We live in a pretty busy time and one of the hardest things is spending time together. While it’s easy to turn this into a discussion of social constructs and the lack of communication between individuals, it’s also time to think about one of the great by-products of our busy world – “date night” and date night movies. Even though the week has been hectic, we know we can look forward to at least one night to relax and have fun.
Date night movies are key to making that special night even more memorable because you want a movie that sets a tone or even a mood. Perhaps that’s why romantic comedy (“rom-com”) is so popular with couples who want to have a good time at the movies while still retaining a little romance. This also seems to be changing.
More and more couples are looking for loftier footage than the paint-by-numbers nature of their standard romantic comedy. They appreciate the importance of a film’s subject matter and the conversation that follows, or at least something completely unorthodox. So here are three other movie genres worth checking out when planning your next date night:
1. Horror Movies – You’re right if you think that the idea of watching a horror movie for a special night out with your significant other doesn’t seem like a good idea, at least on the surface. But keep in mind that some of the best horror movies made today happen to have groundings on current social issues that can spark some profound conversations. Other horror movies are just awful movies that are easy to get a taste of, especially if you have an accomplice!
2. Science Fiction – OK. This can be on anyone’s list as nothing more than nerd territory to be avoided at all costs, especially during a date. But for the record, let it be known that 1) nerds got their revenge at least three times; and 2) science fiction was the genre of film and literature that weeded out the greatest minds of all time. If you need a film that broadens your horizons and creates the platform for ideas for discussions and debates, then this is the right one. So ditch the outdated “nerd” categorization and dive into some sci-fi.
3. Musicals – If you still need the romantic leads and comedic interludes but are hungry for some upbeat tunes and phenomenal dance sequences, you might fancy a Humdinger musical. Not only do they have a long history of hugely successful musicals during the “Golden Age” of Hollywood, but recent films have shown a resurgence in the genre’s popularity and ability to still reach new audiences. Who knows? Maybe you’re both ready to sing and dance along!
Date night movies don’t have to be the usual “rom-com” fare. With a little creative thinking, you can make your next date night one for the books.