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All the single movies: films for a night alone

Published: February 12, 2010
Section: Arts, Etc.

Hollywood has no shortage of movies for the person with a significant other on Valentine’s Day. Take for example the soon-to-be-released, aptly titled “Valentine’s Day” or the 2003 hit “Love Actually.”

But what options are there for those who are single or do not readily buy into the format of the standard romance (i.e. guy meets girl, guy struggles to impress girl, guy gets girl)? Below is a list of comedies that will let you get through Feb. 14 without the store-bought reminders of romance.

1. “Whip It” (2009)

This movie, directed by Drew Barrymore and starring “Juno” actress Ellen Page, is an undeniable chick flick, but still one about being yourself above all else, even if that means tackling other girls on a roller derby track.

2. “Anchorman” (2004)

The movie that earned Will Ferrell the title of no-limits funnyman. Aside from its (sometimes gross and non-sensical) laughs, the movie features legendary anchorman Ron Burgundy (Ferrel) and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), one of the most dysfunctional couples to cross the screen in years. He’s a narcissist with the IQ and humor of a fifth grader and she goes for it. It’s a reminder that when it comes to relationships, you should hold out for quality over quantity (i.e. just being in a relationship), lest you get entangled with someone who is more similar to Ron Burgundy than not.

3. “The Hangover” (2009)

This movie follows three guys as they search for their best friend who went missing during a bachelor party gone hilariously wrong. Sure one of their buddies is getting married, but this movie is more than anything about good (to say the least) times with your friends.

4. “Mean Girls” (2004)

This may seem like an odd choice for Valentine’s Day, but this movie about the wickedness of teenaged girls is a reminder of how crazy people can be. It’s enough to make you thankful for the fact that you can avoid at least some of the games people play by being single. Also, you can count on Tina Fey’s writing to not shove any over-the-top romantic bits in your face.

5. “My Best Friend’s Wedding” (1997)

Yes, you may be single, but that doesn’t mean you’ve lost the craving for a romantic comedy. “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” about a woman who realizes she is in love with her best friend and tries to win him over only three days before his wedding, has the romance and the comedy without the sappy happy-couple-heading-off-into-the-sunset ending.