Valentine’s Day: Romantic movies
February 8, 2016
When Valentine’s Day rolls around, most girls look forward to the chocolates, flowers, and jewelry that come with the heart-filled holiday. While I may fancy all of those things, I also look forward to snuggling up in a blanket and watching romantic movies. So even if you have extravagant plans this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to set aside some time for the films that matter most this holiday.
“Crazy, Stupid, Love”
Easily falling into the list of my favorite movies, “Crazy, Stupid, Love” follows a recently separated middle-aged man (Steve Carell) on his journey to regain the love of his life (Julianne Moore) with the help of the ultimate ladies’ man, played by heart-throb Ryan Gosling. The movie sheds a light on the different views of love throughout all stages of life, while simultaneously making you laugh at how pathetic we all are for falling in love in the first place.
Ryan Reynolds, better known as the king of the romantic comedy, stars in this movie about a newly single father who is taking a look down memory lane in order to tell his young daughter about how he met her mother. Different from the average romantic movies, this film emphasizes the importance of a stable father-daughter relationship.
My all time favorite romantic comedy, “Hitch,” stars Will Smith as a love doctor. As a dating coach, his job is to transform bland, unattractive men, into total dream boats by teaching them how to properly go on a date. Although Hitch has the proven methods to successfully get a girl, none of his techniques seem to work when he meets Sara Melas (Eva Mendes). After many successful dates, the pair learns that their occupations oppose one another, drawing a huge gap in their relationship. Instead of talking it out, they both choose to better their business lives over their love lives. This modern tale of love shows people that it’s ok to take a chance on
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds create comedy gold together in this different take on the classic romantic comedy. Margaret Tate (Bullock) is days away from being deported to her native Canada, when she decides to convince her assistant Andrew Paxton (Reynolds) into saying that the two are engaged. Paxton agrees, but only on one condition: Tate must fly to Alaska to meet his family. With an immigration official constantly around the corner, and the Paxton family keeping a close eye on the couple, the two are forced to feign true love.
“50 First Dates”
When Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are in a movie together, it is sure to be both funny and heart-warming, and “50 First Dates” is no exception. When main character Alex (Sandler) meets Lucy (Barrymore) for the first time, he makes it his life’s goal to make her fall in love with him. This proves to be incredibly challenging, because Lucy suffers from short-term memory loss, and forgets everything that happens in a 24 hour time period. When her friends and family see that Alex has only good intentions, they team up to help him woo her, day after day.
“The Lucky One”
When searching for a movie to watch near Valentine’s Day, you can never go wrong with anything by Nicholas Sparks. One of my favorite Nicholas Sparks movies is “The Lucky One.” Starring major heart-throb Zac Efron, the film tells the story of a Marine who returns home from Iraq with the one thing he believes kept him alive during his tour, a photograph of a stranger. When he returns home, he learns the woman’s name and gets a job next to her family’s farm. When they meet, sparks immediately begin to fly, as they learn they are meant to be together.