Date Night Movies: The Secret Relationship Saviour
Planning on setting the mood with your partner? Choosing the perfect movie can get tricky and we’ve got some ideas that can level up your date night!
If you’re active on social media, the chances are that you’ve heard about the 2/2/2 rule as the key to ensuring lasting romance. The 2/2/2 rule means that you go out on a date every two weeks, a weekend away every two months, and a week-long holiday every two years with your partner. And what better way to do date night than watch a movie?
According to a 2017 study (Relationship Maintenance: A Review of Research on Romantic Relationships) by Brian G. Ogolsky, doing fun things together like watching a movie can do wonders to improve and sustain a relationship. It improves communication and increases satisfaction for both individuals.
Another study conducted by the University of Rochester in 2013 reveals that watching movies together as a couple and discussing the relationships shown on-screen can cut divorce rates in half. In another study, participants reported feeling closer to their partner when they shared and consumed media together. Consider watching movies for your next date night to spend time with each other and get closer because of it.
So, watching movies on your next date night isn’t just a fun activity but actually has the potential to strengthen your relationship in the long term. Here are some movie suggestions that you can consider adding to make your date night.
Marley and Me
Marley and Me chronicles the journey of Marley, a puppy adopted by couple John and Jenny Grogan (Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston). While on the surface, it seems like your typical story of a dog and his life, Marley and Me, offers something more; an insightful glance into evolving relationships.
"A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor. Give him your heart, and he’ll give you his."
This movie teaches important messages about living in the present and appreciating what you have. Great for animal lovers and those who want to watch an emotional and heartfelt movie.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
A movie that has gained a cult following over the past few years, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind delves into romantic relationships and the power of love. The story follows ex-couple Joel and Clementine, who have chosen to erase their memories of each other. But, just because you don’t have the memories, does it replace the emotions once present?
"You can erase someone from your mind. Getting them out of your heart is another story."
For those who are looking to get into the meaning of love and how relationships work, this is a great movie to watch. As American film critic Christopher Orr states, ‘This is how dreams really look; like reality, only less so.’
A Star is Born
You know a movie is bound to be good when it’s been remade four times, and that’s exactly the case with A Star is Born. The latest adaptation features Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga and has been critically and commercially acclaimed. The story follows Jackson, a famous singer battling addiction, and Ally, a budding singer.
"Look, talent comes from everywhere, but having something to say and a way to say it so that people listen to it, that’s a whole other bag."
A great story with a meaningful message, this movie is great to watch when you’re in the mood for a truly romantic story. If you’re looking for a Bollywood twist, Aashiqui and Aashiqui 2 are loosely based on this movie (prior adaptations and current version).
Jab We Met
An iconic movie that makes a great first-time watch but even a better rewatch, Jab We Met is one of those movies you could never get enough of. Imitiaz Ali’s take on modern love relationships and the meeting of two very different people are refreshing while remaining rooted in conventional romance.
"Jab koi pyaar mein hota hai, toh koi sahi galat nahi hota hai"
As filmmaker Rajeev Masand aptly puts it, ‘it’s a film bursting with the kind of lovely little moments that’ll bring a smile to your face.’
A fast-paced epic period that is already making waves, RRR is the perfect film to plan your date night around. The movie is set in pre-independence India and revolves around the lives of Rama Raju and Bheem. It chronicles their respective fights against the British Raj and Nizam of Hyderabad.
"Your friendship is more valuable than this life"
It’s no exaggeration to say that fans have been waiting for this movie to come out, and if the reviews are anything to go by, the audience should have tissues ready. Three years in the making, RRR is the perfect movie to watch if you’re planning to hit the cinemas on your next date night.