If there’s one occasion guaranteed to have Cupid sharpening his cosmic darts, it’s St Valentine’s Day. While lovers the world over will express their innermost feelings with gifts, this time of year can be tinged with regret for those singles who don’t have anyone to share the romance with. The solution is simple. If you’ve ever considered taking advantage of online dating, now’s a perfect time. So many people are gravitating to this form of socializing you are guaranteed to be introduced to a cross-section of like-minded individuals. Getting to know prospective partners can be straightforward – all you have to do is drop messages and start building a rapport. With that in mind, you could always invite them to participate in a pastime enjoyed by courting couples for generations – watching a movie together. St Valentine’s Day is the most expected party for couples, and askme4date knows which romantic films are the best choice to watch together on this holiday.
The Big Sick (2017)
Directed by Michael Showalter, an actor, writer, and former sketch show performer, The Big Sick tells the story of a Pakistani stand-up comedian, Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) who bumps into a graduate, Emily (Zoe Kazan) at one of his shows. The story commences by poking fun at the culture clash between their respective Muslim and traditional American backgrounds. But when Emily winds up in a coma, a touching bond develops between Kumail and her parents.
A Star is Born (2018)
Although there have been four versions of this love story, this modern take, starring Bradley Cooper as Jackson and Lady Gaga as Ally, is the one most perfect for Valentine’s Day. Ally is a struggling artist; Jackson is a more successful musician. They fall for each other, but while Jackson is helping Ally strive to fulfill her dreams, he must battle his alcoholism. This sense of conflict and its eventual resolution, set against a backdrop of the uplifting music, will entertain you and your partner on this special day.
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
The reason this title is tailor-made for Valentine’s Day is that its central theme is dating online. Reuniting the two stars whose on-screen chemistry sparkled in Sleepless in Seattle, this is a love story centred on opposites attracting. On the surface, Joe (Tom Hanks), whose corporate business is all about swallowing minnows, and Kathleen (Meg Ryan), who runs an independent book store, would automatically clash. They start dating via a matchmaking website, unaware of their backgrounds.
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50 First Dates (2004)
Adam Sandler, familiar as a star of screwball comedies, plays Henry, a marine vet, who falls for Lucy (Drew Barrymore), an art teacher. Unfortunately, Lucy suffers from short-term memory loss, meaning Henry has to continually court her, then start from scratch.
Eat, Pray, Love (2010)
Ryan Murphy, the writer behind a string of hits (Glee, Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story) helms this movie starring one of the leading romantic actresses, Julia Roberts. Here she stars as Elizabeth, whose contented world comes crashing down when it dawns on her that her marriage is not that perfect at all, and her life needs to go off in a more fulfilling tangent. Her attempt to discover her true destiny leads her on a meandering path across the world, with many entertaining adventures en route.
Friends with Benefits (2011)
A box office smash when it was first released, this movie charts the relationship between Jamie (Mila Kunis), a headhunter, who secures Dylan (Justin Timberlake) a prestigious position with GQ Magazine. They become firm friends, but when they agree to add the ‘with benefits’ part to their chemistry, the age-old dilemma (memorably portrayed in the hit movie When Harry Met Sally) rears its ugly head: can friends remain close after they have let their emotions run away with themselves and slept together?!
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
One of the ultimate St Valentine’s Day features, this title undoubtedly needs little introduction. Based on a novel of the same name that became a bestselling phenomenon, Fifty Shades focuses on an affair between Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) and the successful businessman she initially sets out to interview, Christian (Jamie Dornan). Although inexperienced, Anastasia is drawn into Christian’s intense world of desire.
After you’ve connected with someone special and started a relationship online, you’ll want to continue your courtship in the offline environment. Each year on February 14th, stationers offer designs bearing love hearts to accompany gifts in colourful wrapping. Romance is always in the air, and couples might celebrate their love by sharing a candlelit meal, toasting their relationship with bubbly wine. Any of the above movies would make an ideal conclusion for your joint celebrations, so why not round off your St Valentine’s Day by snuggling on a couch and getting engrossed in the action?