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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 9, 2010 at 9:49 AM

“Valentine’s Day”: The girliest screening ever?

Last night I saw the rom-com “Valentine’s Day” at a preview screening at Pacific Place, and the whole event — both on and off screen — had an alarmingly high girliness level. To wit:
— Cupcakes were served at the screening. (For the record, screenings almost never have free food, more’s the pity. The last free food I can remember was fried chicken for “Sweet Home Alabama,” which was quite a while back.) Really cute cupcakes, with pink frosting.
— The cupcakes, in addition to the standard pleated paper cups, had cute little paper collars with sweet prints. In other words, the cupcakes were wearing outfits.
— The “Sex and the City 2” trailer played, to cheers from the audience. For some reason, there are camels in this movie. And, for the record, cupcakes (baked by Charlotte, natch).
— A cute purse, along with other prizes, was raffled off before the screening.
— Ashton Kutcher is in the movie, spending his entire screen time wearing a pink T-shirt and a pink baseball cap and playing a really sweet and successful florist. Which is, now that I think of it, a rather charming female fantasy.
— There is a moment in the movie in which two inconsequential toddlers (as in, we don’t know who they are and never see them again) kiss. The audience cooed “oooooh!” on cue.
— Taylor Lautner, a.k.a. Jacob in the “Twilight” movies, is in “Valentine’s Day,” flashing his teeth but not his overexposed chest. He says at one point, “I’m a little uncomfortable taking off my shirt in public.” This had a few audience members giggling, myself included.
— There are more flowers in this movie than you can possibly imagine.
— There is also a “I Will Survive” sing-along.
— I left wondering where I might find the very cute blouse Jennifer Garner wears during a crucial airport scene. She was, for the record, even better dressed than those cupcakes.
I think I need to go to a boy movie soon.

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