The most polarizing holiday of the year is almost here. People either love or hate Valentine’s Day. If you’re like me, you’re keeping it low key since this year it falls on a Tuesday. But that doesn’t mean it has to be a dull night! Here are my favorite Sony Pictures movie picks for V-Day lovers… and haters.
Romantic Movie Picks:
When Harry Met Sally (R): This is one of my mom’s favorite movies so it had to make the list. When Harry Met Sally, starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, about two friends and their relationship over 10+ years living in New York City. The movie asks the question “can men and women ever just be friends?” and is credited for introducing such terms as “high maintenance girlfriend”. For rom-com fans, this is a classic.
Jerry Maguire (R): One of the most quotable movies ever made (“Show me the money!”, “The human head weighs eight pounds”, “You had me at ‘hello’”, etc.), Jerry Maguire has comedy, drama, romance and sports all rolled into one. Maguire, played by Tom Cruise, is a sports agent who has a total breakdown and strikes out on his own. His coworker Dorothy, played by Renee Zellweger, is so moved by his farewell speech she decides to go with him. You probably know the rest.
Big Fish (PG-13): One of my personal favorites from my favorite director, Tim Burton. This one is full of vivid imagery and imagination and tells the story of the extraordinary Edward Bloom (Ewan McGregor), a man with a gift for adventure and storytelling. In his life, Bloom encounters witches, giants, even conjoined twins, but the person he thinks is the most incredible is Sandra Templeton (Jessica Lange/Alison Lohman). “They say when you meet the love of your life, time stops, and that’s true. What they don’t tell you is that when it starts again, it moves extra fast to catch up.”
Nontraditional Valentine’s Day Picks:
Run Lola Run (R): Run Lola Run might not be your first choice when trying to pick out a movie to watch on Valentine’s Day. The German thriller is about a woman that has just 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 German Marks (or about $67,868 USD) or her boyfriend will be killed. Lola takes on the seemingly impossible task without hesitation, showing that love (along with matters of life and death!) are a strong motivator. Another cool thing about this movie: there is more than one ending.
Spider-man (PG-13): Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson are one of the greatest and most widely known couples in all of comics. I chose the first film in the Spider-man movie trilogy because it lays down the foundation of their romance, which is riddled with obstacles from the start. And who can forget the upside down kiss in the rain?!
Anti-Valentine’s Day Picks:
Starship Troopers (R): No matter how pretty Casper Van Dien and Denise Richards are, the gratuitous alien gore will keep you from feeling warm and fuzzy for sure. In the year 2319, Earth is under attack by evil insect creatures called the Arachnids or “bugs”. Despite their home planet being far away, they still seem to be able to bomb and destroy large sections of Earth, launching the global military into action. This one is an epic space battle full of blood and guts; I don’t think you get much more anti-romance than that.
Cruel Intentions (R): Feeling scorned? Cruel Intentions is all about relationships, but the devious, manipulative kind. Sarah Michelle Geller is at her meanest as Kathryn Merteuil, a young New York City socialite who enjoys nothing more than ruining other people’s lives. Her stepbrother, played by Ryan Phillipe is no better, a heartless playboy toying with girls’ affections for fun. Even with their evil ways exposed, pretty much no one ends up happy in the end of this one.
Superbad (R): It’s hard to stay bummed out about Valentine’s Day while watching Superbad. I think this is one of Judd Apatow’s best films. High school buddies Evan (Michael Cera) and Seth (Jonah Hill) along with their friend Fogell — you probably know him as McLovin’ — plan on going to a friend’s party but the night takes a turn for the worse. Run-ins with the cops, fights, impromptu sing-alongs and other shenanigans ensue and hilarity abounds. There is no way you can keep from laughing.
Still not enough to block out all remnants of Valentine’s Day? Check out my horror movie list from Halloween. That should do the trick.
So, what movie will you be watching this Valentine’s Day?
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