Valentine’s Day Date Movie Guide


Ah, it’s finally here-Valentine’s Day. If you haven’t made plans for you and your sweetheart yet, you’re running out of time. Lucky for you, a movie date has remained a tried and true V-Day date and the theaters will be packed with worthwhile options right in time for the big day. Let’s take a minute to run through all your options so that you choose the best movie match for you and your valentine this year.

First, you’ve got to decide if you want to risk seeing a brand new release or if you want to give a semi-old movie a chance. Maybe you’ll use this opportunity to finally see that Oscar-contender you’ve been dying to see. Early-year releases like The Reader, Gran Torino, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Wrestler are certainly viable options if you want to impress your date with your award-knowledgeable style.

For the more mainstream folks, you have way more to choose from. New releases this weekend alone offer quite a variety of options. The anticipated chick flick Confessions of a Shopaholic will be sure to attract some crowds. Starring Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), this story of a shopaholic-turned-frugal-career woman is sure to be filled to the brim with designer labels, hunky guys, and maxed-out credit cards. This movie is sure to be at least entertaining, but boyfriends might want to seek out other, more tolerable, options.

The release that is more likely to pique male interest is Friday the 13th. This remake of the 1980s classic slasher series is the best option for moviegoers looking to take the horror route; its familiar premise offers a much safer choice as opposed to the other horror flicks out in theaters like My Bloody Valentine and The Uninvited.

If horror isn’t your cup of tea, check out the thriller genre. Clive Owen’s latest, The International, opens up on Friday and is bound to be packed full of suspense. Or you could go see Liam Neeson’s action-packed film, Taken. Either movie will offer you and your date some V-Day excitement.

While it makes the most sense to take your date to see a new release, be sure not to overlook movies that opened last weekend. The biggest Valentine’s Day date movie this year is sure to be the dating-guide-turned-movie He’s Just Not That Into You.

This self-help book adaptation offers an interesting look at relationships of all shapes and sizes. The movie examines the relationship problems faced by seemingly-eternal single girls (Gigi, played by Ginnifer Goodwin), seemingly-happy married women (Janine, played by Jennifer Connelly), girls that can’t get men to commit (Anna, played by Scarlett Johansson, and Beth, played by Jennifer Aniston), and the dating-challenged (Mary, played by Drew Barrymore). For every woman, there is a man of course. These men range from the all-knowing womanizer (Alex, played by Justin Long), the cheating husband (Ben, played by Bradley Cooper), the boyfriend who doesn’t want to get married (Neil, played by Ben Affleck), and the reliable guy who is always just a friend (Conor, played by Kevin Connelly).

With a phenomenal cast, the movie doesn’t fall short in its acting. Each storyline garners a reasonable amount of sympathy from the audience and leaves its curiosity on high alert the whole way through. The most lovable character is Gigi who seems endlessly lost in her pathetic confusion about men.

While the characters are interesting, the plot seems to lack a certain amount of finesse. Overall, the movie plays out more like a series of stories that don’t fit together than a cohesive set of plotlines that are all geared toward the same message. The transitions between stories often come at awkward times, pulling your attention away too fast for you to understand what just happened in the first story. Despite its flaws, the film offers an interesting look at relationships for both men and women and should not be ignored as a practical Valentine’s Day date movie.

A variety of other options was also released last weekend including the goofball sequel, The Pink Panther 2, the sci-fi thriller Push, and the loveable stop-animation movie Coraline.

With such an assortment of movies playing this Valentine’s Day, every couple will surely be able to find a suitable flick. Be sure to consider all your options so you aren’t left regretting your choice. Picking the right date movie is always a delicate decision, but the frailty of the situation is only worsened when it is Valentine’s Day. Be wise or you just may end up dateless by the end of the night.