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Column: The perfect Netflix pick for every Valentine’s date

zach goins

Ah, love is in the air! 

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s time to plan the perfect date. If you think they might be the one, it might earn them a trip up to Franklin Street for a nice dinner, but as college students, we’re all ballin’ on a budget, so that’s about as good as it’s gonna get. 

So, if you’re trying to treat that special someone to a night they won’t forget but not break the bank, then this one’s for you. As most college “dates” tend to go, it’ll probably end with a little Netflix and chilling, but what to watch? With so many options to pick from, how do you know which one will set the right mood? As long as you and your Valentine know what you are, then we’ve got you covered!

For the Awkward First Date

The ‘Flix on the first date can be a crucial decision. You’ve got to strike the perfect balance between something interesting but not too involved. Something where it’s alright if you miss a few scenes because you’re talking and busy ~falling in love~. You can’t be too invested in the movie and forget that your date is even in the room, so you need to go with something light, like a rom-com or a classic everyone’s seen. 

Suggestions: “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” “Set It Up,” “Beauty and the Beast

For the Long-Term Partner

At this point in your relationship, you’re comfortable enough with each other to really dive into a movie and actually focus on it. It’s OK if you’re not whispering, giggling and making out the whole time – you know the love is still there. Now, the cinematic world has been opened up to you, and the entire Netflix catalog is at your disposal!

Suggestions: “The Theory of Everything,” “Carol,” “The Lobster

For the Casual Hook Up

Again, this is another category where you’re not gonna want to turn on anything too serious. You both know this probably won’t lead to anything; it’s just a one time Valentine’s date. Let’s be real, you both know why you’re here. Keep things from getting too deep, let your Netflix define the relationship for you and keep it simple with a good ol’ raunchy rom-com.

Suggestions: “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” “The Switch,” “I Love You, Man

For the Friend with Benefits

These picks are for something that’s been going on for a while. You’re comfortable enough with each other to keep coming back for more, so unlike your relationship, your movie taste can take the next step. They won’t keep you from getting down to business, but if you want to hang around and see how they end, they’re worth the watch – and may convince you two to finally DTR.

Suggestions: “Sleeping with Other People,” “A Cinderella Story,” “Love, Rosie” 

For the Solo Night In

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to mean finding a date and going out on the town. If you’re staying in and looking for a movie or two to get you in your feels, there are plenty of options. Sometime you just need a good cry, and these films are guaranteed to get you sobbing. Trust me, if you’re an ugly crier, you wouldn’t want to watch them on a date anyway.

Suggestions: “Her,” “The Spectacular Now,” “Blue Is the Warmest Color


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