The Best Date Night Movies on Netflix Nobody Is Watching
Looking for a “date night” movie on Netflix can be a little tricky. It sounds like an easy enough mission – find a good romcom and off you go with Netflix and chill.
However, “date night” can be a little more complicated than that, especially if you’re looking for something that’s off the “we’ve seen that a million times” path. And one partner’s idea of a date can be very different from the others.
So here are six selections in alphabetical order on Netflix that you might not immediately think about, but that should make for a fun evening when another viewing of Murder Mystery just won’t do.
Here’s a Richard Curtis romcom that’s not Notting Hill or Love Actually, where he explores the age-old dilemma, “What if I could go back in time and fix my mistakes?”
Domhnall Gleeson stars as a man who learns he can do just that, only he finds it doesn’t always work the way he would like it to. Still, you can’t blame him for trying when the love interest in question is the always engaging Rachel McAdams.
For some viewers, this movie also offered the first glimpse of Margot Robbie.
Indie director Todd Haynes has a thing for forbidden romances in decades past, whether it’s his pastiche Far From Heaven about an interracial relationship, or his miniseries of Mildred Pearce and its treacherous mother/daughter/man triangles.
This 2015 film may be the most intense entry, with passionate performances by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, who enter into a relationship that just can’t happen for reasons beyond the obvious.
‘The Edge of Seventeen’
It’s not a romcom per se in that it’s not about a lovelorn teen looking for the stud of her dreams – and thank goodness for that. Hailee Steinfeld has her best role to date as a teenager whose life is shattered when her BFF (Haley Lu Richardson) and her too-perfect brother (Blake Jenner) start dating each other, causing all kinds of awkwardness.
This movie takes many a cue from the John Hughes films of the ’80s – and it’s actually even better than most of those.
Poor Joaquin Phoenix. He has to choose between Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde and Rooney Mara as flesh-and-blood partners, and he’s still a sad sack. Is it any wonder that he falls for a Siri-like artificial intelligence voiced by Scarlett Johansson?
Spike Jonze’s wonderfully imaginative romance actually cuts deeper than that description, making us question what it is we love about someone. Do we love a face, a body, a voice, or some intangible other we can’t put into words?
‘Sleeping with Other People’
Most romantic comedies follow this basic formula: Boy and girl meet cute. It’s quite obvious to everyone but them they have powerful chemistry together, they spend most of the movie fighting it, realize they are actually in love and then can’t figure out what to do.
This movie starts with the couple (Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis) sleeping with each other, deciding to be friends rather than lovers, then not knowing quite what to do with anyone except each other.
It’s a fun inversion of the formula that makes one wonder why Brie doesn’t get more roles like this, where she gets to be both lovable and funny.
‘The Spectacular Now’
This teen romance gets didactic and afterschool-ish in the third act when it deals with the male lead’s drinking problem, but it still resonates strongly, thanks to deeply felt performances by Miles Teller and especially Shailene Woodley.
When you buy the central couple and want them to be together despite the odds, that’s a sign the movie works. That’s Brie Larson before she broke big, playing Teller’s first girlfriend.