Ah, Valentine’s Day. A day that romantics live for … and the rest of us are convinced is a ploy by restaurants, flower shops, jewelers, chocolatiers and card companies to get a revenue boost each February.
No matter what your feelings about Valentine’s Day are overall, by the time February 14 actually rolls around, you still might be OVER seeing pink and red and hearts and Cupids everywhere for weeks on end.
If so, one of these 6 movies might help you counter the mushiness.
The Break-Up – It might be obvious from its title, but this one isn’t about two people finding everlasting love. Rather, it depicts the aftermath of a failed relationship — which its stars Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn might know a little something about, as they dated during production but then broke up not long after the film’s release.
War of the Roses – In this tale of a marriage gone horribly awry, Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner play the wealthy Roses, who escalate their divorce battle by trying to sabotage, torment and, well, kill each other. Danny DeVito is their divorce attorney, who watches his clients’ ugly behavior with alarm — and comes to realize that money certainly can’t buy happiness.
Closer – I have to admit that this is one of my least favorite movies ever because it is just so darn depressing. But that’s what makes it perfect as an anti-Valentine’s Day pick! It follows Julia Roberts, Clive Owens, Jude Law and Natalie Portman as they hook up, break up, make up and cheat on each other.
Blue Valentine – Here’s another depressing movie starring pretty people! This time it’s Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, whose tumultuous relationship we see build and dissolve as the film jumps around in time and pieces together exactly what happened. Its sad, sad ending will have you cursing out Cupid.
(500) Days of Summer – The time-hopping continues as we follow Tom’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) courtship with Summer (Zooey Deschanel) — all 500 days of it, out of order. Spoiler alert: this movie wouldn’t be on this list if everything worked out for them…
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Sometimes two people just aren’t meant to be together, even though it might initially seem like they’re a perfect pair, in an “opposites attract” sort of way. That’s the moral of this groundbreaking film starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, who play a couple that loved each other deeply, but had such a devastating breakup that they each undergo a memory wipe to ease the pain.
What others would you recommend for an anti-Valentine’s Day movie night?