It is a chore finding a movie both my wife and I life. I, like most guys, am an action movie fan. My wife, well, she’s more Lifetime (boring). Unless you are the lucky woman who found a sappy romantic who cries at Bambi, it can be a real chore to find a movie you can both enjoy. Have no fear, this man has a male (and female) approved list of movies you can enjoy together on your Valentine’s date night.
1.) The Princess Bride
Beside the fact that Peter Faulk is an awesome actor and Grandpa totally acts like Colombo, this movie has something for both guys and girls. I have to admit, at first I didn’t like the movie (or I should say the thought of it). I was just like the young boy who later asked “Why’d you stop!” If you like to quote movies, this one is chalk full of great one liners. “I do not think that means what you think it means.” “Inconceivable.” While this is an older movie, Billy Crystal, Andre the Giant, and Mandy Patinkin make it great.
2.) When Harry Met Sally
So this is about as “chic flick” as I can handle. Another Billy Crystal movie. Him and Meg Ryan play friends who fall in love. The whole time Harry (Billy Crystal) argues that men and women can’t be friends because guys always want sex. The diner scene where the two of them argue about men knowing when a woman orgasms and most women faking it. The best line is “I’ll have what she is having.” All ends well with a good old “Auld Lang Syne” at New Years.
Will Smith is a great actor. A great story about the busybody who always sets other people up on dates but totally botches it when he finds his love. It is exactly how every guy feels when he gets twitterpated. On top of that, Will brilliantly teaches every white guy how to dance properly. This romantic comedy is great to snuggle up on the couch for your Valentine’s date night.
4.) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
A good love story has conflict and heartache. While this movie may seem mostly about people balancing on tiny tree branches and sword fights, there is a love story here. If you pay close attention, you can feel the tension between Master Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-fat) and Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh). Lovers who are within arms reach of each other but can never embrace. Duty, honor, love, and theft make this a great love story, not counting the various sub plots occurring simultaneously. It is subtitled, so sorry to the guys who can’t read. Smash, smash, kiss kiss.
If you don’t mind a “kids” movie, this is a great story. Resilience, persistence, and a crotchety old man. Old men are really soft in the middle (no Viagra jokes please) and care deeply. Like all wounded souls though, they just don’t like to show it for fear of being hurt again. The first 10 minutes will destroy you, from there it is all uphill on the emotional roller coaster. The happy ending is a great way to end your Valentine’s date night.
6.) The Fifth Element
Bruce Willis is a reluctant taxi driver with Navy S.E.A.L. training? Guys naturally want to protect the women around them (at least those raised in a good home). What we forget is that women are the most powerful force in the universe and really don’t need our protection as guys. They only think they need us. This movie should not be taken too seriously, even though it may appear so at first, it is really a tongue in cheek type of comedy. Add the dated graphics and you have a campy movie with both action and romance.
This one may not be a good choice if you A.) have a hole in your head or B.) have never watched Firefly (in which case, check for condition A). Joss Whedon does an amazing job of creating a fantasy world you can believe in. The series was cut short, but the movie was made as an end to placate the fans. “Like a leaf on the wind.” If you think J.R.R Martin kills characters off, watch what happens here.
What would you add to the list of perfect Valentine’s date night Movies?