Tuesday, March 21, 2017

20 Great, In-House-Date-Night Sleeper Flicks

Sure, we run to the redbox and pick-up two crappy new movies because we've seen everything else, and those crappy movies don't work for the in-house date-night because they stink, and because they're depressing, or cater to one or the others tastes.

Here's a list of sleeper flicks that fit perfectly for a date night. It may be a little chick-flick heavy because the hens rule the roost, but it's not ALL rom-com, and even the rom-coms should have a little for the fellas. I'm gonna make all these lighter-fare without too many seriously heavy themes or scenes. That should help everyone go to bed with smiles on their faces.

Lets go ahead and go better to best, #20 to #1.

20.Indian Summer(1993)
Indian Summer is a great date movie. It's a big-hearted comedy-drama that isn't too sappy or "millenial" for the older crowd, and not to old for the younger crowd either. The late Bill Paxton, Diane Lane, and Kevin Pollack star. IMDB rating 6.5 Rotten Tomatoes 66%(audience) Jeremy 6.5/10

Here's a neat little foreign film that should appeal to both men and women. It's a story about a poor-single father, and the little toy that the father brings home to his son. This film carries many different emotions, and has a great ending. IMDB 6.5 RottenTomatoes 53% Jeremy 7/10
Trailer(in english):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMELrGHqKSo

18.Love Actually(2003)
Follows many different characters in London, and their relationships, prior to Christmas. Went under the radar a bit. Worth checking-out if you missed it. IMDB 7.7 RottenTomatoes 72% Jeremy 7/10

17.How to Be Single(2016)
Here's a chick flick that works for both sexes. It's not you're cookie-cutter chick-flick. We don't know what's going to happen with the relationships in this one, and there's a little bit of style to the latter half of the film that, imo, sets it apart from similar films. A little bit of crass comedy bridges the generation and gender gap. IMDB 6.1 RottenTomatoes 47% Jeremy 7/10

16.Find Me Guilty(2006)
Easily the best performance of Vin Deisel's career. "Find Me Guilty" has some good relationship dialog and it's an interesting story based on true events. We all love a little courtroom thrown-in as couples too. IMDB 7.1 RottenTomatoes 62% Jeremy 7/10 Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKr2ot6LMMw

Big-name stars headline this rom-com. The film is funny enough and overall the script is pretty good. Aside from the military subplot falling on its' head, the rest is aces. Has a lot to say about relationships. Obviously, I think this is better than the ratings on these sites. IMDB 5.4
RottenTomatoes 28% Jeremy 7/10 Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3mf_ewjc7s

Keri Russel stars in this film about a good down-home southern girl in a bad situation. Easily the most "chick-flick" of the chick-flicks on the list, but still a good movie that the guys won't hate.
IMDB 7.1 RottenTomatoes 74% Jeremy 7/10 Teaser Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa99hR4dOC0

13.Just Like Heaven(2005)
Here's a tidy little romantic comedy with two good performances from Mark Ruffalo and Reese Witherspoon. It probably fell under the radar for most, but that makes it a perfect date night movie.
IMDB 6.7 RottenTomatoes 75% Jeremy 7/10

12.Just Before I Go(2014)
Here's a crass comedy, but one that tackles a lot of tough sublots and serious subject matter while doing so. Just Before I Go is a hilarious film. If either of you are easily offended by language/etc I would avoid-it, otherwise, check it out! IMDB 6.4 RottenTomatoes 58% Jeremy 7.5/10 trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Sd8KtkvTD8

Ha, I got you on this one, didn't I? You read through these and were like, "I've seen all these"...   NO You haven't. This extremely low-budget film is really solid. Great concept and good execution consdering the lack of resources. Both of you should love this little film. IMDB 6.7 RottenTomatoes 72% Jeremy 7.5/10 Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPefbEgagd8

