Valentine’s day may have passed, but love is still in the air. This rainy weekend, stay warm inside, cuddle up with your loved one (or yourself!) and watch these films on Netflix. Whether you’re into mindless rom-coms or existential meditations on love, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy!
Set It Up
Romantic comedies made a comeback last year with this Netflix original. Two overworked employees, Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell), try to get their bosses Kirsten (Lucy Liu) and Rick (Taye Diggs) off their backs by setting them up with each other. Harper and Charlie scheme together and plan dates for their bosses, but find themselves growing fond of each other instead. This cute rom-com takes a familiar trope and revitalises it with updated gender politics and modern concepts of dating in the 21st century.
Two Weeks Notice
Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant. Need I say more? These rom-com veterans respectively play environmental lawyer Lucy Kelson and billionaire George Wade. Lucy despises George and everything he stands for; however, Lucy begrudgingly begins to work for George in an effort to save her neighborhood’s community center. When George grows increasingly dependent on Lucy for the tiniest decisions, Lucy becomes exasperated and gives her two weeks notice. However, she turns jealous when sees George working with her replacement and soon regrets her decision to leave.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Nick (Michael Cera) can’t get over his ex-girlfriend Tris. Meanwhile, Tris’ friend Caroline and her friend Norah (Kat Dennings) meet Nick at a club, where Nick and Norah hit it off. Nick and Norah’s evening gets more interesting by the hour when they embark on a journey with Nick’s bandmates to find a drunk Caroline. While following clues that lead to Caroline, they keep running into Tris and her new boyfriend. As the evening comes to an end, Nick and Norah are left to confront their feelings for each other. Set in New York with the most indie soundtrack you could imagine, this movie is a charming time capsule of 2008, the year we all long to go back to.
The Incredible Jessica James
Jessica James is a struggling playwright in New York City who teaches at a children’s theatre workshop. After a bad breakup, Jessica goes on a Tinder date that does not end well. Jessica’s friend then sets her up on a blind date where she makes an unlikely connection with a divorced app designer who does not seem like her type at all.
Feeling neglected by her husband who is on a trip, Sarah (Riley Keough) embarks on a road trip with her daughter and her best friend Mindy (Jena Malone). Sarah and Mindy’s relationship shifts after an intense night, before Mindy leaves the next day. Years later, Sarah and Mindy reunite for Mindy’s wedding. Sarah tries to reconnect with Mindy in the days leading up to the wedding, however it may be too late for them to get back what they had that night. This movie is a poignant, intimate portrait of longing and quiet love.
Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is a lonely writer who is plagued by memories of his ex-wife he is unable to get over. When Theodore purchases a brand-new operating system, he is surprised to find himself forming a romantic relationship with his OS. Spike Jonze’s unconventional love story, set in a red-hued, pastel-colored future, raises questions about the nature of love and relationships and the ways in which technology can at once connect and isolate us.
Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) is a small-business owner with anxiety issues. Overwhelmed by his overbearing sisters, Barry leads a lonely life and is often overcome by fits of rage. One day, Barry receives a harmonium that sparks a change in his life, and embarks on a romantic journey with his sister’s coworker Lena (Emily Watson). When his newly-formed relationship is threatened by thugs who try to blackmail him, Barry does everything he can to protect the woman he loves. Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece is a flurry of colors, music, and intense emotions. Unlikely lead Adam Sandler surprises with his emotional depth and the ever-perfect Emily Watson is a pleasure to watch in this film about, as cheesy as it may sound, the power of love.