Who says Valentine’s Day has to be all flowers, chocolates and sappy romance? We get that not everybody wants to cry a river over that kissing in the rain scene in The Notebook. Or maybe you do… no judgment here! Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or a Valentine Grumpy Guss, there are lots of options for you this Hallmark holiday. Here are 5 different flavors of movie you can watch this Valentine’s Day, no matter your mood – whether you’re single or not!
Girl Power Galentines
Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids has become a cult classic comedy at this point. The film follows Annie, played by Kristen Wiig, who finds out that her best friend Lillian, played by Maya Rudolph, is getting married. Lillian asks Annie, whose life is actually a bit of a mess, to be her maid of honor. We get to watch Annie navigate the world of wedding planning as she tries to make her best friend’s fairytale day special. But it doesn’t come without some hilarious moments and serious tests of their friendship.
Annie’s keep-it-real attitude is one of the most
entertaining and relatable aspects of the movie. That’s really highlighted in
this scene where she has to get on a flight. Only she’s got a serious fear of
flying. So of course, one of the girls gives her some drugs to take with
alcohol. And all hell and hilarity ensue.
Bromance With Some Laughs
Now that Bad Boys for Life is out, we have to pay homage to the original bromance film from 1995, Bad Boys. The chemistry between the actors is undeniable in this must-see for any action-comedy lover. The story follows detectives Mike and Marcus, played by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. When millions of dollars’ worth of heroin they confiscated is stolen, the boys take a wild ride to get the stolen drugs back, or face their entire department shutting down.
Marcus and Mike have tons of memorable scenes together showcasing their contrasting personalities playing off each other. The movie also features the catchy song “Bad Boys” by the Inner Circle, made famous by the intro to the TV show Cops
It’s essentially the most “cops” thing ever. And good luck getting it out of your head once you hear it. Bad boys, bad boys, watcha gonna do? Get the Bad Boys Bundle collection, which includes Bad Boys, Bad Boys 2, and Bad Boys for Life.
Til Death Do Us Part
Ari Aster’s Midsommar shows us what happens when romance goes… a bit off. The film follows a couple, played by Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor, who takes a trip to beautiful, sunshiny Sweden to get away and enjoy their fabled midsummer festival. Over the course of the story, the bright idyllic vision of the place turns into an inescapable waking nightmare. But beware, this journey is not for the faint of heart.
This shot from the visionary mind of Ari Aster shows the very essence of the movie. With everything so bright, white and pure on the outside – how could there be something more sinister lying beneath? Welcome to the midsummer festival.
High School Sweethearts
10 Things I Hate About You
You can’t talk about teen rom-coms without 10 Things I Hate About You. What you might not know is that the movie’s screenplay is based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, so take that high school English class! Anyhow, the story follows Kat and Bianca, two very different sisters played by Julia Stiles and Larisa Oleynik. Bianca is dying to start dating but isn’t allowed to until her older sister does. That’s where an intricate set-up to get Kat a boyfriend begins, and many of us are introduced to the charms of Heath Ledger for the first time. The rest is movie history, and we’re all reminded of the awkwardness and hilarity that come with navigating young love.
Heath Ledger’s character, Patrick Verona, demonstrates his love for Kat in several melt-your-heart moments throughout the movie. The scene where he sings and does a dance number to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” is a total classic though. And it doesn’t hurt that Heath’s got some serious moves.
Happily Ever After for the Hopeless Romantic
Titanic is the absolute epitome of romance. But for those who aren’t all about that lovey-dovey life, James Cameron packed plenty of action in this masterpiece too. At the time of filming in 1997, it was the most expensive movie ever made, costing $200 million. The story follows the unlikely romance between a wealthy woman named Rose and a starving artist named Jack, who meet on the ship and instantly fall in love. The on-screen chemistry between Kate Winslet, playing the part of Rose, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays Jack, is electrifying. But the intricate sets and special effects used to bring the ship’s tragic story to life are also nothing to scoff at. It’s a film worth seeing for anyone who appreciates impactful cinema and unforgettable acting. And of course, romance.
If you haven’t re-enacted this part of Titanic at least once in your life… you’re lying. In the most famous scene of the movie, Jack and Rose stand at the front of the ship and she’s understandably uneasy. Rose must decide how much she trusts Jack in this pivotal moment – both physically and emotionally. After hesitating for a bit, Rose finally exclaims, “I’m flying!” and they embrace and lean in for a kiss. Sigh, it’s so romantic it hurts.
It’s time to follow the winter wind back to the magical land of Arendelle, because Disney’s Frozen II has arrived! Nominated for Best Original Song at the 2020 Oscars, he long-anticipated sequel to the smash hit musical adventure is finally here, with familiar faces, brand new songs, and a mystical mystery that takes our heroes far beyond familiar borders.
To find out more about the lessons in store for Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and friends (plus how to watch the movie while skipping content you don’t want to see thanks to our exclusive Family Play feature), check out our deep-dive Frozen II post here, and purchase Frozen II today to share some beautifully rendered Disney magic with the whole family.
