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6 Movies To Watch On Valentine's Day That Aren't The Notebook

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01/17/2017 1:18 pm
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6 Movies To Watch On Valentine's Day That Aren't The Notebook
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Jen Retter

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Put your feeling towards shirtless Ryan Gosling aside and face the truth: watching the The Notebook on Valentine’s Day is overrated.

This is mainly due to the fact that The Notebook is played every time anything remotely romantic is happening. Valentine’s Day? All day marathon. The Royal Wedding? You guessed it. Kanye’s proposal to Kim? …Let’s just watch it anyway.

And though it’s not a bad movie, the plot line isn’t much to write home about. Replace Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling with normal-looking people, and you have a glorified version of your grandparent’s courtship.

But aside from being simply overrated, The Notebook just isn’t for everyone. Play it for a group on Valentine’s Day and you’ll have half of the room reevaluating their relationships and the other half wishing there was a Notebook drinking game (Is there?) If you’re looking for a movie more tailored to your Valentine’s Day needs, refer to one or more of the following:

1. For the I’m-just-the-friend-but-I’m-trying-to-be-more-than-just-the-friend Valentine:

When Harry Met Sally (1989).

Though When Harry Met Sally is a timeless romantic comedy, it seems to be overlooked by most chick-flick lovers. Perhaps that’s because it has all of the romantic charm of The Notebook, without being sappy or exaggerated. It’s the perfect blend of cute and comedy; even romcom haters can appreciate the intelligent humor and well-developed characters. And, if the holiday has you feeling friend-zoned, When Harry Met Sally proves that the best relationships start as friendships.


For the Recently-heartbroken Valentine:

500 Days of Summer (2009).

Despite it’s originality, 500 Days of Summer is often overshadowed by every Nicholas Sparks’ love story. The independent film gained attention for not following the typical “girl + boy = happy” formula (much like an updated version of Annie Hall). A realistic portrayal of relationships and breakups, 500 Days of Summer calls for both laughs and cries. But the ending will leave you feeling hopeful, even if you’re as pessimistic as Tom Hansen.

Oh, and to top it all off, 500 Days of Summer stars the adorkable Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, and has an awesome soundtrack.

3. For the I’m-so-in-love-and-I’m-not-ready-to-give-up-watching-The-Notebook Valentine:

Juno (2007).

Try out something a little bit quirkier. If you’re a college student, Juno is probably a much more realistic depiction of what your love life is like (maybe minus the pregnancy.) It’s not The Notebook, but adorable nonetheless.

4. For the I’m-confused-but-I’m-putting-myself-out-there Valentine:

She’s Out of My League (2010).

It might not be award-winning, but She’s Out of My League guarantees a few laughs and shows that the “league” system of dating is bogus. If you can get past the sometime-tiresome objectification of the female lead by other male characters, you’ll likely find Jay Baruchel charming as Kirk, an awkward and clumsy gentleman. At the very least, She’s Out of My League might boost your dating confidence.

5. For the I-hate-Valentine’s-Day-but-I’m-trying-to-be-optimistic Valentine:

Up (2009).

The Pixar film Up is not a typical Valentine’s Day film choice, but it will undoubtedly reaffirm your faith in love and give you hope for life after love. If you’ve never seen it, be warned: you’ll be crying within the first five minutes.

6. For couples that are truly in love:

Anything other than a romantic comedy.

If you’re a match made in heaven, you’ve probably realized by now that the need to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II for the 100th time together trumps your mutual indifference towards romcoms.

If you enjoyed this article from Jen Retter, check out more of her work for The Tower HERE!

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