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Even More In Love With Me You’d Fall: Movies for the Romantic Night

Everyone’s always talking about their “un-valentine’s” party for teens.  And I’m right up there with them, because I’ll share my secret:  I *HATE* Valentine’s day.  I’ve hated it since I was little, and we had to give EVERYONE a Valentine (such a lie because there were people who hated me, and I know I didn’t like them). I hated it in high school, when all the popular (and rich) kids would get tons of carnations from friends and boyfriends as part of the school fundraiser, and if you didn’t get any, your status in looserville was secured. And I still hate it now- I mean, really, you need ONE DAY to tell the world you love that someone in your life?  Tell them EVERY DAY, PEOPLE.

Ok, done now.  But even though your teens might want an “anti-valentine’s” program, or an un-valentine’s theme, there’s no reason you can’t have a romantic movie.  You can always twist it and turn it into a MST3000 event, or have them act out the parts if it’s a well-known one.  Or my favorite is to let them be creative with the crafts- have the movie be a romantic movie, but the crafts be anything they want, like giant message hearts that they can write either happy or negative sayings on, or dig out the pony beads and let them design bracelets to give to others or to keep.

And for movies….

NOTE: All movies are listed under Movie Licensing USA as of February 1.  If you do not have a license please get one before you show a movie- do not have the FBI or other alphabet soups knocking down your door.

SPECIAL NOTE: All movies are rated PG13 or lower.  While the MPAA ratings are guidelines and not laws, a majority of libraries need to keep within that rating.

  • 10 Things I Hate About You (remaking of taming of the Shrew, and you can blow the teens minds that The Joker, and the New Batman went to High School together!)
  • Across the Universe (can totally do a sing-along, especially as a lot of teens are getting into the Beatles)
  • Easy A (have a contest and give out Valentine candies if they can name all the 80’s movies that are referenced in the movie)
  • Pretty In Pink (I am in love with Ducky)
  • Sixteen Candles (I actually like the exchange student, so this is definitely a heckler)
  • Wedding Singer (another sing-along)
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Empire Records
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
  • Enchanted (or actually pretty much anything by Disney- Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, etc.)
  • Like Crazy (also has Jennifer Lawrence of Hunger Games fame)
  • Arthur (2011 with Russell Brand)

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