Top 5 Movies to Rent for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day

Good old Valentine’s Day. That time of the year when us men always seem to mentally check out and “forget”, leaving no other option than to quickly rush to Walgreen’s to pick up a box of chocolates (that we end up eating anyways) and a Hallmark card. It’s the thought that counts, so my best advice to you my friends is to spend at least, but no more, than five minutes thinking about what you’ll do for your significant other this February 14.

Assuming you’ve settled on the dinner night out at the steakhouse, you could always take it back home where Netflix will have plenty of silly love movies full of silly people for you two to pick from. Hugh Grant comes to mind. You’re going to need some kind of background image and noise as you *cough* get acquainted. If that’s your modus operandi, it doesn’t matter what movie you pick because you’ll be too preoccupied to notice.

For the lonely people out there, you know who you are. The ones that quickly go home after work in order to avoid eye contact with the numerous doe-eyed, young couples that fill the theme restaurants of your home town. If that’s you, no sense in feeling ashamed. Besides, it’s still a consumerist mechanism to bring up lagging sales after the holiday season, right? Stop at Walgreen’s and buy yourself the box of chocolates– as a matter of fact, throw in a six-pack of beer (or wine if that’s your thing).

Veg Out on V-Day
If by some chance you’re bored and feeling sappy and/or hopelessly romantic, these five movies are not only some of the best of the genre, but also great films that should be on every movie fans checklist. What the hell, there’s always the local bar where you can perch yourself on a stool, hoping to be noticed by someone who has their stuff together…on second thought, you’re better off watching these instead.

Roman Holiday (1953)
Roman HolidayThis one stars two of the biggest icons Hollywood ever had, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn–in her first starring role no less. The young Princess Ann (Hepburn) sneaks away from her palace to avoid her royal duties and runs into the aid of an American news reporter (Peck), who can’t believe how lucky he is to spend intimate time with royalty.

Casablanca (1942)
This is pretty much the grand slam of “romance” movies, mainly because there’s a WWII/Nazi sub-plot that drives the mystery and the acting is second to none. There’s two reasons to watch this movie: Humphrey and Bogart. He is just a bad ass no matter what kind of role he’s in. The overall message of letting go of the past and moving forward, no matter how bittersweet, is timeless.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Silver Linings Playbook

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are the epitome of crazy in this crowd pleasing comedy-drama adapted from the novel by Matthew Quick. After being released from a mental facility, Pat (Cooper), an un-diagnosed bi-polar disorder patient, tries to get his life back on track after savagely beating a co-worker that had an affair with his wife. An unexpected romance sparks between him and Tiffany (Lawrence), who tries to take his attention off of getting back together with his cheating ex-wife.

VertigoVertigo (1958)
Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece stars James Stewart and Kim Novak, in what the American Film Institute calls the ninth greatest film ever made. Hitchock captures the mystical aura of an obsessed love and 1950s San Francisco serves as the perfect backdrop to such a mysterious love story. Scottie Ferguson (Stewart) is hired by an old friend to follow his wife around town due to her suspicious behavior. What Ferguson discovers is his undying obsession with her – a deadly obsession.

Pretty Woman (1990)
Pretty WomanYou could probably skip Netflix and turn on TBS or AMC and have a 1/4 chance of finding this on. It’s one for the 80s/early-90s kids. We had one TV and VCR when I was a wee lad, and this movie made plenty of appearances on the old Zenith tube box. My mom and older sister used to torture me by renting this and Dirty Dancing all the time. I probably watched this as many times as I did any Stallone or Eastwood movie with dad. Ol’ Gray Hair, Richard Gere, picks up a pretty prostitute (Julia Roberts in her first memorable role) to be his fill-in escort at a series of social functions. You guessed it, they end up falling in love.