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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 3, 2014 at 11:16 AM

For the holiday weekend: date movies

Recently, a reader asked me to recommend a few possibilities for a first-date movie, and I was intrigued by the question. (Haven’t heard back as to how the evening went, but here’s hoping a second date is coming right up.) Apparently I was musing out loud, as a colleague promptly told me that on her first evening out with her husband-to-be, they went to Jim Jarmusch’s “Stranger Than Paradise,” and it turned to be a perfect first-date movie (they both loved it). But generally, when you think of date movies, romantic comedies come to mind. I decided to look around the Internet and find a few date-movie recommendations available for streaming; here are a few top picks from various sites:

  • “Hitch” (the 2005 Will Smith/Kevin James comedy), from askmen.com
  • “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (the surreal Charlie Kaufman-scripted comedy from 2004), from About.com Dating
  • “Safety Not Guaranteed” (the 2012 made-in-Seattle rom-com), from io9.com
  • “Casablanca” (you know what this is), from vh1.com
  • “Jerry Maguire” (“You had me at hello”), from xfinity.comcast.net
  • “Casablanca” (again!), from cosmopolitan.com
  • “The Big Lebowski” (the 1998 Coen brothers comedy), from eharmony.com

Hmm. The moral of this story is that “Casablanca” is always a good idea. Otherwise, a couple of off-the-wall choices here, but I wouldn’t say thumbs down to any of these; particularly “Safety Not Guaranteed,” a made-in-Seattle charmer that’ll guarantee some conversation. If anyone’s venturing out on a date to a movie theater this weekend, I’d recommend “Begin Again” (not as good as “Once,” but still reasonably adorable), “Belle,” “Chef,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and “A Hard Day’s Night,” all currently in theaters.

If you’ve got a favorite date movie to recommend, please chime in! Have a great holiday weekend, all.

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When in doubt, “Casablanca.” Here’s looking at you. (AP photo)

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