ invited to join her, man drops pants/ undresses for woman)

Drugs: Frequent alcohol drinking, reference to drinking problem

Other: School boy publicly embarrassed/ called pervert, girl falsely accuses boy, woman insults her young step-mother, maggots in chocolate candy, detective flirts inappropriately, woman rinses soapy hair in commode

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Young adults

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