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Movies to Watch this Valentine's Day

posted Feb 5, 2015, 7:09 AM by Unknown user

Jessica Lawrence

We all know the cliched classic date consists of dinner and a movie, and plenty of couples celebrate Valentine’s Day this way.  It can be hard to find movies to watch though, especially when your special someone doesn’t enjoy watching the same kinds of movies you do.  Not every boy likes chick-flicks, and not every girl likes action.  So you’re preparing for Valentine’s Day with your boyfriend or girlfriend and you don’t know what to watch; or maybe you’re single and need a good movie to watch since you have no plans with friends or family.  No matter your situation, here are just a few ideas to get you started before you head over to Family Video looking for the wrong kind of move.

Romantic Comedies: When in Rome A bit on the short side, When in Rome starts out in beautiful Italy where Beth (Kristen Bell) is the maid of honor at her younger sister’s wedding, Joan (Alexis Dziena).  On her trip to Rome Beth encounters Nick (Josh Duhamel), the best man of her sister’s wedding.  Beth is a young, ambitious New Yorker who is completely unlucky in love.  Also while on her trip to Rome, Beth impulsively steals some coins from the Fountain of Love, and is aggressively pursued by a band of suitors upon her return to New York.  Through it all, Beth must learn to finally let someone in and realize everything happens for a reason.

50 First Dates Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is a man terrified of commitment until he meets the beautiful and intriguing Lucy (Drew Barrymore).  They hit it off and Henry begins to think he’s finally found the girl of his dreams.  Until he discovers Lucy has short-term memory loss and forgets him the next morning, that is.  With the perfect combination of romance and comedy, you’ll almost forget

about the serious undertone of the whole plot until the mornings after their dates.  And when you remember, you’ll be torn between realizing how romantic the character of Henry Roth is and wanting to cry out of pity for him.

Letters to Juliet Primarily set in Verona, Italy, there is a place where the heartbroken leave notes asking the famous Juliet from Romeo and Juliet for her help.  It’s here that aspiring writer Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) finds a 50-year-old letter to Juliet that changes her life.  As she sets off on a romantic journey of the heart with the letter’s author, Claire (Vanessa Redgrave), now a grandmother, and her handsome grandson Charlie (Christopher Egan), all three will discover that sometimes the greatest love story ever told is your own.                                                                                                                            Image courtesy of: sky.com (fair use)

Romance: Pride and Prejudice In this beautiful adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, the spirited Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) meets single, rich and proud Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen).  Sparks fly for Elizabeth, and Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with the woman beneath his class.  In one of the most romantic movies ever written, Elizabeth Bennet must overcome her prejudice against the rich, and Mr. Darcy must see further beyond his own pride for either of them to achieve the happy endings they want.Image courtesy of: focusfeatures.com (fair use)

Comedy: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey) is easily defined as a womanizer, but he’s more than just a ladies man: he’s an advertising executive who, to win a big campaign, bets he can make a woman fall in love with him in only 10 days time.  Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) covers the “How To” column for Composure magazine, and her latest article is on “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”  They meet shortly after Ben’s bet, each having their own ideas for the next ten days.  What neither of them realizes, though, is that they’re being tricked while doing some tricking of their own.

Adventure: The Princess Bride Another rather short film, The Princess Bride begins with an elderly man reading to his young grandson.  The book from which he reads tells of a fairy tale with a beautiful princess, an evil prince, a giant and a knight in shining armor (theoretically).  Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) is betrothed to Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) after the love of her life, Westley (Cary Elwes), leaves on the promise to return to her one day.  When he does, he is outraged to find his one true love is set to marry the prince and become queen.  Westley doesn’t let her go easily, though: he sets out on an adventure to win his princess back and nearly gets himself killed several times in the process.

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