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Emerald Recommends: 5 Rom-Coms to Binge on Valentines Day



It’s here: February 14th has made its dreaded return. Couples are sprouting like flowers in the Spring, and girls everywhere are preparing to DTR (define the relationship) with their significant other—most of whom are blissfully unaware that they are about to be hit with this fateful discussion. All the singles out there, however, are simultaneously trying to escape the onslaught of all things pink, red and heart shaped. Some might choose to champion the singleness and celebrate with a group of friends and a big bottle of wine, while others prefer to crawl into bed and hibernate for the full 24 hours. If you find yourself tempted towards the latter, here are 5 romantic comedies that’ll keep you laughing amidst the tear soaked tissues.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is sure to leave a lasting impression, thanks in part to its clever plot line. Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson star in this brilliantly twisted story in which Benjamin Barry (McConaughey), a bachelor who makes a bet with his buddies, is trying tirelessly to keep a girlfriend for 10 days. Andie Anderson (Hudson), a columnist, is determinedly attempting to do the opposite. Witty and classic, this movie will make your chin hit the floor, and give you some great ideas if you find yourself caught in an unsatisfactory love affair.

Friends With Benefits

What could be more relevant right now than Justin Timberlake? This 2011 film is quite casual and embarrassingly predictable, yet fabulous nonetheless. Mila Kunis, who plays Justin Timberlake’s friend-but-not-for-long, is every guy’s dream girl. She and Timberlake attempt the always-failed relationship that is “just sex.” Of course, they soon come to realize that “just sex” isn’t enough, which sends them down a spiral of complications that are all too relatable to the typical college student.

Crazy Stupid Love

Valentines Day would be even more lame than it already is without a sliver of the beauty that is Ryan Gosling. As the charming player who knows everything about women, Gosling takes Steve Carell, a recently divorced and rather pathetic middle-aged man, under his wing for some serious coaching and an impressive wardrobe makeover. If you’re looking to get back in the game, watch this movie to steal some shallow pointers and see the everybody-knows-everybody ending. Always remember: be better than The Gap. Oh, and make sure to give anyone named David Lindhagen a nice punch in the face.

Can’t Buy Me Love

For all you Grey’s Anatomy lovers out there, this movie brings you Patrick Dempsey circa 1987. He is young, nerdy and on another level of attractiveness. When the hottest girl in school spills red wine on her mom’s pantsuit, Ronald Miller (Dempsey) finds himself willing to loan her $2,000 to buy a replacement outfit. But there’s a catch, Cindy Mancini (Amanda Peterson) has to act as though Ronald is her new boyfriend—this relationship will get him popularity for sure. This movie is wrought with ‘80s style and slang, the perfect love story for your Valentines Day.

Valentines Day

Another movie featuring too many stars to count; most notably Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Bradley Cooper and Jamie Foxx. The title speaks for itself, introducing viewers to a story that follows many singles and couples alike during their Valentines Day activities. With a little something for everyone, this movie won’t leave you disappointed—except that if you’re a straight woman. You’ll most likely be raising your fist at the fact that screenwriters chose to make Bradley Cooper gay (what a sick joke).


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Sarah Urban is an associate A&C editor at the Emerald from San Jose, CA.

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