• Melissa Kartini

5 Must-Watch Romance Movies for Valentine's Day

Updated: Aug 6, 2018


If there is anything that can get your mood going for romance, it is Valentine’s Day. Admit it, even the most apathetic of you might feel the slightest stirrings when you see and hear that much anticipated day being talked about left and right.


So to satiate those stirrings of yours, I’ve gone ahead and gathered five romantic movies for your viewing pleasure. Nothing quite like a quiet day in watching chick flicks, amirite?


Clueless

If there is a movie that absolutely every teenager (and even adults!) has to watch, it has got to be “Clueless”.


Loosely based on Jane Austen’s beloved classic “Emma”, “Clueless” is jazzed up to modern day Beverly Hills. It centers around the life of Cherilyn “Cher” Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone), who is a kind, if somewhat spoiled, high school girl just a few months shy from 16 years old. Her goal throughout the majority of the film is to play matchmaker and to improve the lives of others- both acts of which lead to hilarious, heart-melting and for some, heartbreaking situations.


If you’re looking for a light-hearted film that has plenty of laughs and sass in it, then “Clueless” might just be the one for you.


You’ve Got Mail

With Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as the stars of this, do you really need any other reason to give it a watch? Inspired by the play, Parfumerie, by Miklós László, “You’ve Got Mail” is a story about two business rivals who are unaware that they are involved in an online romance with each other. In real life, there is no love lost between Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan), the owner of an independent children’s bookstore, and Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), a man who belongs to the family that owns a chain of mega bookstores.


In the online world, things cannot be more different. The pair hold a mutual affection for each other, and are always looking forward to responses from the other. It is as though it’s a match made in heaven.


Can their love hold true when they learn of each other’s true identities, though? Watch to find out.


13 Going on 30

Undoubtedly one of Jennifer Garner’s best films, “13 Going on 30” is a fun, light film that is so full of heart that you cannot help but to keep watching it. And of course, root for Garner’s character, Jenna Rink.


Jenna Rink is a gawky 13-year-old girl who wants nothing more to be popular. And the only way she can do it is by getting an in with the ruling school clique. In fact, she goes as far as to do their homework to get them to attend her birthday party. Which is always an advisable thing to do, of course.


After an unexpected turn of events that essentially grants Jenna her dearest wish, she wakes up in a gorgeous Fifth Avenue apartment- and finds out that her dream has come true. The only thing? She’s no longer 13, she’s 30. At first, Jenna is baffled, but as she discovers all the gleaming things that await her, she is overjoyed—until she isn’t. Is it possible that what she wished for isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be?


10 Things I Hate About You

The modernisation of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”, “10 Things I Hate About You” is another one of those films that teenagers should give a watch.


“10 Things I Hate About You” is about two sisters, Kat (Julia Stiles) and Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), who aren’t allowed to date- at least, not until the older of the two does. It is a rule that was set by their overprotective father, Walter (Larry Miller), who believes that due to Kat’s antisocial nature, both of his girls will stay untouched until they graduate- just like he had planned.


But thanks to Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a particularly smitten and determined boy who wishes to date Bianca, a chain of events is triggered that eventually leads to the school’s bad boy, Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger), trying to win Kat’s heart. All because he had been paid to do so. It is a recipe for disaster, for sure, but is it possible that a happy ending is in the cards for Patrick and Kat?


Let Me Eat Your Pancreas

And because we need to show Asian films some love too, here is a Japanese one that gained a lot of popularity when it was released last year: “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas”.


Ahh, sounds like a horror film, doesn’t it? Despite its horrific title, “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas” is a deceptively beautiful story that will keep you glued to the screen from the beginning to the end. If you don’t believe me, give the following summary a read and if it piques your interest, give it a watch.


“Let Me Eat Your Pancreas” is about the main character and narrator, “I” (Takumi Kitamura & Shun Oguri), and Sakura Yamauchi (Minami Hamabe). The tale begins with the narrator reminiscing his past, where he recalls the memory of a girl, Sakura, he used to know in high school, and how he had gotten to know her. It had all started when he accidentally picked up and read her diary, which details her struggle with a pancreatic disease. And despite being stoic and stand offish, the lad offered the bright, rambunctious lass support in the only way he knew how: by being there for her. Outside of her own family, he is the only person she has got, after all.


Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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