- A comical warning to the bitter and single 2/14/2007 12:00:00 AM by Tenchi64589
As a male, I actually looked forward to seeing this movie... on my own accord while I'm at it.
Starting off, I actually used to be like Emma Calfield's character until a year ago, and to be completely honest, I'm glad I'm not anymore.
This movie should serve as an eye-opener to those that not only like to tell others how love is supposed to play out, but also be an entertaining watch.
The only thing this movie doesn't have going for it is the fact that it's loosely based on "A Christmas Carol." (Duh, check the title.) Other than that minor flaw, this is actually a good movie.
- This takes the traditional Carol to a new level! 2/14/2007 12:00:00 AM by lexiluvsmovies
This is all about a women who is extremely successful radio show host. Her subject matter is relationships for women and how to find the perfect man. The one thing she never says is LOVE. She can't even say the word and she is going to get married on Valentine's Day to a successful business man in 3 days. Her predecessor Marly comes back from the dead to stop her from making the wrong decisions. Marly takes her to Valentines past, present, and future. Will she be able to learn to love? Will she marry the man who she is engaged to? Will she make the right decision or will she just tear her world apart? Watch and see.
- Cute and entertaining comedy, not a masterpiece 2/18/2010 12:00:00 AM by vchimpanzee
Ally Simms is a relationship advice talk show host on Seattle radio station 96 Kiss FM. She is a witch, or more accurately something that rhymes with witch. She treats her poor assistant Gillian like dirt--for example, Gillian is crying over a breakup with an abusive boyfriend, and Ally just doesn't care. Tim, who works in the office, has a crush on Gillian, and he too is sort of a loser, so they just might be right for each other. Ally does nothing to help.
Valentine's Day is coming up, and Ally is marrying Matt, a partner in one of the city's top law firms. But that wedding may not happen; Ally is hearing the voice of her mentor Jackie Marley. Then she receives dead flowers from someone. Finally, Jackie appears as a ghost no one else can see. She explains that Ally needs to change her life, and although Jackie has been dead several years, she can't get into heaven until she makes Ally see what is wrong in her life.
The title of the movie made it sort of obvious, but yes, Jackie Marley sounds like Jacob Marley. There is a Tim. Alastair Sim (who played Scrooge in a memorable version of "A Christmas Carol") sounds like Ally Sims. So we are going to see Valentine Past, Valentine Present and Valentine Future.
Everything important in Ally's life happens on Valentine's Day. She became engaged to Ben but got a call from Jackie to come to Seattle and be her assistant at Kiss radio. The relationship with Ben did not survive. And then there was the Valentine's Day that Ally hoped to become co-host to the radio host who was an even bigger witch (or something that rhymes) than she ended up being. She got more than that--she got a promotion! And she met Paul, but he and Ally later broke up as well. And Ally's first date with Matt reveals something about him that may become important later.
And then there is Valentine Present. Ally's ex-boyfriends mysteriously show up give her reasons to come back to them. Ally also finds out something about Matt she didn't know--something that could make them both miserable later on.
Finally, Valentine Future. Not just one, but several. Not just miserable for Ally, but for others she has affected. Can all of this be changed? Will Ally get married? If so, to whom?
This is not a classic on the order of the movies directly based on Charles Dickens. It is entertaining enough and has plenty of feel-good moments. Barbara Niven is just edgy enough, while Emma Caulfield is not easy to like--this makes sense when you realize she's supposed to be the Scrooge.
I like the music in nice restaurants and bars. That's something I agree with Matt about.
I would question the plain TV-PG V-chip rating. Despite the font (one with which the rating is usually accurate), it deserves more--at least a D, and probably an L because the B-word gets a lot of use. And macho morning host Joe Biggs is even nastier than Ally.
It's worth seeing.
- OK but not great 2/18/2021 12:00:00 AM by jewelch
Highly enjoyable movie following Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" only Valentine's Day is coming not Christmas. Love John Reardon. I follow his movies and he is great! A woman who has become shallow and only interested in money, fancy cars and her boyfriend MUST have a great paying job.....finds out what love is all about with a little help from her deceased boss. Great job! James Welch Henderson, Arkansas 2/18/2021
- Entertaining though some things didn't make sense 12/13/2008 12:00:00 AM by sonopolly
I do like these "feel good" movies, but a few things about this one didn't make sense. Of course, it's based on "A Christmas Carol" but I felt that the original made sense. What didn't make sense to me was that this woman was not that lovable yet she had 3 great guys who were so in love with her that two of them came back to check her out when they found out she was getting married. She was very attractive, but as we all know, that doesn't have long lasting feelings. She was very shallow with the first two guys and even her current fiancé. All of the guys were great catches in every way and she wasn't yet she was the one in control and rejected two of them - twice so this story doesn't really convey that being kind, caring, considerate, and deep work to make someone love you.