Hide away from the day of love with these flicks that put friends first
Hate Valentine’s Day? Well, you’re in luck because Netflix have got some brilliant blockbusters, indie gems and original movies to keep your cold heart from thawing. We’ve picked out the films that celebrate friendships, shun love or are just plain scary enough to keep your mind off the loved up couples around you. The good news is, you can start streaming them right away. So sit back, relax and get the snacks in – you’re going to want to watch all of these.
I Love You, Man
While this Paul Rudd-starring flick starts out with a proposal, I Love You, Man is ultimately about the awkward beginnings of friendship. Making pals in your 30s is tough but Rudd and Jason Segel are the perfect reminder of why putting your energy into your friends is just as important as romantic relationships. Just ignore the wedding at the end.
The Bucket List
Cutesy trailer aside, The Bucket List is basically a reminder that life is short and if you don’t make time to have a laugh with your pals, you’re doing it wrong. Sure, there’s plenty of time to go on crappy Tinder dates but soon enough you’ll be stuck in a hospital with nothing to do. So make time for those spontaneous trips with your friends and enjoy it while you can.
If you ever needed more of a reason to not get into a relationship, Gone Girl is probably a good place to start. Starring the formidable Rosamund Pike, Rolling Stone previously said: “Gone Girl is the date-night movie of the decade for couples who dream of destroying one another”. It’s enough to put you off marriage for good.
This Is 40
While not as bleak as Gone Girl, This is 40 is bleak in its own relatable way. Starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, the film shows us the monotonous mediocrity of marriage after you’ve been together a good long while. There’s plenty of petty arguments and enough cringe moments to scare you off from ever saying “I do”.
For a film that starts off with a wedding, Kill Bill is probably one of the least romantic movies out there. Packed full of murder, chaos and kick ass sword fights, Uma Thurman’s Bride is as badass as you can get. If you’re looking for a revenge film that has almost zero romance in it, you’ve come to the right place.
A comedy classic that is arguably one of Will Ferrell’s best films, Step Brothers will provide enough laughs to distract you from the worst day of the year. Full of quick one-liners and slapstick routines, Ferrell and John c. Reilly made a movie that celebrates friendship and finding people who are just as weird as you are.
Tbh, this film does what it says on the tin. Jennifer Anniston and Vince Vaughn go through the motions of a terrible, drawn-out break up that’ll put you off ever going on a date ever again. Annoyingly they kind of work it out towards the end, but the premise is enough to have you relating to all those crappy break-ups you’ve gone through.
The Hangover is probably one of the best buddy comedies around and while it spawned a load of sequels, the original is still the best one. While there is a wedding at the end of this one, the laughs along the way are a reminder of all the stupid silly stuff that can only happen when best friends get together for a party they’ll never forget. Who needs romance when you can hang out with a random baby?
You Get Me
Like Fatal Attraction and Swimfan, You Get Me is a brilliant thriller that will straight up put you off ever getting involved with anyone ever again. Full of obsession and mind games, this Netflix original does get a little silly at times but it’s a great watch for those of us who’ve been scorned in the past.
After Kristin Bell’s character is left at the altar, she ends up taking her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with her estranged father. Also starring Kelsey Grammar and Seth Rogan, Like Father is a film that reminds us that we don’t always need the stereotypical romance story to have a good time. There are some mushy moments though, so tread carefully.