OSCAR-WINNING NEW RENTAL
With high-velocity cuts and supersonic sound, Ford v Ferrari raced ahead of the pack at the 92nd Academy Awards to pick up the Oscars for best film editing and best sound editing.
You have the green light to rent this pulse-pounding true story right now, and you can watch our exclusive clip above to see how the crew brought the feeling of real-life racing to the screen, plus star Christian Bale‘s thoughts on the thrill of hitting the track.
STILL IN THEATERS
One young shepherd may not be enough to save his Jewish neighbors from the encroaching Nazi occupation, but with the help of the whole town anything is possible.
Open a window into the human power of caring with the moving family drama Waiting for Anya.
A single mutated, happiness-producing flower is a lovely gift. An ever-expanding bunch of them could grow into something far more sinister.
Find out if a well-meaning horticulturalist can nip her creation in the bud, or if this field of dreams is truly the stuff of nightmares in Little Joe.
Get the popcorn and icy snacks ready because Disney’s Frozen 2 is coming to Family Movie Night. The characters, and their fans, have grown up since the first Frozen, so you’ll find that Frozen 2 deals with more grown up themes and messages directed at a slightly older audience.
Each of the main characters in the movie goes through a moment of doubt and uncertainty when they face major challenges. Their paths to change and growth are often fraught with unease and dangerous situations which may be a little intense for especially younger viewers.
But if you’re concerned about watching the movie with your little ones – not to worry! You can see Frozen 2 with our exclusive Family Play feature. It lets you control what you want your kids to see by skipping content that you don’t think they’re ready for just yet.
If your kids are curious about how movies are made, see how Disney magic comes to life in this interview with the animators and this deleted scene.
Change is a huge part of Frozen 2: from small details you might miss, to its representation through symbolism in nature, to the main characters’ journeys to growing up. The story now takes place in the fall when leaves are falling and the world is transforming. We see the representation of water as change that ties the main characters together, and takes us on a journey from their history to the present moment.
Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff each go through their own journey of change in learning what it means to grow up. And in classical Frozen fashion, these journeys are all marked by songs. Learn more about the music in this interview with the filmmakers, and check out this behind-the-scenes look at how the songs for the movie are created.
Doing the Right Thing – Even When it’s Difficult
Elsa’s younger sister, Anna, often brings us lighthearted, naïve moments that make us chuckle. She may not fully understand how the world works just yet, but is always putting her full heart into trying to figure it out. In Frozen 2, Anna comes to a desperate moment where she believes all is lost and she is left all alone in the world. While she is afraid, she also has the maturity and foresight to understand that she must go on. Even if she has to be alone. Even if she’s scared. Even if she’s never done it before. Anna’s also been in the shadow of her sister throughout their journey in both films, and it is here she realizes that she needs to make her own path in life in order to be fulfilled. It is also here that she realizes that doing the right thing isn’t always easy, but you also have a duty to do so. These are all major lessons that come with growing up and Anna truly goes the distance in learning them in the film. Kristoff, her boyfriend, also goes through a similar journey in his own way.
Finding Who You Are – When You’re Alone
Kristoff and Anna have been pretty much attached at the hip since they met. And who can blame them? They’re in love for the first time in their lives after all. In Frozen 2 though, Kristoff faces his own big questions when he finds himself alone in the woods. He’s very much used to following every move Anna makes and coming to her rescue any time she needs him. But in this moment in the movie, Kristoff wonders to himself who he is without her by his side. Who is he, if not her constant savior? Who is he really when he is by himself? He goes as far as calling her his “only landmark,” showing how hard it is for him to feel like a separate person without Anna. It is a lesson that some adults may not even learn for a while, showing a much more layered and grown-up sense of maturity compared to what we saw of Kristoff before. But the character who learns the most about growing up has to be Elsa.
Going Into the Unknown – to Find Yourself
Elsa learns some of the most important lessons throughout her character journey. Since the very beginning of the movie where she tries to understand what the voice that calls to her means, Elsa is in a constant search to find out who she is. The voice she hears connects her to her identity and what she’s meant to do with her life. It leads her to find out more about her family history, which is another key piece in her identity. Elsa’s widely popular song, Into the Unknown, tells the story about the journey of facing the unknown in life, an important lesson for children and grown-ups alike. Though going into the unknown is frightening and fraught with trials and tribulations, Elsa shows us that knowing yourself and listening to your inner voice take you to where you should be. And that’s more important than anything. Going into the unknown makes us all less fearful and accepting of the only constant thing in life – change.
Anna is endlessly optimistic and bubbly, while Kristoff is a hopeless romantic. Elsa may have magical powers but she’s also incredibly brave. Which Frozen 2 character do you think you are? Take the quiz and find out!
Arts and Crafts Activities
Make your own bookmarks featuring your favorite Frozen 2 characters and go on a magical journey to the Enchanted Forest in these activity sheets.