Surrogate Valentine

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Surrogate Valentine
Directed byDave Boyle
Written byDave Boyle
Joel Clark
Goh Nakamura
Produced byDuane Andersen
Dave Boyle
Executive producer
Gary Chou
Co-Executive producers
Alex Cannon
Paul Cannon
Michael Lerman
StarringGoh Nakamura
Chadd Stoops
Lynn Chen
Parry Shen
Calpernia Addams
Joy Osmanski
Eric M. Levy
Mary Cavett
CinematographyBill Otto
Edited byDuane Andersen
Dave Boyle
Michael Lerman
Music byGoh Nakamura
Distributed byTiger Industry Films
Release date
  • September 30, 2011 (2011-09-30)
Running time
1 hour 14 minutes
CountryUnited States

Surrogate Valentine is a 2011 independent comedy film directed and produced by Dave Boyle.[1] The film's plot concerns a musician named Goh Nakamura, playing a fictionalized version of himself.[2] It is the first in a trilogy following Nakamura's character, followed by Daylight Savings (2012) and I Will Make You Mine (2020).[3]


San Francisco indie musician Goh Nakamura lives a life playing shows on the road. He reconnects with his high school crush, and is hired to teach an actor, Danny Turner, how to play guitar for a film role.[2]



Critical response to the film was generally positive. Rotten Tomatoes reports a 60% approval rating based on 5 reviews.[4]

John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter called the film "a slight, but amiable buddy comedy" as well as saying that it "offers a certain mild slacker charm".[5] Michelle Orange of The Village Voice also gave a positive review of the film saying that it "cultivates a sweet, shucksy tone that wears thin in some of the early scenes, but ultimately deepens into genuine heart".[6] David DeWitt of The New York Times wrote that the film "sometimes catches an insightful moment in the offstage lives of gigging musicians, and shots of San Francisco have photo-realist charm. But the story never asserts itself in any dramatic or comedic or even home-movie fashion."[2]


  1. ^ "Surrogate Valetine". 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  2. ^ a b c DeWitt, David (29 September 2011). "He Sure Looks a Lot Like That Singer". New York Times. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  3. ^ Galuppo, Mia (8 August 2018). "Lynn Chen to Direct Indie 'I Will Make You Mine'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Surrogate Valentine". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2010-03-10.
  5. ^ DeFore, John. "Surrogate Valetine Hollywood Reporter review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  6. ^ Orange, Michelle. "Surrogate Valetine the Village Voice review". Village Voice. Retrieved 2012-10-02.