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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Date Movies

P.S. I Love You? The perfect date movie for the holiday season?


The best date movie out right now is Juno, and I'll tell you why: It's brilliantly written by Diablo Cody, who also writes a blog called The Pussy Ranch (so, clearly, she's brilliant). You and your date should be laughing (or at least chuckling) approximately every sixty seconds throughout the entire movie — except towards the end when you might actually shed a tear for Juno, the pregnant-at-sixteen heroine. Here's a tip: If your date doesn't get the humor, you shouldn't be dating him/her. If you don't get the humor, well, I guess you shouldn't be dating me.

I never really got why mushy love stuff is supposed to make a good date movie, at least when the dating is just getting off the ground. The first few dates are awkward enough without some Hollywood rendition of love being shoved down your throats in Dolby surround sound.

That said, I think it's far worse to go to a horrible date movie — a coworker told me yesterday that she went on a first date to see David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. There wasn't a second date. So, in an effort to help you, my fair readers, here's a link to's 50 best date movies. You're not going to see P.S. I Love You among the titles, because is too nervy for that. Instead, you'll see titles like Barbarella, The Jerk, Moonstruck and Heathers alongside more romantic choices like Say Anything, Before Sunrise and Casablanca.

What are your favorite date movies? You can leave comments anonymously, just make up a name and skip the email field.

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