Attention Lovers, as I’m sure you are well aware, today is Valentines Day. And if you are fortunate enough to be dating someone who has completely let this wonderfully commercialized holiday slip his or her mind, rest assured that one of their back up plans will be to try and sit through a romantic movie with you. No doubt this will take place after they have concocted a meal involving pizza, chocolate, and wine. The trouble is, now this person has a full tummy and that “I promise to give you a massage look” is quickly losing its momentum. So, sadly once again, it falls on your shoulders to save Valentine’s Day for the both of you.
But fear not, because we here at Working Author have done our homework and found four fantastic films that you both can enjoy watching, and may even help conclude your night with a little more romance than you anticipated. So without further delay, break out the popcorn machine, snuggle up on the couch, and enjoy the show.
Yes, The Notebook. Spoiler Alert: You will need tissues for this one. While you get swept up in Ryan Gosling’s hair and the story of two lovers whose time is quickly coming to an end, your partner will no doubt find Rachel McAdams tough not to fall in love with. Now even though no guy will readily admit it, this is a sincerely touching story. There’s nothing more romantic than a tale of two lovers from different social classes and how their romance may or may not stand the test of time. Side note: If you’re with a guy and he doesn’t cry even a little at this film, you may want to start thinking about finding a new boyfriend.
Grosse Pointe Blank
This is one of those quirky movies that has developed a cult following, and for good reason. John Cusack plays Martin Blank, a hitman who seems to be losing his touch. So after talking with his shrink played wonderfully here by Alan Arkin, Blank heads back to his hometown in Michigan to attend his high school reunion. There he reconnects with his long lost love, encounters assassination traps, and has a realization about his existence. With a great cast, memorable lines, and a happy ending, this flick should definitely brighten your night. Plus, it may even give you some ideas on how to knock off your significant other if they forget Valentine’s Day again next year.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Whether or not Russell Brand is genuinely funny is still up for debate. However, this movie consistently delivers laughs and sight gags that will have you giggling long after it’s over. Jason Segel is perfect as the likeable slob who gets dumped by his longtime actress girlfriend, then ends up running into her and her new lover on an island getaway. While falling for new eye candy in the form of Mila Kunis, Jason’s character must find a way to get his life back on track, along with finding his cajones. This film also manages to ask the question, what would a play with singing vampire puppets look like? The answer, surprisingly hilarious, yet sophisticated in a weird way.
The only thing you need to know about this film is that it’s a classic, no discussion needed. Of course, what else would you expect from a story that centers on a fairytale where the two leads are named Buttercup and Westley. Everyone in this movie, including Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, Chris Sarandon, and Peter Falk are at the top of their game. In fact, rumor has it that Director Rob Reiner was laughing so hard during Billy Crystals lines, that he was unable to concentrate and had to leave the set. Fair Warning: The dialogue “Hello my name is Inigo Montaya, you killed my father, prepare to die”, will be said in repetition to try and subdue you into giving your significant other some generous kissy face time. Our suggestion: Tell them to make with the massage, and then see where it leads from there.
In any case, Happy Valentine’s Day from Working Author.