Valentine's Movie Guide

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

If this weekend marks the first time you and your sweetie have gone to the movies in a while, the multiplex is lined with options vying for your Valentine dollars. But not all movies will make your date great. Lucky for you, we're here to help you sift through it all, from best to worst.

"Breakfast at Tiffany's"

It's about a call girl falling in love with a gigolo. So give a lot of credit to star Audrey Hepburn that the timeless romantic comedy, screening Saturday and Sunday at the Drexel, is also one of the most beloved movies of all time.

"An Education"

Don't miss a chance to watch Carey Mulligan as a wise-beyond-her-years teen falling for a much older guy. She's the actress we'd be happiest to see upset the indomitable Sandra Bullock.

"Up in the Air"

Funny? Check. Smart? Double check. Sexy? Oh, yeah. Oscar contenders rarely make such great date bait.

"Valentine's Day"

All-star cast, but it may be the most shameless attempt ever to make women drag their guys to the movies. Remember, ladies, there's nothing less sexy than being predictable.

"Dear John"

Guys, it might seem like you'd win points for suggesting this chick flick from the guy behind "The Notebook." Problem is, no girl likes the smeared mascara look that comes with a tearjerker like this.


James Cameron's sci-fi blockbuster-buster has had surprising appeal among men and women alike, but you can't make come-hither eyes behind those goofy 3D glasses.

"The Wolfman"

There's sure to be a forbidden love story in here, but watching Benicio del Toro's bone-crunching werewolf contortions will likely bring more ewws than ahhs.

"From Paris with Love"

Don't let the words "Paris" and "love" fool you into thinking this bullet-riddled spy flick is a decent date movie.

"Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"

An adaptation of a best-selling fantasy series, starring a kid who interacts with mythological Greek gods - does this sound like something anyone over the age of 11 would enjoy?

"The Lovely Bones"

The ghost of a teenage girl helps her grieving parents solve her brutal murder. How romantic.