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Movie Review: Blue Valentine

Alternate Title: Heartbreak Hotel

Story: Sorry to report that if a character is so reckless that they lose their dog and then it dies - I have little empathy for that character. This happens within the first 15 minutes of the film and I admit to being pissed for the balance of the movie.

Young David and Cindy have been together for several years and now have a young daughter. Their marriage is in shambles as Cindy realizes the guy she fell in love with has no aspirations and she, unlike he, has grown up. We watch as their marriage implodes and in a non-linear style director Derek Cianfrance moves back and forth in time to show the 'then' and the 'now.' Perhaps I am jaded, but viewing the 'then' in their relationship did not bode well for their 'now.' You do not have to be psychic to realize that their relationship would crash and burn. Maybe if you are young, and have not seen many movies, this film will interest you - but for me - I was bored early and then often. The cuteness of this vapid couple wore off quickly. The film was written by Mr. Cianfrance, Joey Curtis and Cami Delavigne.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYgr_iGATB4

Acting: Ryan Gosling as Dean does a fine job in being both obnoxious and sweet at the same time. The sweetness is revealed in his love for his young daughter.Michelle Williams as Cindy needs to find some parts that lighten her load. Little Faith Wladyka as daughter Frankie was adorable.

Trivia: Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three films, 'Five O'clock Shadow', 'Raw Footage', and Brother Tied (1998), won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best film. Raw Footage went on to be awarded a Special Deans Grant for Achievement in the Arts, as well as The Independent Film Channel's Award for Excellence in Student Filmmaking. He directed, wrote, shot, and edited his first feature, Brother Tied, at the age of 23.

Predilection: None

Critters: The aforementioned dog.

Sex Spectrum: The sex in this film is what gave it its hype. Big deal, I say.

Soundtrack: Goofy

Visual Art: Scranton PA is not a visual delight in this film. A few scenes were shot in what looks like, Brooklyn.

Theater Audience: About 30 other people.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I drifted often.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: Under two hours.