VALENTINES DAY – TEN ALTERNATIVE ROMANTIC MOVIES (AND ONE MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY ONE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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(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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Juno

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.

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Moonrise Kingdom

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.

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Don Jon

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?

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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.

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Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight

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.

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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!

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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!

 

 

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14 comments

  1. Reblogged this on Forget the Viagra, Pass Me a Carrot and commented:
    Can’t wait until Re-blog Saturday since this one is time sensitive! Can I add both versions of An Affair to Remember – watch and weep.

  2. Abbi

    Great picks!

  3. giorge thomas

    What’s with you and MMc? Some great pics here. Love Juno (even though I find the topic kind of depressing) and love, love Lars. Great alternate rom-com, that one!

    Speaking of Rom-Coms – you might want to check out Save The Date; seems like another good RC alternative.

    • MMc is just awesome! He is in the form of his life at the moment, and I’m even partial to his naff rom coms! I don’t think I’ve seen Save the Date, I’ll check it out!

  4. Nice choices, especially I love you man!

  5. Matthew Ryan

    Valentine’s Day is never a great one for a movie lover… but some great suggestions you have here! I’ll see if my girlfriend would be willing to watch (500) Days of Summer 😉

  6. Lots of my favorites on here, especially Silver Linings Playbook and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind!

  7. rtimmorris

    I’ve seen ALL of these and Eternal Sunshine + 500 Days are easily two of my favorite films ever. Nice picks.
    Love the Before Sunrise trilogy, though upon multiple viewings I’d have to say Sunset (#2) is my favorite of the three.
    Silver Linings was much, much better than I thought it would be, though I have to say the ending made me angry. Just a little too squeaky clean for me.
    Where’s High Fidelity on this list?? I would also suggest “The Hottest State” and “Rocket Science”, two very underrated movies filled to the brim with heartbreak.

  8. My Valentines day turned out successful this year. Why? Because I decided to watch Silver Linings Playbook for the first time, and my girlfriend agreed with the choice. Turned out to be quite awesome. As for the rest of your list, glad to see the legendary Matthew McConaughey making it.

  9. Tom

    Very solid list dude. Can’t disagree with any choice here, although I’ve yet to check out How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Given McConaughey’s level of acting these days, it might be fun to go back to that and get some perspective on where he’s been.

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