Ok, let me start by saying that I simply don't understand why this movie is getting such harsh reviews. The comparison to Love, Actually is a fair one but I didn't sit there thinking while it was on, "Oh, they're trying to make an American version of Love, Actually". There are some quite obvious likenesses but this film stands very well on it's own merit in my opinion.
It tells the stories of many couples in love who are all interlinked in some way or another. For example, Ashton Kutcher's character proposes to Jessica Alba and he's best friends with Jennifer Garner. There are too many links to mention without giving away the plot but believe me, it's very interesting to watch it all unfold.
The acting is very good all around, although I found Taylor Swift's character too annoying for words! Julia Roberts is great to see after such a long break from acting while she concentrated on being a mum. There's some added out takes after the movie finishes too and she does a great line from Pretty Woman. Her story actually had me crying at the end and Bradley Cooper's was the one that made me go "Awwwwww".
To sum it up then, PLEASE don't be put off by the bad reviews, especially if you're a fan of rom coms as this has all you could ask for in one. There are plenty of laughs to go along with the smoooches. Fantatsic film, well done again Garry Marshall!