— Connor Allen

Whether celebrating a day of love includes your significant other, your dog or just yourself, instead of fighting your way through the masses of endless lovers, why not take a seat in your own home?

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The comfort of your home can release the agonizing stress of finding something to do on Valentine’s Day. This Saturday night, stay in and watch a movie instead of panicking about that perfect date. Don’t know what movie to watch? Here’s a list of five guaranteed to make your night:

for the lovebirds

You can’t really think of a romantic movie without remembering Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in “The Notebook.” This movie pretty much defined passionate romance for our generation. You have the poor boy who falls in love, the rich girl whose parents don’t approve and the zealous love affair that survives despite it all.

If you have that special someone this year, don’t let the night go to waste. Celebrate with an evening of cuddles and devotion. “The Notebook” reminds us that it is never too late and that true love can overcome any obstacle.

for the singles

Valentine’s can become ridiculously annoying to all the single people out there. Stores take out their most festive pink and red decorations and cover aisles with glimmering hearts. Couples make reservations at restaurants they can’t afford. You just hope Valentine’s Day will end before you feel too bad about yourself.

That is when you pull out the movie “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” The title says it all. Love is just that, crazy and stupid. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is the perfect movie to watch alone. It makes you laugh, feel and hope, and it allows you to criticize love while secretly wishing for its existence in your life.

With the help of memorable actors like Steve Carrell, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore, “Crazy, Stupid, Love” can make your singles Valentine’s Day one to remember.

for the guys

All right, guys, if you don’t have a date this Valentine’s Day, don’t sweat it. This is your chance to celebrate the holiday your own way. You won’t have to worry about the flowers, the candy and, most importantly, the cheesy, romantic movies. Call over a few of your bros, order a ton of pizza and take out one of the most famous action thriller movies, “Die Hard.”

“Die Hard” is not your typical Valentine’s Day movie, and that’s the beauty of it. You can indulge yourself in an evening full of blood, guns and Bruce Willis. Your neighbors may not be too keen on your sporadic “Die hard!” yells, but oh well, it’s just one night.

for those who want reality

A lot of people hate Valentine’s Day. “It’s a corporate holiday that only exists for cheesy couples,” they say. Well, realists, I have a movie for you. It’s called “(500) Days of Summer.”

“(500) Days of Summer” is so brutally honest that by the end of it you won’t be able to decide whether you love it or hate it. “(500) Days of Summer” informs you, first thing, “This is not a love story.” That said, with its quirky, off-beat humor, it will still warm your heart. You find yourself understanding the reasons behind a break-up, even though some of the reasons are tough to take. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt turn a heartbreaking situation into an hour and a half of laughs, tears and dreams.

for those who need a good cry

Remember when you said you weren’t going to cry this Valentine’s Day? Well, throw that idea out the window. Nothing is wrong with letting out some tears, and “P.S. I Love You” will help you do just that.

“P.S. I Love You” shows that grief can become a tremendously heavy burden to carry, but that love can still survive. Not to mention, it reminds you that there are still people out there who care about you even if your love has gone away.

Following the romantic story of Holly and Gerry, whose love story ends too soon, the movie embarks on Holly’s fateful journey to regain her lost confidence. After the tragic death of her husband, Gerry, she has to relearn who she is with the help of his strategic love letters. Actors Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler do a fantastic job and make their characters’ love seem real.

Do yourself a favor, and shed a few tears. Let all those bottled-up emotions out and don’t feel ashamed.

This Valentine’s Day, take a load off, grab some popcorn and your favorite blanket and enjoy an evening of movie-time bliss.

c.peterson@chronicle.utah.edu
@ChronyArts

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