5 Films That Will Give You Some Feels This Valentine's Day
Well, it’s that time of the year again, a regular day in February that happens to coincide with the Feast of St. Valentine and with that, comes a wide array of flowers and chocolates or if you are like me, none of that hahaha but a day to either enjoy or dread being single. Alright single ladies, this day is yours. It can be whatever you make it. It can be hanging out with your friends at a bar or club or staying in with your pajamas on and having a movie marathon. With that here are movie suggestions for a nice (and/or emotional) girls’ night this Valentine’s or may I say, Galentine’s Day!
1. To All the Boys I Loved Before, directed by Susan Johnson and starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo
You need not sacrifice your need for romance on this day but embrace your inner hopeless romantic as we find out what happens when high school junior Lara Jean Covey’s love letters are unknowingly sent to her crushes past and present. Will she finally find her true love? This film based on Jenny Han’s 2014 novel of the same name is available on Netflix and its sequel is to be released this Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
2. Crazy, Stupid, Love, directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone
If you are looking for a film about the reality of romantic love look no further as The Office funny man, Steve Carell, Hollywood Prince Charming, Ryan Gosling and the rest of the lovely cast turn the concept of romantic love inside out in this 2011 romantic comedy. What happens to couples after marriage? Can a handsome playboy change his ways? Watch this film to find out. Also, there’s a shirtless Ryan Gosling if you are into that.
3. Love, Simon, directed by Greg Barlanti and starring Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel
Simon Spier is a regular high school student with a secret: he’s gay. When a fellow closeted high school student uses their online forum using a pseudonym to discuss his struggles regarding coming out, Simon decides to reach out and direct message him under the pseudonym, “Jacques.” But when a frenemy’s grand romantic gesture for Abby, one of Simon’s friends, goes awry, Simon is faced with being publicly outed. What will happen to Simon? Will Simon find the companionship he so desires? This film is a coming-of-age story that discusses family, friendship and even romance never seen before on the big screen.
4. Isn’t It Romantic, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson and starring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra and Adam DeVine
Natalie is an architect who lives in a crappy apartment in New York City. From a young age, she has developed a strong dislike towards romantic comedies because of a low self-esteem and being unlucky in love. During an attempted mugging, Natalie is knocked unconscious and wakes up in a dream scenario with her dream career, a really nice apartment and tall, dark and handsome suitor at her beck and call. Natalie soon realizes that her dream scenario is actually a nightmare. What will she do? How will she escape?
5. Love, Rosie, directed by Christian Ditter and starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin,
What happens when two people who have known each other their whole lives don’t know that they have feelings for each other? Does friendship eventually turn into romance? Looking into life’s surprises, will Rosie and Alex end up together?
These films hold a special place in my heart as a hopeless romantic. Romance is not always about the grand romantic gestures or two people falling madly in love and living happily ever after. It’s about incorporating life’s challenges and finding the right person to share your life with. Most romantic comedies end just when the two main characters are together and that’s not a story, we need another version, though those films are great guilty pleasures (see recommendation number 1 and 3). We need to find ourselves relating to the main characters and see that love may not conquer all but it is still a beautiful thing to have and not take for granted.
So ladies, just because you do not have a Valentine, does not mean you should give up on love. Love exists in many ways and your girls are the type of people who are there for you (especially on days like this). Enjoy this Galentine’s Day! And enjoy these films but do not lose yourself in them.