09 February 2023
Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or just looking for something to watch this Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of movies out there that capture the spirit of the holiday. From classic rom-coms to lesser-known gems, here is a selection of films in which love takes centre stage.
So curl up on the sofa with your sweetheart or alone with a bowl of popcorn and let’s spark some romance into your Valentine’s Day.
Serving as the very epitome of what a romantic comedy should be, Playing Cupid follows the story of newly single school teacher Kerri and single father David as they navigate the modern dating landscape with a little help from a matchmaking middle schooler, Clara – David‘s very own daughter. Set in the classic halls of Austen Middle School, the film takes us through an unexpected journey of love, laughter and family, with a good dose of Mexican cultural presence in the mix.
With Laura Vandervoort and Nicholas Gonzalez as the leads and a score that captures every emotion, this is the perfect start to Valentine’s Day.
Perfect for: the hopelessly romantics and those who need inspiration in believing in love again.
When to watch: 14/02, GO Stars (channel 140) at 11:30
Get your tissues out for this one. Set against a backdrop of love, heartache and hope, 2 Hearts tells the story of two couples converging in an unexpected twist of fate. In the 1970s, wealthy Cuban rum executive Jorge meets flight attendant Leslie and they embark on a whirlwind romance. Cut to present day, where college freshman Chris falls madly in love with vivacious classmate Sam. When tragedy strikes, life and death bring both couples together in unexpected ways.
A romantic mystery based on a true story and adapted from Eric Greogry‘s nonfiction book All my Tomorrows, the movie will take you on an emotion-filled journey that will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired, warming your heart.
Perfect for: those that love a tad of the melodramatic
When to watch: 14/02, GO Stars (channel 140) at 12:55
An oldie but a goodie, the movie follows Anna Brady, whose four-year anniversary with her boyfriend has come and gone without the ring she was hoping for, so she decides to take matters into her own hands. Inspired by an Irish tradition that allows women to propose on Leap Day, Anna travels to Dublin to ask her man Jeremy to marry her. But when fate is not on her side, Anna finds herself lost on the other side of the Emerald Isle and must enlist the help of handsome but surly Declan. Together they embark on a journey filled with laughter, adventure and of course, love as they discover that life often leads us down paths we least expect.
Featuring a star-studded cast like the likes of Amy Adams, Adam Scott and Matthew Goode, while directed by celebrated Anand Tucker, Leap Year is a fun romantic comedy full of twists and turns.
Perfect for: some good laughs
When to watch: 14/02, GO Stars (channel 140) at 14:35
When experienced Alexa and smooth-talker Jason find themselves in the running for the same senior position at an advertising firm, neither of them expects to be dealing with heartache as well. After their partners break up with them, Alexa mistakenly sends Jason a ‘broken heart’ text and they start a phone-only relationship. Neither dares to ask the identity of the other, though they grow ever closer as they navigate work issues and emotional upheaval together.
Starring well-known Brand Song, the plot in Love Accidentally thickens when they arrange to meet and the truth comes
out, giving rise to the question of whether Alexa and Jason will be able to put their rivalry behind them so that true love can prevail.
Perfect for: those who enjoy a classic enemies-to-lovers trope
When to watch: 14/02, GO Stars (channel 140) at 16:15
Following a string of missed messages, missed chances and plenty of misunderstanding, a forbidden love affair comes to light in The Last Letter from Your Lover. Young journalist Ellie Haworth discovers a trove of secret love letters recounting the intense, star-crossed love affair between Jennifer Stirling, wife of a wealthy industrialist and financial journalist Anthony O’Hare. With the help of an archivist, Ellie unravels the truth while her own relationship is ignited by this story of passion, heartache and courage.
Featuring both style and sparks and set between present-day London and the 1960s French Riviera, the movie is an adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ bestselling 2008 novel. Featuring Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley and Callum Turner, it pulls out all the stops to include drama, amnesia, cynics who are dumbfounded by real love’s purity, lavish settings and superb costumes.
Perfect for: forbidden love enthusiasts with a knack for discovering the power of love through love letters
When to watch: 14/02, GO Stars (channel 140) at 17:40
When Chicago florist Amelia Hart travels to a small town in Australia to help plan her sister’s wedding, she finds love where she least expected. While little sister and her fiancée are marooned at a mountain retreat days before the big day, Amelia and the best man, Grayson Tanner, are tasked with stepping in to save the wedding. With the help of Mr. and Mrs. Poppy from the ‘Hummingbird Inn’, Amelia and Grayson prepare for a beautiful ceremony in Mr. Poppy’s stunning gardens.
As Amelia begins to see more colour and life in Primrose River than ever before, she discovers new meaning in the town’s beautiful gardens and begins to question her successful life in Chicago all the while sparks fly between her and Grayson.
Perfect for: feasting on Mrs. Poppy decadent gardens and natural scenery
When to watch: 14/02, GO Stars (channel 140) at 19:30
The steamiest of love stories from the lot, Fifty Shades Freed is the third and final instalment, bringing the titillating trilogy to a conclusion. Newlyweds Christian and Anastasia embark on their life together with great expectations, only for sinister events to emerge from the shadows and put their blissful future in jeopardy before it even kicks off. As Anastasia attempts to become Mrs. Grey and Christian relaxes into domestic stability, Jack Hyde, Anastasia’s former boss who attacked her and was eventually sacked by Christian, lurks ever closer to tarnish the couple’s picture-perfect marriage.
With a handful of drama, featuring a gun stashed in the drawer, helicopters crashing in mountains and kidnappings aplenty, the 3rd movie will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Perfect for: reliving Anastasia and Christian’s love and discovering how it will flourish
When to watch: 14/02, GO Stars (channel 140) at 21:45
Starring Mariah Robinson and Vivica A. Fox, The Wrong Valentine follows Emily Marshall as she unwittingly attracts the attention of a dangerous admirer in David Olson. Having recently lost her father, Emily finds herself drawn to David’s feelings of being an outsider. As Valentine’s Day approaches, however, her newfound romance quickly turns sour as David begins to get possessive and aggressive. With the help of guidance counselor Ms. Connelly, Emily must discover why she has become the target of David’s obsession before it’s too late.
Perfect for: experiencing the darker side of love
When to watch: 14/02, GO Stars (channel 140) at 23:30
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