10.Mr. Nobody
Another great little sleeper here. This sci-fi/dram-com went vastly unseen by American audiences. It's in english, and it's loads of fun. Worth seeking out. It's a wee-bit over-rated by IMDB, but it's still a solid sleeper-date-night-flick. IMDB 7.9 RottenTomatoes 76% Jeremy 7.5/10 Clip:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaoaqVfaKws

9.Before We Go
Captain American(Chris Evans) wrote and directed this smart, heartfelt, adult dram-com. Alice Eve and Evans are both great. No Hollywood ending, just a nice realistic adult dram-com.
IMDB 6.9 RottenTomatoes 54% Jeremy 7.5/10 Interview with Chris about the film:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk2oHFHiFcI

8.Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
 I don't understand how this escaped a larger audience. Well, maybe it was because these "Hollywood themed" films always seem to be over-rated by the critics. And maybe because one of the main characters is gay? Either way, this film, starring Robert Downey Jr, Michelle Monaghan, and the gay private detective(Val Kilmer), is an absolute blast. Stylish, fast-paced and smart.
IMDB 7.6 RottenTomatoes 87% Jeremy 8/10 Clip:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHkSDJmSgqo

7.St. Vincent
Here's a film with a gigantic heart, and solid adult themes.  Bill Murray is fantastic. The kid is fantastic, and Melissa McCarthy is also great. Feel-good, realistic movie. IMDB 7.3 RottenTomatoes 79% Jeremy 8/10 Clip:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7cMl-bEqLc

6.Let it Ride
Here's one that caters to the fellas a bit more. A film about a cab-driver, gambling-addict who's "having a good day". The race-tracks seedy characters and smokey bars are dead-solid-perfect, and Dreyfuss is just awesome in this light-hearted comedy that should appeal to just about anyone.
IMDB 6.9(travesty) RottenTomatoes 75% Jeremy 8/10(raises just about every time I watch it) Clip:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVnbiYHCb1A&t=119s

5.Mr. Destiny(1990)
James Belushi stars in many good, under-rated little flicks. I probably should have included "Taking Care of Business" on the list too.  Here's a great little comedy/drama that co-stars Linda Hamilton and the late, great Michael Caine. IMDB 6.3(travesty) RottenTomatoes 57% Jeremy 8/10 Clip:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko7bVVrOnLg

Jean Pierre-Jeunet is a master at whimsical. He's a master of cinematography and the use of color. This is the same director that brought you "A Very Long Engagement", which I left off for being a little too "heavy".
IMDB 8.4 RottenTomatoes 94%!! Jeremy 8.5/10 Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUECWi5pX7o

3.Before I Disappear(2014)
This is Tarantino/Cohen Brothers light.  "Before I Disappear" starts a little serious but the comedy quickly reminds-us that it's all in good fun, and the film oozes style and excitement. Awesome little flick that probably flew under both your radars.
IMDB 7.2 ROttenTomatoes 66% Jeremy 8.5/10 Clip:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-3SaUiR7bA

2.Before Sunset(2004)
We all remember "Before Sunrise" with Ethan Hawke. The talky romantic/comedy/drama that ended with us all wanting more. Well, here's the more.9 years later. The sequel has more to say about relationships and fate than the original. It's actually my favorite of the three films, but if you can remember the first, "a story about two lay-over lovers who only have a couple of days to be with each other", or if that's ALL you remember, then PERFECT, you're in-line for a GREAT date-night movie that is well-written and acted. If you feel so inclined watch all-three, great, but this one is the best, and stands very well on its' own. Many of us left these two on the back burner after the 1995 original, shame. IMDB 8.0 RottenTomatoes 91% Jeremy 8.5/10 Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HurI2rFB_mk

John Favreau, writer/director of Ironman, Swingers, SPy Kids, and many more, directed this fantastic film with a huge heart. At heart it's a father-son road-trip film, but it's decorated with good writing, beautiful color for the foodies, and good music. IMDB 7.3 RottenTomatoes 85% Jeremy 9/10 Clip:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9Haip-UF3k

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