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Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Movie List

Because tomorrow is Valentine's Day, I thought I would share with you my list of not completely-obvious Valentine's Day movies. These movies just make me happy, and they're perfect to snuggle up with your honey and watch together. As a bonus, they're all rated PG, so you don't have to worry about any awkward moments. Can you think of a movie that should have made my list? Leave a comment with your favorite Valentine's Day movies, and tomorrow, we'll have a vote to determine the best one!

1. Leap Year
This is the most recent of the movies I'm recommending. When I first rented this movie, I was afraid it was going to be dumb and slapsticky. I found it instead to be completely charming and lovely. I can't get enough of Matthew Goode asking for a bit of mercy in his Irish accent. Love, love this movie.

2. Win a Date With Tad Hamilton
I know, I know. The name alone sounds so stupid. I thought it would be a huge waste of my time to even watch this movie, but I was wrong. My husband even loves it. Topher Grace delivers a wonderful deadpan humorous performance and seeing his scrawny little body next to Josh Duhamels, uh, not scrawny little body is just so funny.

3. That Thing You Do
Warning: These songs will be stuck in your head for a week. But they're all awesome, so it's really not a problem. While not technically classified as a "romantic comedy," this still has a sweet romantic element to it. I love Steve Zahn correcting someone who calls their group "The O-need-ers" (it's spelled Oneders, as in Wonders) by saying, "Hey, that's O-ned-ers to you."

4. Penelope
You can't get much sweeter than this movie about a girl who discovers true love while having a pig's nose. I've even forgiven the movie makers for casting James McAvoy (who is SO not attractive). You get over it by the end.

5. Strictly Ballroom
I believe this was the first movie done by Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrman (who also did Moulin Rouge, which I absolutely hate. I thought everyone involved in that movie was on drugs). If you love ballroom dancing and Australian accents and way over-the-top hair, you will love this ugly-duckling-turns-into-swan-movie. This is the first movie I saw after my mission, and as soon as it was over, I rewound it (yes, this was in the days of the VHS tape) and watched it again. One of my all-time favorite movies.

So, there you have it. Something a little different for Valentine's Day. If you have any other favorite movies to add, please let me know in the comments!

1 comment:

Annie Hatala said...

Two of my most favorite love stories of all time are foreign films, and therefore not rated. I'm pretty sure they're not PG, but definitely worth watching!

The first is Amelie, which is a really charming French film (don't be scared; subtitles make you smarter!) about a shy and quirky girl, a boy, and a garden gnome who brings them together.

The second movie is an early Hugh Grant movie called Impromptu. It's my favorite romantic comedy of all time. It depicts the true love affair between French novelist George Sand (that was her nom de plume) and Polish composer Frederic Chopin. If you love Judy Davis, Julian Sands, Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, Emma Thompson, or Hugh Grant, then you will be in heaven!