Sorry romantics, some people really, really hate Valentine’s Day. Usually these people fall into two camps:
1) Those that aren’t in a relationship and don’t need a reminder that they aren’t in one.
2) Those that feel you should be doing something for your significant other all year round and don’t need a commercialized push to show their love.
So what are these people to do when February 14th comes a callin’ and it’s culturally expected that something be done? Do you bow to the pressures of Hallmark and book that last minute dinner reservation or frantically search for a local event that you can hitch your procrastination wagon to? Sure. You could do those things or you can say, “screw it. I’m a Valentine’s Hater and I’m good with that!” Embrace your outsider status. And what better way of settling in to your new found status than by enjoying a few movies that share that philosophy. I thought I’d help you along by suggesting a few films to get you in the mood, but not the romantic one.
1) The Break Up (2006) – I actually made the mistake of taking a girl on a date to this movie. Not. A. Good. Choice. Just because Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn are in it doesn’t mean it’s a cutesy romantic comedy. Far from it. Some of the scenes are funnyish, but it’s the awkward fight scenes that aren’t fun to watch for those in new love.
2) Fatal Attraction (1987) – one night stands that lead to murderous retribution can be romantic right? NO! And that’s the point. Glenn Close pulls out all the creepy, stalker stops as a spurned and obsessed former lover of Michael Douglas. Threats, knives, and poor, poor bunnies. “I’m not going to be ignored!”
3) Notes on a Scandal (2006) – everyone wants somebody, only sometimes you really shouldn’t want a particular person. Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett get caught up in a story of inappropriate desires and manipulation at a private school. No one is a good person in this one
4) Revolutionary Road (2008) – it was exciting to see Titanic lovebirds Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunite, and then you see the movie. Is it a good movie? Yes. Is it easy to sit through? Nope. It’s basically two hours of two people fighting, about what they are, what they were and what they can’t seem to be. I’m sure it resonated with a few people, but not in a “I wish we could be like them” way.
5) Closer (2006) – people are mean, cruel, manipulative, hurtful, and petty, even on the road to what they think they desire. This film by Mike (Working Girl, The Graduate) Nicholas does a great job showing some pretty raw emotions as two couples destroy each other with deceit and lies. It’s pretty fun.
Honourary Mention: War of the Roses (1989) – this is just fun. The over the top end of a marriage and all the destruction, violence and property damage that comes along with it. If you take anything from this movie, don’t eat the patte. “If love is blind, then marriage is like having a stroke.” – Danny DeVito.
Deciding on your favourite romantic movie is probably a little easier. There’s so many great Valentine’s Day movies out there. But, if you want to have a little anti-Valentine’s Day fun, think of those good films that let you enjoy the misery of others. What’s your favourite movie for people who hate Valentine’s Day?