Aah Valentine’s Day, a day of roses and romantic dinners. A day of showing your significant other how much you love them, a day of chocolates in tacky red heart shaped boxes and expensive things. Or if you’re like me, a day of thinking about how damn single you are and watching movies about other relationships. Yes, I am that person that is single on the big V Day, I am the one that gets a bit annoyed by the sight of couples making out and serenading each other in public. Maybe I’m too cynical and have no heart, or maybe it’s because I haven’t been in a relationship for years now (my life is sad, I know, don’t remind me). But like I said, movies!!! In a way, Valentine’s Day has become that day for me where I sit around and watch movies about love and eat … a lot. Occasionally it includes a friend, but most likely due to the fact that most of them have people to make out with and serenade in public, they’re busy. This year I thought I would share a few of my usual watches on this romantic day. When picking out movies for this post I tried to come up with movies about romance that’s realistic, so there will be no Gary Marshal movies on here, or really any Julia Roberts flicks in general (although I was considering My Best Friend’s Wedding because that is one of my all time favorites, but I couldn’t break my own rules!!). I could’ve gone the obvious route and put something like Notting Hill or Bridget Jones’ Diary in here, but that felt too easy. I wanted to give myself a little bit of a challenge and include some movies that maybe not everyone thinks of right away when they think of Valentine’s Day. So let’s dive into this giant heap of love!!
It may not be exactly what you think when you hear the word “romantic”, but I think Closer is a perfect choice for this day. The four characters in the film may not be in love all the time or talking about how much they love each other but they are realistic and raw. One of my favorite things about Closer is the dialogue. It’s so smart and so real, I could just watch these couples talk for hours. The other thing about Closer that I didn’t realize till much later was the fact that there are really only four people in this movie. We focus on these two relationships and how they collide and it’s so interesting to watch. If you’re alone on the big day then this just might be the pick for you.
4. Away We Go
Every time I watch this movie I can’t help but smile. It;s not like there isn’t drama in Away We Go, it has it’s moments, but there’s a sense of hope spread throughout that really gets to me. Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski couldn’t have made a better pairing in this movie, they work so well off each other and they make you want a relationship like theirs. Unlike the previous entry on this list, there are some nice, fun characters through the movie as our characters try to find a home for their unborn baby (it always sounds so weird to say “unborn baby” to me for some reason, it makes me feel like I’m saying the baby died, it didn’t I swear!!). So if you’re feeling a little optimistic and you want some true love, Away We Go is perfect.
3. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
Changing gears a little bit, it felt wrong not to put a movie about friendship in here. I also couldn’t help myself because I love this movie so much, the combination of Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino is amazing and will make you laugh hysterically. The odballness of everything blends so perfectly and makes for a perfect watch if you want to just laugh and not have to think about relationships or being in one. It does’t have much to or really anything to do with Valentine’s Day, but who cares … it’s fun as hell!
2. Moulin Rouge!
I’m aware that there are some that don’t really like this movie all that much and honestly I understand that. Moulin Rouge! is a wild ride of a movie and it’s strange and sometimes misses a beat or two, but I happen to really like it! Sure, it’s a bit all over the place and likes to reference a lot of modern music, but it’s so beautiful and out there that I kind of respect it. The design, the costumes and the sets alone should be mentioned. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor are actually great together and make for a good “forbidden love” couple (Baz Luhrman is really into that theme it seems). If you haven’t seen the movie or just don’t even know what it is, then I’ll warn you ahead of time, it’s a musical .. kind of. I guess it’s more of a romantic journey with some covers of songs by Elton John and David Bowie thrown in there as well as some medley here and there. I would say if you’re in the mood for a fun ride and some good songs (that you most likely already know), then I would ignore what some say and give this a try.
For the #1 slot I thought I would go smaller ..and gayer. Weekend is another one of my all time favorites. As a gay dude (dude? man? I don’t know, I’m weird), I’ve always found this to be the truest/most honest movie about a relationship between to guys (sorry Brokeback, I love you and you almost made this list but you just missed the cut), and when I say that I mean it’s treated as a relationship between two people. They’re not special because they’re gay or different they’re just two guys who are slowly falling for each other in the realest way. I think what I love most about Weekend is the fact that it shows how love isn’t just a simple feeling, there’s no way you can just fall in love with someone and that’s it. When you love someone/are in a relationship you go through a whirlwind of emotions, you fight, you scream, and you hate each other sometimes. This movie shows all of that in the best way and it illustrates how everyone loves the same whether it’s a straight or gay couple.
So there you go! It’s 6:30 on a Sunday night and it’s Valentine’s Day, who knew I could be so last minute?!? Hope you check out some of the movies I suggested and I hope you’re not as single as I am, but what do I know? Maybe you like being single! There ain’t nothing wrong with it! Whatever your feelings are, have a happy rest of your Valentine’s Day and try not to get toooo drunk tonight!