So, Valentines Day is here, and I’m sure you will all be cosying up with your partners tonight, maybe have a romantic meal. There will be rose petals every where and maybe a few chocolates and glugs of champagne? No? OK, well check out some of these movies if you want to leave the romance to others instead.
(500) Days of Summer
Couple In Love: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zoeey Deschanel
An original take on the genre, (500) Days of Summer offers up a tale of a couple getting together, falling out of love and ultimately breaking up. Zooey Deschanel is almost the baddie of the piece, yet is still he usually quirky self. Joseph Gordon Levitt gets his big break, and gets to sing along to Hall and Oates in one of my favourite happy scenes in any movie!
Silver Linings Playbook
Couple In Love: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence
A romantic comedy hidden behind a drama about the effects of mental illness. You could almost call it a sports movies as well I guess. Bradley Cooper has certainly never been better and Jennifer Lawrence is outstanding as usual. Another great movie from David O. Russell.
Lars and The Real Girl
Couple In Love: Ryan Gosling and a sex doll called Bianca
Indie cult classic, and one of Gosling’s best roles to date. Cripplingly shy Lars finds love with a sex doll called Bianca. It’s a heart warming tale of small town folk pulling together to help and accept one of their own.
Punch Drunk Love
Couple In Love: Adam Sandler and Emily Watson
Paul Thomas Anderson, does a rom-com, with Adam Sandler?! As you would expect, it’s clearly not going to be as clear cut as all that. It is a strange, disorienting film, with an abrasive feel to the soundtrack. It is Sandler’s best role by a mile and is kind of similar to Lars and The Real Girl, in that he is a shy, difficult character, whom Emily Watson is trying to understand.
Couple In Love: Ellen Page and Michael Cera
Ellen Page plays the titular character, a pregnant 16 year old who is going to give up the baby for adoption. Michael Cera plays Bleeker, the young man who got Juno pregnant in the first place, and who is in love with her but doesn’t know what to do for the best.
Couple in Love: Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman
A love story between two children, but with a typical Wes Anderson slant on it. Sam’s love for Suzy is so deep, he even runs away from the scout group to meet her. The relationship between the two is a sweet take on young love, especially the scenes on the beach. As with a lot of Anderson’s movies, it perfectly suits the child like feel.
Couple In Love: Joseph Gordon Levitt and Scarlett Johansson
The couple in love could quite easily be JGL and his right hand/laptop, but in human terms he falls in love with Scarlett Johansson instead. The trouble begins when she discovers he bases his whole ideas on love and women around porn, and she bases all her ideas on romantic comedies. Can they find a way around this impasse?
Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
Couple In Love: Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet
One of the classic movies made in the last twenty years, and the movie Jim Carrey revealed he is a decent dramatic actor. As you would expect from a Michael Gondry directed film, it has it’s crazy bits, but the screenplay by Charlie Kaufman is perfect. Two people who once dated and broke up and subsequently had their memories of each other erased, bump into each other and fall in love all over again.
Couple In Love: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy
One of the best trilogies ever made, the Sunrise films should be boring, two people talking non stop for an hour and a half at a time. The reason they aren’t is because of the chemistry between Delpy and Hawke, and also I think the fact that there is a nine year gap between each film, meaning they grow older in front of our very eyes. We start when they meet on a train, and end with them married with kids, holidaying in Greece and trying to sort some emotional stuff out. Great stuff.
I Love You, Man
Couple In Love: Paul Rudd and Jason Segel (and Rashida Jones)
More of a bro-mance movie, with Jason Segel’s slacker getting in between Rudd and Jones relationship. This is genuinely pretty funny in places, and most guys will probably relate to it in some way or other. In fact, most girls will probably recognise their bloke in it as well! Whoops!
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
Couple In Love: Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey
How could I do a list of romantic films without including my hero Matthew McConaughey! As we all know, old Matt went through a rom-com phase, but came through the other side the better for it. Maybe a few other actors should try it?
This is the quintessential film in his rom-com cannon, but to be honest, if it’s a Sunday afternoon lazing on the sofa, I could watch any of them happily. And I don’t say that with any sarcasm attached at all! Go Matt!