With dark, drizzly days and constantly cold weather, February is hardly the jolliest of months at the best of times, but add social distancing and lockdown and it’s fair to say we all need some cheering up this year. So, to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and help lift spirits, we asked some of our lovely people at Prodec to tell us their favourite romantic films. We hope you like our choices, and have a very happy Valentine’s Day – now kick off your shoes, open a box of chocolates and settle in for some suitably slushy viewing.
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Lee Ellams, Head of Marketing
A contemporary, comic tale of the trials and tribulations of relationships, Crazy, Stupid, Love has Lee’s vote for a winning Valentine’s Day movie. With an all-star cast, including Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, Crazy, Stupid, Love tells the cautionary story of Cal Weaver, a conventional, middle-aged guy with a decent job, good house, great children and marriage to Emily, his high school sweetheart, whose seemingly picture-perfect world implodes when his wife demands a divorce. His subsequent misadventures, as he stumbles through the modern dating jungle, for which he is totally unprepared, make for often hilarious viewing. With several romantic side stories, commendably conveyed by the stellar cast, there is never a dull moment in this quirky comic tale. Lee certainly agrees, as he says: ‘It has such a great cast, is brilliantly acted, super funny in places and really enjoyable throughout!’
Leap Year (2010)
Lindsay Harriss, Copywriter and Content Creator
Starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode, Leap Year is Lindsay’s romantic film of choice. A particularly appropriate February film option, it tells the tale of real-estate stager Anna Brady, from Boston, who decides to follow her cardiologist boyfriend to Dublin, where he’s attending a conference, so she can propose to him on Leap Day, 29 February, according to local tradition. However, her plan goes awry, and she finds herself stranded in the small village of Dingle, where she recruits grumpy inn keeper Declan O’Callaghan to get her to the city on time. What begins as thinly veiled animosity between the two, eventually ends in romance, by way of a comical trek through the countryside of Ireland. Lindsay says: ‘It may be ever-so cheesy and full of slightly suspect Irish accents, but Leap Year is my guilty pleasure for Valentine’s Day viewing. With a combination of beautiful Irish scenery, great comic writing and a touching happy ending, it makes for the perfect feel-good film to while away a dark February night.’