If you are uncoupled, Valentine’s Day can sting. But don’t let this annual Singles Awareness Day get the best of you. There are plenty of films out there to remind you that love can suck, relationships can fail and sometimes independence is the most fulfilling feeling.
So if you are single AF, bust out the wine for one, and check out 7 anti-Valentine movies to stream this weekend.
How To Be Single
This hilarious 2016 girl-power rom com will help you embrace your independence and realize just how much you wish we could be friends with Rebel Wilson in real life. After four years of college, young Alice (Dakota Johnson) decides she needs a break from her long-term boyfriend Josh. Excited and ready for new challenges, the eager grad moves to New York to take a job as a paralegal. Helping her navigate her way through an unfamiliar city is Robin (Wilson), a fun-loving, wild co-worker who enjoys partying and one-night stands. With Robin as her freewheeling guide, Alice can now learn how to get free drinks, meet men and enjoy the single lifestyle. Trust us, we are taking notes!
Under the Tuscan Sun
Based on Frances Mayes' 1996 memoir of the same name, this 2003 film proves that just because you’ve had your heart broken, you can find peace and happiness again if you seek it out. Diane Lane plays Frances, a San Francisco writer whose seemingly perfect life takes an unexpected turn when she learns that her husband has been cheating on her. The divorce — and the loss of her house to her ex-husband and his much-younger, pregnant new partner — leaves her depressed and unable to write. Her best friend Patti (Sandra Oh), a lesbian who is expecting a child, is beginning to think Frances might never recover. She urges Frances to take an Italian vacation to Tuscany using the ticket she purchased before she became pregnant. At first, Frances refuses, but after another depressing day in her gloomy apartment, she decides that it's a good idea to get away for a while.Through a series of serendipitous events, she becomes the owner of a lovely yet dilapidated villa in beautiful Tuscany. Frances begins her new life with the help of a variety of interesting characters and unusual but gentle souls. Later, she is visited by the now very pregnant Patti, whose partner Grace has left her. It’s a beautiful film about love, loss, friendship and inner self-worth.
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Break-ups suck, but leave it to Jennifer Anniston and Vince Vaughn to make their's hilarious. The 2006 film follows a couple in Chicago who — after two years together — begin to unravel. Art dealer Brooke Meyers feels not appreciated and neglected by her immature boyfriend Gary Grobowski, who is partner with his two brothers in a tourism business, and decides to break up with him to make Gary miss her. He misunderstands her true intentions, and both follow the wrong advice of family members and friends, beginning a war of sexes with no winner. Life imitated art, as Aniston and Vaughn began dating in real life after meeting on set. The couple quickly became a fixture on the tabloid scene and ultimate went through their own break up in November 2016.
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My Bloody Valentine
This 2009 slasher may take place on the romantic holiday, but this film is anything but warm and fuzzy. The bloody blockbuster is set in the mining town of Harmony, where a drilling accident is caused by the son of the owner, Tom Hanniger (Jensen Ackles). The mine collapses, burying six miners alive. The rescue team finds only one man named Harry Warden alive, but in coma, and the other miners murdered by his pickax, and they conclude that Harry killed them to save oxygen for himself. On Valentine's Day, Harry awakes from his coma in the local hospital, and he kills 22 people, including a group of teenagers that are partying in the mine. Harry is killed by the deputy, leaving only a few survivors, including Tom.
Ten years later, Tom returns to Harmony after the death of his father, and a maniac in a miner’s mask strikes again. We won’t spoil the rest but expect lots, and we mean lots of gore, enough to get your mind off any would-be Valentine that didn’t pan out. If you can stomach it, make it a double feature, and watch the 1981 original film and then remake.
Dan In Real Life
Proving it’s not just women who can get down on the single life, the 2007 film follows Steve Carell as Dan Burn, a lonely, widowed newspaper advice columnist with three daughters, living in Northern New Jersey. While on a family trip, Dan meets a lovely woman named Marie (Juliette Binoche) at a bookstore and starts to feel like he can open is heart again, only to find out she is actually dating his brother Mitch (Dane Cook) who is known for his carefree, bachelor ways. Dan is disheartened, to say the least and wants to give up on love forever. But like he tells the readers of his column, instead of merely planning ahead in life, "plan to be surprised." Watch what happens when he takes his own advice.
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If you are more the Galentine’s type than the Valentine’s type, this raunchy road trip flick is a must-see. The film follows four best friends, the "Flossy Posse" who have grown distant over the years. When lifestyle guru Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall), who is dubbed "the next Oprah," is offered an opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, she decides to bring along her friends to turn her work vacation into a girls' trip. Joining Ryan is Sasha (Queen Latifah), an ex-journalist from Time Magazine who now owns a floundering gossip site and is struggling financially; Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), a nurse and uptight mom who has not had a boyfriend since her divorce years earlier and Dina (Tiffany Haddish), a happy-go-lucky, impulsive party animal who was fired after assaulting a co-worker shortly before the trip. And naturally, naughty hi-jinx ensure. Sticking with the girl power theme, Girls Trip, directed by Malcolm D. Lee and written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, marked the first time a film written by an African-American female screenwriter crossed the $100 million mark at the box office.
500 Days Of Summer
The world is made up of two kinds of people: Toms and Summers. In this brutally honest film, Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) a greeting-card writer and hopeless romantic, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer (Zooey Deschanel), suddenly dumps him, although he should have seen it coming as she never really believed in love and relationships in the first place. He reflects on their 500 days together to try to figure out where their love affair went sour, and in doing so, Tom rediscovers his true passions in life.