The Valentine's Day video dilemma

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By Owen Bradbury Aranda

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to watch a movie. While many envision a romantic date with their lover, single people have to endure the holiday as well. Whether you’re on a date, or alone this Valentine’s Day, there’s always a movie to watch. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is the perfect film for a date, while “(500) Days of Summer” makes a good fit for the lonelier viewer.
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” is a great light-hearted, romantic comedy to watch on Valentine’s Day with a sweetheart. Although it doesn’t necessarily stand out from others films in the same genre — in terms of the message it sends about love — it is incredibly funny and will have you laughing the whole way through.
The film illustrates different stages of love, from teenage crushes to the bachelorism of early adulthood to the products of a mid-life crisis. Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone, among others, the film boasts a star-studded cast.
Gosling plays Jacob, the ultimate ladies’ man and is essentially a mentor to Cal (Carell), who needs to regain his “manhood” after he finds out that his wife wants a divorce. Packed with hilarious awkward moments and unforeseen plot twists, the film is funny, sexy and all-around enjoyable.
While definitely not a guy movie, “Crazy, Stupid, Love” isn’t quite a chick-flick either. Don’t worry, men, the film doesn’t just feature beauty shots of Gosling; there are plenty shots of Stone for you to enjoy as well. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is the perfect film for a movie night at home with a date and offers entertainment the whole way through.
For some people, however, being single on Valentine’s Day isn’t easy. The holiday can bring back memories from the past and exacerbate the feeling of having no one, but that doesn’t mean moping around all day is an adequate coping mechanism.
In fact, “(500) Days Of Summer” is one of those movies that is perfect for the lonely or hopeless viewer. This offbeat romantic comedy shows both the pleasure and the pain that love can cause and is one of the few films that is truly honest about the subject.
Starring the Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the Zooey Deschanel, the film is not your average boy-meets-girl romance. Instead, the movie follows the courtship of two people with very different opinions about love.
Everyone who has ever been in love can relate to the story, and the film is almost like a cure for any feelings of regret and loneliness. Although it may bring back memories of someone who was once special, the film shows that some relationships just aren’t meant to be, and that no matter how hard people try to make things work, a heart can never be forced to love. The film offers a reassurance that, although love can cause pain, life goes on.
Whether you’re in a relationship or flying solo, there is something for everyone to watch on Valentine’s Day. Just because you can’t go out to the theatre on a date doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your evening at home with a good movie.