Home-viewing picks for a Valentine’s evening with the girlfriendsby Michelle Medford
Just because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, doesn’t mean you have to be dreading the fact that you’re single. Instead, gather up your unattached gal pals for a movie night together. And even though love is in the air, you have to go for the rom-coms. Skip the mushy stuff and opt for one of these choices instead.
Girl-powered Action: Thelma & Louise
Celebrate BFF-love with this high-speed, gun-slinging duo as they run from the law after a terrible mishap. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon make up the rough-and-tumble pair and bring the movie to life with their perfect chemistry. A pre-fame Brad Pitt cameo doesn’t hurt either.
Not-so-romantic Drama: Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Although there is a romantic thread running through this film, it’s a very tangled one, because sometimes love can be tricky, and sometimes romance can be frivolous. Director Woody Allen swoops you into his quirkily charming narrative filled with beautiful Spanish guitar, and leaves you thankful you weren’t really weaved into the mess.
Un-love Story: Revolutionary Road
This three-time Academy Award nominee is the anti-love story. It’s a brutally honest answer to what happens after the rom-com ends and life takes hold. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as the perfectly-paired but imminently doomed couple. This is not one for the hopeless romantic.
Nostalgic Dramedy: Now and Then
If you’re planning a night with the girls you grew up with, then this is the pick for you. This all-star cast features the story of four women reflecting on the antics and lessons of the summer they realized they were growing up. The story features a 1970s soundtrack you won’t be able to stop yourself from singing along to.
Non-romantic Comedy: Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
This movie is the best alternative to a rom-com if you’re looking for some great laughs. Two best friends go to their high school reunion armed to impress with a stack of elaborate lies, when really they’re both still single party girls. The story takes a hilarious route to a lesson in how lucky you are to have your girls.