How to spend a Valentine’s night-in

by Alicia Chavez

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Valentine’s Day is the time of year couples spoil one another with big, expensive gifts and fall in love all over again. It’s the day men and women crowd grocery stores hoping to find the best box of chocolates, bundle of flowers, and giant oversized teddy bear, to give their loved ones. For those who have no one to share the holiday with, Feb. 14 is a constant reminder of lonelines, as the pressures of being alone are only strengthened by the toxic love in the air.

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday, and if staying inside sounds more appealing than standing outside a restaurant next to an overly affectionate couple, then here are a few movies and TV shows you can cozy up with next to a wood-burning fire.

 

For the optimistic
:

“10 Things I Hate About You”

Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures

Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures

A classic 1999 teenage movie about a high school outcast who falls in love with an unexpected classmate. Recommended for those who love teen love affairs.

For the adventurous
:

“House of Cards”

This Netflix original series exploded last year and this Valentines Day, Netflix will be unleashing a long-awaited second season. For those who have yet to be captivated by one of Kevin Spacey’s best performances yet, this series will be an instant favorite. “House of Cards” is filled with non-traditional love stories between characters. Needless to say, the show will ease the pressures of being alone this Valentine’s Day, and remind you your non-existent love life can’t be all that bad.

For the fearless
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“The Brass Teapot”

Courtesy of Atlantic Pictures

Courtesy of Atlantic Pictures

Those interested in keeping their minds off the holiday, “The Brass Teapot” has less of a romantic twist and more of a “free money comes flying out of a brass teapot” edge to it. No romance here.

For the realist
:

“Stuck in Love”

This film is your typical Valentine’s Day movie. There are about 10 different story lines happening at once, but they all fit together beautifully to create this masterful mess. “Stuck in Love” is probably the most realistic of this genre of love films.

For the hopeful
:

“Little Manhattan”

Courtesy of New Regency Pictures

Courtesy of New Regency Pictures

Being 12 years old and in love is the most painful kind of love there is. “Little Manhattan” forces you to want to be young and in love all over again. This movie makes you feel less lonely and fully inspired.

For the spirited
:

“In Good Company”

Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Courtesy of Universal Pictures

A combination of old and new love, “In Good Company” is recommended for movie lovers who enjoy a good comedy in the midst of dangerously falling in love.

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