Boogie Nights, Probably Not: First Date Movies

Cover of "Wings of Desire (Special Editio...
Cover of Wings of Desire (Special Edition)

I was out this afternoon.  Standing in line at the deli was someone who acted like Elliot in True Romance.  So the deli kid (20ish with a name badge that read Harley) and I sort of smiled at each other when the Elliot character left.  I asked the deli service person if he had ever seen True Romance.  He said no.

“Who’s in it?”

I start listing them off.  “Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Val…”

“Would it be a good first date movie?”

This stopped me short because for me it would be a terrific first date movie.  Then I thought about where we were:  northern San Diego County where people don’t watch movies with subtitles.

“It depends on the girl,” I said thinking that this film might not meet beach bunny standards.

I found out that she was “kind of active.”  I thought about them being 20 or so and thought OK I’ll give it a try.

“I know a really cute movie that’s fun and romantic and even sweet, Bread and Tulips. [Pane e Tulipani],but you have to read subtitles.”

“Subtitles!”  He looked at me as though I were asking the impossible.  OK, I gave it a shot.  It didn’t fly.

I told him I would think about it and give him some suggestions next time I was in.

So, I’ve been thinking about it.  My first date movie list—High Fidelity, Pane e Tulipani, True Romance, The Big Lebowski, Our Man in Havana, Der Himmel über Berlin, Amor Es Perros, Habla Con Ella—is not going to work.  Wait, I forgot Mr. Hulot’s Holiday and Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast.

So, all you hep cat story lovers, I am asking for your help.  What films would you recommend for 20-somethings on a first date?

Harley is waiting for suggestions.

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