It’s that time of year again! If you’re looking to have a low-key night in this year check out these movie suggestions that are perfect for the season. I’ve got something for just about everyone: the romantics, the sweethearts and the rebels too ❤
Dirty Dancing (for the hardcore romantics)
In this coming of age story, Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) spends the summer with her family at a sleepy mountain resort where she meets the alluring Johnny (Patrick Swayze). The two come from wildly different backgrounds, yet sparks fly between them anyway.
It’s sultry, romantic and incredibly memorable. In fact there are few films as iconic as this one.
Everything, Everything (for the sweethearts)
Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is a 17 year old girl who is intelligent, quirky and highly imaginative. She appears to be an average teenager, however she suffers from a rare illness that prevents her from leaving her home. When Olly (Nick Robinson) moves in next door, the two begin a friendship through text messages that blossoms into a romance.
Everything, Everything is a ridiculously cute movie that features an impressive cast. It will make you smile and giggle like an idiot for 96 minutes (trust me). I wrote a full review which you can read here.
The Big Sick (for the rebels)
Comedian Kumail Nanjiani stars as a stand-up comic/Uber drive who falls for grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan). As their relationship deepens, Kumail faces increasing pressure from his traditional parents to marry a Pakistani girl and become a lawyer. Everything comes to a head when Emily becomes gravely ill and Kumail inexplicably finds himself drawn to her side.
This is one that doesn’t follow the conventional romantic path. It’s fresh, honest and hilarious. The fact that Nanjiani wrote the screenplay alongside his actual wife Emily Gordon makes it even better!
13 Going on 30 (for the sweethearts)
Jenna is a naive teenager who longs for the freedom that she is sure adulthood brings. After making a wish she wakes up as a successful 30 year old magazine editor (Jennifer Garner) with the glamorous life she has always dreamed of. The only catch? Her love life isn’t any better in the future and she finds that maybe the guy for her has been there all along in the form of childhood friend Matt (Mark Ruffalo).
I love both Garner and Ruffalo so it’s no wonder that this is one of my all-time favorite romantic comedies. I can’t wait to be “thirty flirty and thriving” like Jenna 😉
Carmen Jones (for the rebels)
Carmen (Dorothy Dandridge) is a seductive woman and the object of many a man’s affection. Although she can have her pick of the litter she becomes fixated on dutiful soldier Joe (Harry Belafonte), a man already betrothed to someone else. Carmen and Joe wind up running away together and though their ending is less than desirable, it’s a beautifully dark film with two of cinema’s brightest stars.
The first time I saw Carmen Jones I was enamored by the magic of Dandridge and Belafonte onscreen together. I think you will be too 😉
Irreplaceable You (for the hardcore romantics)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as a young woman named Abbie whose life is turned upside down when she is diagnosed with cancer. To help her childhood sweetheart (Michael Huisman) cope once she has passed away she sets out to find a new love for him.
This one doesn’t actually release on Netflix until February 16th, but I felt compelled to include it because Mbatha-Raw is always a safe bet! My advice? Stock up on your tissues now.
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What movies do you enjoy watching around this time of year? Please share with me in the comments below!