Django Unchained (2012)
Admittedly, I’m not the biggest movie buff. But that doesn’t mean however, that there aren’t a few exceptional movies that I would recommend for watching on a date.
In my current relationship, Django Unchained was the first movie we ever saw together. Though it may speak to our twisted sense of humour more than anything, Quentin Tarantino’s western masterpiece resonated with us more than most rom coms and chick-flicks that come out these days.
Looking past the blood, guts and excessive profanity, at its heart Django is still a love story, one about a man who would go through hell just to see his wife again.
So whether you’re on your first date or your millionth, Django is the perfect movie to look at your partner and say, “I’d go through all that for you too.”
Happy Gilmore (1996)
I’m going to go off the board with my pick for the perfect date night flick and say Happy Gilmore.
An Adam Sandler movie from before he became intolerable, Happy Gilmore follows a failed hockey player turned pro golfer that falls in love while trying to save his grandmother’s house.
The movie is just one joke after another and can be used as a litmus test for whether your date has a sense of humour or is the kind of terrible person that prefers Grown Ups to a cinematic triumph like Happy Gilmore.
Pretty much if the “mister mister” lady getting crushed by a falling air conditioner doesn’t make your date laugh then the question of whether a second date is in the cards or not has already been answered.
As an added bonus, Happy Gilmore is currently available on Netflix Canada, so start working on tricking a family member into telling you their password now. Combine free entertainment with a willingness to get creative with the food choices and you can find yourself going on a successful date for the right price!
Mad Max is the perfect date movie because it’s a fun, unexpected pick, but also well-loved by the masses, so chances are your date will like it too.
Mad Max has comedy, loads of action and likable characters, and will keep you entertained without having to think too hard.
If your date is going poorly, at least people of all preferences will have some eye candy to take their mind off things, be it man, woman or machine.
If the date is going great and you get a little “distracted,” the plot is simple enough that you won’t miss anything crucial. Without an over-the-top romance to live up to in the film, you can make your own.
If your date doesn’t approve of your movie choice, there probably shouldn’t be a second date anyway.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Picking a date night movie that stars Michael Cera – yeah, some might think that’s a risky move, but I stand by my choice. The film has an incredible cast (Kieran Culkin, Aubrey Plaza, Brie Larson, Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzman, Chris Evans, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and more) and oozes with style.
There’s also the music, which was mostly written by Beck and performed by a number of artists, including Broken Social Scene, Metric, cast members themselves and Beck himself. For songs that were just made for a film, they’re all incredibly catchy and very well-produced and performed.
I had never read the comics that came before the film (and I still haven’t) but I feel like this is probably the best film based on comics ever made, and yes, that includes the modern run of endless high-budget superhero flicks.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is definitely an enchanting film best enjoyed with another.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers is a bullet-riddled and blood-soaked vehicle for both a ham-fisted satire of the way the media portrays criminals and a love story more poignant than it has any right to be.
The film follows Mickey and Mallory Knox: attractive, young, murderous Bonnie and Clyde analogs who leave a trail of destruction across the American Southwest and become media darlings in the process.
Despite the heinous acts they commit throughout the film, Mickey and Mallory are portrayed as two profoundly damaged individuals who are incomplete without each other.
Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis star as Mickey and Mallory, with a strong supporting cast including Tom Sizemore, Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Downey Jr.
The rapid-fire dialogue courtesy of a script by Stone based on a story from Quentin Tarantino has the potential to fill any awkward first-date silences, but due to the film’s extreme violence it might be better to reserve this one for viewing with a long-term partner whose movie preferences you are familiar with.
The Cannonball Run (1981)
What’s not to love about The Cannonball Run? If you or your partner haven’t seen this 1981 car racing film, go and find it immediately. It has cars that are both fun to look at and fun to watch crash, as well as a supercharged all-star cast.
The Cannonball Run isn’t exactly like others of its genre, for the simple reason that its main goal (as far as I’m concerned) was to be the most ridiculous spoof of other car racing movies. Mega-stars such as Burt Reynolds, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Jackie Chan, Jamie Farr, Roger Moore and still others all appear in this film, and so many of them play parodic caricatures of other characters they have played.
The plot isn’t that difficult to follow, so you and your date don’t really have to pay attention (if you know what I mean), but make sure you look up every once in a while to catch a glimpse of some pretty cars and some pretty people doing some pretty stupid things.
Hitch is a classic rom-com with Will Smith starring as Alex “Hitch” Hitchens, a matchmaker for awkward, single men in the thick of Manhattan’s cutthroat dating world. His personal downfall? He’s constantly making a mess of his own love life, pursuing the girl of his dreams but consistently making a fool of himself.
Hitch is a great date night movie for couples looking to break the ice with a good laugh and relatable storyline for both parties. Chances are you’ve had at least one bad date in your life, so watching Hitchens’ failures will make your current date feel like the best one ever.
With its combination of witty humour, relatable scenes and subdued romance, Hitch is a surefire way to break the ice and share some laughs with your special someone this Valentine’s Day.