February 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm , by Nick Shell
It’s time to put the kids to bed and watch a movie that doesn’t feature a wise-cracking rodent. That’s hard to imagine, actually…
I feel like every time I see a list on a blog that tells the top 5 romantic comedies, it always includes Pretty Woman and When Harry Met Sally. So today I have compiled a list of fun movies to watch with your Valentine; only there’s a good chance you haven’t seen all of these or really heard too much about them.
More importantly, none of these are mushy at all. So even for people who aren’t big fans of V-Day, you will still easily be able to stomach the story lines here.
Something these all have in common is that they’re romantic “dramedies,” fusing together both drama and comedy. They’re not “cute” nor “lighthearted.”
Call me weird, but these are my top 5 favorite Valentine’s Day movies:
1. Garden State. What happens when at 26, you stop taking a cocktail of anti-depressants prescribed by your psychiatrist/dad, which you’ve been taking since you were a child? Then you accidentally become friends with and develop a crush on a well-meaning pathological liar? Not to mention, the soundtrack alone is so good that Zach Braff won a Grammy for compiling it.
2. Elizabethtown. This movie was marketed as a typical romantic comedy, but it was far from it. When a (previously) successful young businessman travels from Oregon to Kentucky to bury his father, he meets a free-spirited flight attendant on the way to Nashville. In the meantime, he has to learn to say goodbye to a father he’s not sure he really actually knew.
3. 500 Days of Summer. In the very opening line of the movie, you learn that they break up in the end. And somehow, it makes things that much more interesting and intriguing. Most importantly, this (un)romantic comedy helps remind you how truly grateful you are to have found the one you actually belong with.
4. About A Boy. Okay, I realize that throwing this movie in with a list of romantic movies may be a bit of a stretch, but I still think it’s a great Valentine’s Day movie. It makes for a perfect “cuddle up on the couch and watch an unexpectedly hilarious and non-annoyingly British movie that was never popular in America” kind of date night.
5. Love Actually. This movie deconstructs the fairy tale version of love and translates it into modern day life stories featuring a network of characters. What takes place after the fluffy romantic comedy starring Katherine Heigl ends? What is love, actually?
What movies would you put on your Top 5 Valentine’s Day Movie List? Did you agree with any of mine?