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February is a big month for romantic movies. But which are worth seeing with that special someone?
The Hottie and the Nottie
The Love Story Nate Cooper (Joel David Moore) has been in love with Cristabelle Abbott (Paris Hilton) since they were both six years old. But she’s so devoted to her homely, single best friend, he can’t ever get her alone. So he decides to give the friend, June Phigg (Christine Lakin), a makeover and get her a boyfriend.
Very Attractive Joel David Moore, whom you’ve probably never heard of, has one of the best TV credits we’ve ever seen. In an episode of CSI, he was “Guy in the Yellow Hat.”
Kind of a Turnoff Paris Hilton is in this movie. So that’s, well, worrisome.
Dateworthy? No. Not because the film is bad, and not because of Hilton. It’s a no because of Lakin. When you see her on screen, you very well might blurt out, “Hey, that girl used to be Al Lambert on that Patrick Duffy sitcom Step by Step.” And then your date will know that you watched Step by Step. Not good.
My Blueberry Nights
The Love Story Playing Elizabeth, Norah Jones, starring in her first movie, hits the musically immortalized Route 66 in search of true love. Somewhere along the way, she finds Jeremy (Jude Law), which seems like a pretty fortunate break.
Very Attractive It’s as good-looking a cast as you may see all year: Joining Jones and Law are easy-on-the- eyes stars Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman.
Kind of a Turnoff Not only has Jones never been in a movie before, her only legitimate acting experience prior to this film came when she performed in a play — in high school.
Dateworthy? Yes. Whether or not Jones performs well, the soundtrack is romantic all by itself. It features songs by Jones (of course) as well as the work of Cat Power (who also appears in the film), Mavis Staple, and Otis Redding.
The Love Story Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) is a divorcing dad whose daughter, Maya (Abigail Breslin), wants him to explain how he fell in and out of love with her mom. Flashbacks ensue.
Very Attractive The plot is clever, albeit in a How I Met Your Mother way. In the flashbacks, Hayes changes the names of the three women he was dating at the time he met Maya’s mom so that neither she nor we know whom he ends up with.
Kind of a Turnoff Can you see it coming? The kid talks her father into falling right back in love with her mom? Yeah, we can too.
Dateworthy? It depends. Reynolds is plenty likable, and the abs he displayed in Blade III must have gained him fans. But does your ideal romantic leading man have a killer six-pack and a 10-year-old?
Over Her Dead Body
The Love Story Kate (Eva Longoria Parker) and Henry (Paul Rudd) are just about to marry when Kate is tragically killed. Henry goes to see Ashley (
Very Attractive The last time we saw Longoria Parker on the big screen, she was playing an overdressed federal agent in The Sentinel. In this film, her character has, thankfully, ditched the navy pantsuit.
Kind of a Turnoff Weirdly, Jeff Lowell, making his directorial debut here, wrote John Tucker Must Die, starring Longoria Parker’s sordid Desperate Housewives love interest, Jesse Metcalfe. Hey, Carlos Solis, you’re next.
Dateworthy? Yes, if you are a six-two, 180-pound Belgium-born NBA player named Tony. And/or if you just like Paul Rudd.
The Love Story Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson play married treasure hunters who are about to divorce when they stumble onto a potentially huge treasure that was lost at sea in 1715.
Very Attractive The movie’s tagline is touchingly cheesy: “This February, true love takes a dive.”
Kind of a Turnoff Matthew McConaughey plays a laid-back surfer type who owns a junky boat, which is a big departure for him, because usually he plays a laid-back surfer type who owns a junky car.
Dateworthy? No. Unless, that is, you found Hudson and McConaughey to be sweet and romantic in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days — because if you liked that movie, you’ll like anything.