8 Valentine's Day Movies That Everyone Will Enjoy
Valentine's Day is only a few days away and most of us have already made plans to celebrate (or boycott) the day. For those who haven't, staying in and watching a movie may be a great option. Maybe you don't actually have a date, or maybe you do and you and your partner would like to save money. Or perhaps you're celebrating the day with friends or family, instead. Either way, if you do decide to stay in and check out a film, here are 8 great movies for any kind of "valentine" to enjoy.
What It's About: This 2006 movie is a modern-day musical about an Irish musician (Glen Hansard) and his chance meeting with a Czech immigrant (Markéta Irglová). The two spend a week together in Dublin, writing, singing, and rehearsing songs about life and love.
Why It's Great For Couples: Once is a musical, but don't let that scare you away. The music is really good (the main song, "Falling Slowly" won an Academy Award and the soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy), and it's not the stereotypical musical where everyone in the street just starts singing; the musical scenes actually make sense since the characters are recording their album. Music aside, the film is romantic without being mushy (which is usually a turn off for guys; at least it is when I ask my fiance to watch romantic movies with me). There's some funny moments as well, and overall, this is a charming little film that both people in the relationship should enjoy.
What It's About: Love, Actually follows eight different couples in London at Christmastime. Most of the stories are linked somehow, and the film tells several interwoven tales about the characters falling in (and out, in some cases) of love.
Why It's Great For Singles: Look, I've spent more Valentine's Days being single than I have in a relationship, and I know how it feels. The last thing you want to do on the day is mope around and feel sorry for yourself, but sometimes that's unavoidable. I'm picking Love, Actually for the single crowd because it's such a hopeful and uplifting movie. The idea of watching a bunch of other people be happily in love while you're single and alone doesn't sound great, but the movie does it in a way that makes you feel good and positive about love (and the stories aren't only about romantic love- the movie also zeroes in on platonic and even familial love), and will get you out of the Valentine's Day slump in no time.
500 Days of Summer
What It's About: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel star in this off-beat romantic comedy about a boy who falls in love with a girl who doesn't believe in love and the eventual dissolution of their relationship.
Why It's Good For The Broken-Hearted: Valentine's Day comes each year without caring what's going on in your personal life; doesn't matter if you just got dumped the day before- February 14th, cupid, hearts, and everything else related to romance and love will bombard you, regardless. 500 Days of Summer is a fantastic movie for anyone getting over a broken heart, because the main character (Tom, played by Gordon-Levitt) is doing so in the movie, as well. You'll sympathize with his heartbreak, you'll laugh when you relate to the way he reacts, you'll cry when you recognize the honesty in the scenes (particularly the "expectations vs. reality" scene). It also helps that the cast is pretty easy on the eyes, so even if you're too bitter to actually care about the movie, there's still some nice eye candy to stare at.
Friends With Benefits
What It's About: The title pretty much explains everything about the movie, but if you haven't figured it out yet, the film is about two friends (Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis) who make a deal to have a sexual relationship with no feelings or strings attached. I bet you can guess how well that works out...
Why It's Good For Friends: This is a great movie for a group of friends, because while it's still romantic-themed, it's also a comedy. Timberlake and Kunis have a lot of laugh-out-loud moments together, and the two have good romantic chemistry too. The movie has the perfect balance of romance and comedy, so no matter what sort of friends are watching the film, everyone should be able to get something out of it.
What It's About: Cameron Crowe wrote, produced and directed this film starring Tom Cruise as the titular character. The movie is about a sports agent who gets fired from his job, and how he tries to keep his career afloat thanks to the support of his one remaining athlete (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and secretary (Renee Zellwegar).
Why It's Good For Guys: Jerry Maguire is the perfect movie for a guy on Valentine's Day, as its mostly about sports, with a little bit of a love story thrown in. The main focus of the movie is Rod Tidwell's (Gooding) career and Jerry's attempt to manage him, but the love story between Jerry and Dorothy is surprisingly heartfelt and romantic.
Something's Gotta Give
What It's About: Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton star as two 50/60-somethings who fall in love despite being exact opposites.
Why It's Good For Older Couples: You really can't go wrong with either Jack Nicholson or Diane Keaton, but older couples will probably particularly relate to the plot and the situation of dating later in life. The movie is another that has a perfect mix of comedic moments, as well as tender, romantic scenes, that'll certainly please a mature audience.
What It's About: Valentine's Day is another ensemble flick about several couples and singles in LA as they celebrate Valentine's Day.
Why It's Good For Teens: Though the film might be a direct rip-off of Love, Actually, it's still a pretty decent movie, especially to watch around this time of year. There's plenty of stars jammed in it (Bradley Cooper, Ashton Kutcher, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, and Julia Roberts, to name a few), and teens, in particular, will love it thanks to the teen stars in it (Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner of Twilight, and Emma Roberts). The stories are all very cute and a bit predictable, but that doesn't stop it from being a sweet movie that teenage girls in particular are sure to love.
Gnomeo & Juliet
What It's About: Gnomeo & Juliet is a 3D-animated take on the Romeo and Juliet story, starring, well...garden gnomes.
Why It's Good For Families: I saw this movie in theaters when it came out and I loved it! It's an adorable movie. Though the Romeo and Juliet story has been told so many times, it's never been told in this sort of unique way, and the animation is fantastic. Voice acting from James McAvoy and Emily Blunt is also stellar, and did I mention the soundtrack is an awesome compilation of Elton John's greatest hits?! Parents will love the music and the "adult" jokes hidden throughout the film, while kids will enjoy the animation and slapstick humour. And of course, the whole movie revolves around the most classic love story of all!