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We create our Date Night Bucket List every year as a way of getting out of our normal date night routine and doing something that we wouldn't normally do every once and a while. Each month when I sit down to plan out our date nights, I make sure to consider those date nights on our list as well as other fun events and activities in our area. But the truth is, our go to favorite date idea is always dinner out and then curling up on the couch to watch a movie together. The first couple years of our marriage, our obstacle was always what we should watch. I prefer chick flicks and Joe prefers action or the type of comedy that you find in movies like Happy Gilmore. Now, rather than suffering through each other's movie choice, we've found movies that we both enjoy. If you're one of those couples who sometimes struggles to find something that you'll both have fun watching, I hope you'll find something on this list that you both like!
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Red 1 & 2 - These two movies are probably our absolute favorites to watch. I don't remember how we discovered the first movie, but it was an instant hit with us! These movies don't get enough credit, and they are PERFECT for date night! Both of them have a good combination of comedy, action and romance. The second movie has all sorts of inside jokes that refer to the first movie and I honestly couldn't pick a favorite out of the two of them. We haven't watched them in a year so I think we'll be adding them to our date night agenda soon!
Marvel Comics - These movies are a bit more action than I know some people prefer, but I really love them. The Ironman trilogy is probably my favorite out of all of the movies. Charlene from Enduring All Things shared a fun date idea last year when she and her husband, Pearson, had a Marvel marathon in anticipation of the next movie release. There's a new Marvel movie coming out this spring and I'm thinking that a movie marathon (probably drawn out over a few weeks) might be perfect for relaxing together after I graduate.
Harry Potter Series - When Joe and I first started hanging out, he had never seen any of the Harry Potter movies. (He's also to this day only read a couple of the books, so we probably need to go on some long road trips and listen to the audio books.) In the first month of our relationship, we watched all of the Harry Potter movies. (Was the last one out in 2010, maybe we watched that in theaters later? I can't remember...) A couple of years later, I bought him the boxed set for Christmas. It is my goal to create a tradition surrounding the anniversary of when we started dating where we have a month long marathon and watch them all again. Each year I have the best intentions to start this tradition, maybe this year will be the year that it actually happens.
Hitch - This movie is a classic one! Is there anyone out there who hasn't referenced the 90/10 at some point in their life? When Joe kissed me for the first time, I kept thinking that he may be trying that trick, but he says that he was just teasing me. Favorite part of this movie? The inhaler throw down!
50 First Dates - Ok, so this one is more of a chick flick, but it has Adam Sandler and a lot of quirky humor so I feel like it's one that Joe and I both enjoy. We haven't watched it a lot, but it's a good one.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days - This is a movie that Joe isn't necessarily a fan of, but I've had multiple guys tell me that it's one of the only chick flicks that they will watch. Maybe your husband will like it!
The Proposal - This movie hasn't been around long enough for me to maybe call it a classic, but I'm going to call it one anyway. It's another movie that Joe isn't a fan of but that multiple guys have told me they really enjoy. I personally think Joe predetermined that because it was a "chick flick", he wasn't going to like it. ;) It's next on my list to watch when I have some free time of my own!
Date Night - I'm sure this movie will be even more funny as our family grows and date night becomes a bigger deal to us each week when it gets harder to find alone time as a couple. Tina Fey and Steve Carell are hilarious as always and we laugh through the entire movie! I also like that the premise is based on a couple realizing that their marriage is stagnant so they decide to do something out of the ordinary to make it better.
What movies do you enjoy watching as a couple that aren't on this list? I'd love to hear your favorites, even if they're one of the types of movies that I said Joe and I can't watch together! ;)