The Worst Valentine's Day Weekend Romantic Comedies of the Last Decade
Since the launch of Pajiba back in June of 2004, my primary beat has been the romantic comedy genre, which means I’ve spent every Valentine’s Day weekend for the last eight years suffering through the films that the Hollywood studio system wants us to think our romantic. If you ever want to know what love isn’t, spend Valentine’s Day in a multiplex. I feel bad for the poor bastards who want to take in a movie over that weekend, because — with the exception of the modestly pleasant Hitch in 2005 and better-than-most Definitely, Maybe in 2008 — it’s been a wasteland of pus-filled, infected hearts. That’s why I could not have been happier to allow TK to take over Valentine’s Day duties this year, and he obviously delivered big.
Here’s a quick rundown of the 9 worst movies Valentine’s Day choices since the beginning of Pajiba, with our movie-poster blurbs.
The Wedding Date (2005)
Date Movie (2006)
Music and Lyrics (2007)
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
Valentine’s Day (2010)
Just Go With It (2011)
The Vow (2012)
Safe Haven (2013)
If you’re curious, Safe Haven was the big winner on Valentine’s Day, but after the grosses were tallied for the entire weekend, A Good Day to Die Hard ($25 million) beat out Safe Haven ($21.4 million) and last week’s number one, Identity Thief ($23.4 million). That forgettable animated film that no one will remember next weekend, Escape from Planet Earth came in at number four with a disappointing $19 million, followed by February’s one truly romantic movie, the zombie com, Warm Bodies ($9 million, $50 million cumulative). The other new entry this weekend, Beautiful Creatures — despite being the best movie of the four new releases — struck out with only $7.4 million, pretty much dashing any hopes of a trilogy.
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