Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening in or just a night to treat yourself and indulge in all the feels, these indie romances have you covered and so do our delicious recipes.
From Rotten Tomatoes:
“WHAT IF is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend? The ensemble romantic comedy costars Megan Park and Oona Chaplin. (C) CBS Films”
- you are a Potterhead; Daniel Radcliffe is charming as Wallace
- you are a Girls fan; see above, except substitute Adam Driver
- you are a sucker for the old friends-to-lovers trope
Before We Go
“Chris Evans and Alice Eve star as two strangers whose chance encounter in Grand Central Terminal sparks a nighttime adventure through New York City that will change their lives forever.”
- you are a Captain America fan and want to see Chris Evans display emotional range
- you like a good trumpet solo
- you like sweet, twisty love stories
In Your Eyes
“Two seemingly unconnected souls (Michael Stahl-David and Zoe Kazan) from different corners of the United States make a telepathic bond that allows them to see, hear and feel the other’s experiences, creating a bond that apparently can’t be broken.”
- you are a Joss Whedon fan; he wrote this!
- you love body/perspective switch tropes
- you like long distance romances
“After being hit by a car, a woman (Leslie Bibb) comes home to realize her friends don’t really want to take care of her. Desperate for help, she turns to an unlikely source (Thomas Sadoski).”
- you are a fan of The Newsroom; because Thomas Sadoski(!) being kind of a dick but not really, which is how we like him
- you have ever been a caretaker or had to be caretaken
- you like redemptive romance
The Spectacular Now
From Rotten Tomatoes:
“With sly humor and an intensity of feeling, THE SPECTACULAR NOW (directed by James Ponsoldt) creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait of youth confronting the funny, thrilling and perilous business of modern love and adulthood. This is the tale of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a high school senior and effortless charmer, and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with “the good girl” Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley). What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth – one that doesn’t look for tidy truths. The film was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (500) DAYS OF SUMMER and also features wonderful supporting turns from Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. (c) a24 Films”
- you are a Divergent fan; Shailene Woodley is sweet as Aimee, even if you want to yell at her for her choices sometimes
- you dig the bad boy trope; it’s not the most feminist thing you’ll watch but it is layered and poignant
- you like coming of age romances
Enjoy your movie with:
A cold, refreshing iced tea (regular or alcoholic, you decide). You can find some great recipes here.
Grilled Chicken and Linguine in Lemon Basil Cream Sauce, because Sweatflix & Chill nights require comfort food. Recipe here.