What Movies Did You Watch for Valentine’s Weekend?

I love rom coms, and while I often return to familiar favorites, I tried out two new-to-me movies with Megan over the romantic weekend: To All the Boys: Always and Forever (Netflix)I Feel Pretty (Hulu).

To All the Boys: Always and Forever is the third movie in a high-school romance trilogy. I really liked the first movie, wasn’t all that high on the sequel, but I really enjoyed part 3. I found it funny and charming, and there were a number of times when it broke rom com tropes thanks to what real people might actually say or do (opposed to rom com people, who all too often do completely unrealistic things for the sake of drama).

These movies and the books they’re based on are written by Jenny Han, who went to the same high school as me (one year ahead of me). Our high school was nothing like the high school in the To All the Boys series, which adds an extra level of amusement for me.

I Feel Pretty is an Amy Schumer film released in 2018. The Rotten Tomatoes description sums it up well: “An ordinary woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis wakes from a fall believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet.”

I like Amy Schumer’s comedy, and I was pleasantly surprised by a choice made for the film: In a few similar films, when the person suddenly becomes “super attractive,” a different actor steps in to fill that role or they undergo a dramatic makeover. Which is kind of counter to the lesson of these movies, right? But that’s not the case in I Feel Pretty, as Amy Schumer plays herself throughout the movie. Plus, it passes the Bechdel Test, which awesome.

I’d recommend both of these movies. What do you think of them, and/or what did you choose to watch over the Valentine’s weekend?

2 thoughts on “What Movies Did You Watch for Valentine’s Weekend?”

  1. Watched two movies:

    1. The Little Things (Denzel Washington) – A thriller that got mixed reviews. It was one that we could agree on as a couple since we’d both had in our mental to watch lists. Moved a little slowly at times and a few scenes reminded me a little of Seven. Unless you’re a huge thriller or Denzel fan, you can likely pass on this one.

    2. Paris Can Wait (Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard) – A rom com with older actors! I found this one to be a fun watch. It might be due to the fact that the main story line revolved around what was supposed to be a 7 hour car ride, that turned into a 2 day sightseeing trip with little detours here and there. The adventure of a road trip spoke to me as I have remained fairly close to home during COVID. Enjoy life!

    NEXT UP: Judas and the Black Messiah – about the Black Panther party and Fred Hampton. Watched a few documentaries about the Black Panthers this summer and I am interested in seeing this one.

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  2. Friday/Saturday – we watched the second and third movies in The Hobbit trilogy. We thought the trilogy as whole was decent, but it probably would have been better served as two really tight movies rather than three. (we might be in the minority on that opinion.)

    Sunday – we watched Silence of the Lambs. Why watch it on Valentine’s Day of all days? Because it was the 30th anniversary of it’s release date. And it’s my favorite movie of all time. (not quite as romantic as the Valentine’s Day my wife and I saw Pan’s Labyrinth, but what can you do…?)

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