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Liz's Top 5 Date Movies of 2012

2:00 PM on 01.07.2013 // Liz Rugg

Which 2012 movies are best for your next date?

So, you've finally landed a date with that cutie you've had a crush on for a while, but he/she just wants to hang out and have a chill night-in? All your fears start rushing into your mind - what do you watch together, do you put on something new or classic, how about something new, something from 2012, what the heck even came out in 2012???!??!?!?!

Well fear not, dear reader, since I have thoroughly complied a list of 5 excellent date movie ideas of movies that came out in 2012.

5. Something to put on so you can tune out and make out:

here comes the boom

Here Comes the Boom, the story of a high school teacher-turned wrestler in order to raise money for his students, has just enough feel-goodery in its plot to put you lovebirds in a happy mood, but is also silly and forgettable enough to be ignored when the moment strikes. For real, putting on a movie that neither of you care too much about actually paying attention to is one of the best ways to initiate some snuggle time.

4. A movie to make sure you're both on the same wavelength:


Prometheus is one of the biggest movies to come out in 2012, and opinions on it vary. While it generally doesn't matter a whole lot if you and your partner have the exact same tastes about everything, having generally aligning interests certainly helps. If you totally loved Prometheus and your date absolutely hates it (unless they have some pretty coherent reasons as to why) you may want to reconsider that second date offer. Also it's just a really cool movie and you should watch it.

3. For the Gamer:

wreck-it ralph

Wreck-It Ralph was one of my favorite movies of the year. Not only was the animation flawless (with the play between 3D, 2D, 8-Bit and high definition ever at play) but the storyline was relatively refreshing and downright adorable. Wreck-It Ralph is on this list as a great idea for a date movie if your date is into video games (even if they aren't) because of that nostalgia factor. All of the inside jokes and Easter eggs incorporated into the movie make it a joy for video game fans to watch. Thankfully though, I'd say Wreck-It Ralph is a strong enough movie to stand on its own even without that added level of acknowledgement.

2. The Cabin in the Woods. Period.

the cabin in the woods

I'd like to officially attest that Joss Wheadon and Drew Goddard's film The Cabin in the Woods is a nearly perfect date movie. The off-the-rails horror movie somehow strikes a perfect tone of scary, funny and smart all at once and has the added benefit of probably causing your date to jump into your arms a little bit at the scary parts. Plus you can always listen to the Flixist Movie Club podcast about The Cabin in the Woods and impress your date with the knowledge and hilarity you can glean from it. Just sayin'.

1. Best date movie of 2012:

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom is the best date movie of 2012. It has everything; young love, puppy love, kids discovering love for the first time and also Bill Murray. Seriously, everything about Moonrise is cute and loveable, and it's a surefire way to woo that romantic date you've got. There is simply something so pure and sweet about the fresh, young love between protagonists Sam Shakusky and Suzy Bishop that it basically makes anybody who watches Moonrise Kingdom long to regain, or possibly discover, a piece of that innocent first love.


Happy watching everyone, and don't forget that Valentine's Day is right around the corner!

Liz Rugg, Community Manager
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