Dating can be nerve-wracking, to say the least. Taking that special someone to a movie is generally a good way to ensure he or she will have a nice time. However, depending on the box office to supply your local theater with a good date movie is not always a safe bet. Don’t underestimate a nice night in, cuddled up on your couch with a bowl of popcorn, a blanket, and a choice film from the video store. Be on the lookout for one of these gems when choosing what you will rent for the evening.
If you’re looking for something in the black and white variety, give Bringing Up Baby a try. This romantic comedy starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant tells the story of a misguided girl who loses a leopard. At a loss for what to do, she convinces a well-meaning paleontologist to help her find it. The movie chronicles their misadventures, and details exactly how they fall in love with one another.
If your date is made of stronger stuff and enjoys a good spook, stick with the classic Poltergeist. While this film is packed with frights, it also gives you moments of unintentional laughter due to the extremely dated special effects. However, during those moments that are truly hair-raising, you can bet that you and your companion will inch a little closer to each other.
Some ladies and gents find that their type is “different.” Those who look different, speak differently, read obscure books, and listen to little known music. They also enjoy movies that aren’t exactly mainstream. Enter The Science of Sleep, a film about a girl who meets a boy who is a little off-kilter, but who intrigues her and finds his way deep into her subconscious. The Science of Sleep is honest and sweet, but uncomfortable and a bit disturbing, in a soft manner.
The next movie is perfect for those who have established a serious relationship, but just need a night snuggled up together. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is the story of a couple who have recently parted ways. One of them is so upset that she has her ex-boyfriend erased from her memory. Once he realizes what she’s done, he decides to do the same, in retaliation. However, once the process begins, he realizes that the memory of her is all he has left, and that he doesn’t want to lose that last bit of her. Eternal Sunshine will break your heart, but it will bring to mind all the things you love and need about your significant other.
No matter your age or background, there isn’t a person who has a beating heart that won’t appreciate the gentle whimsy of Harvey. Starring Jimmy Stewart and a gigantic invisible bunny, Harvey tells the story of a man who has rejected the harshness of reality, and replaced it with his own interpretation of the world around him. No matter how the date ends, Harvey will leave you with a smile on your face.
Any of these movies would lead to a wonderful ending to your romantic evening!
Stephanie Parker is a preschool teacher/freelance writer, living in Kentucky. She loves to contribute articles to EduBook, a freelance writing site and watch movies and television in her spare time.