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Movies for your next date night

Hollywood's two hottest A-list laughsters Steve Carell and Tina Fey seem destined to make Date Night magic — at least at the box office — this weekend in theaters. But do date movies always make for the perfect date night? We here at the etc. department of the Times consider ourselves experts on two things: Top 5 lists ... and movies with "date" in the title. (As for advice on dating itself? It's either us or Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker, and we charge a lot less.)

Top 5 movies with "date" in the title:

'Blind Date' (1987)

Bruce Willis (with hair!) and Kim Basinger (with a sense of humor!) live out history's worst first date. Leave it to John Larroquette, the cast's biggest star at the time thanks to TV's Night Court, to make matters worse by forcing Basinger to marry him instead.

Good for a date night?: Score! Unless you're dating Shrek, your evening will be a fairy tale compared to the one on screen.

Try this instead: Willis isn't a date-night kinda guy (Armageddon?), but cue up Basinger in Nine 1/2 Weeks and send the kids over to stay at the grandparents.

'50 First Dates' (2004)

Set for no particular reason in Hawaii, Drew Barrymore is recovering from a head injury that wipes out her short-term memory each morning, much to the frustration of the wooing Adam Sandler.

Good for a date night?: Funnyman Sandler makes all men more handsome by comparison. No joke.

Try this instead: Barrymore and Sandler made the near-perfect rom-com back in 1998 — The Wedding Singer.

'Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!' (2004)

The movie's title sort of gives away the plot, right? Josh Duhamel plays Tad, a spoiled actor who falls in love with the grocery clerk (Kate Bosworth) who wins the date with him. Topher Grace plays the obligatory role of crushed male friend.

Good for date night?: Warning! Squishy physiqued guys will suffer in comparison to six-packed Duhamel.

Try this instead: 2004's In Good Company, starring Grace and Scarlett Johansson.

'Date with an Angel' (1987)

An engaged man (Michael E. Knight) finds his life changed when he discovers an injured angel (Emmanuelle Béart) in his swimming pool. How cliche!

Good for date night? Better not. Guys will get fixated on co-star Phoebe Cates.

Try this instead: Any of Béart's French language flicks will earn major-league "sensitive man" points, we think.

'It's a Date' (1940)

Mother and daughter (Kay Francis and Deanna Durbin) compete for the same acting roles and men in this musical.

Good for date night? Heck no! The whole storyline is creepy by today's standards.

Try this instead: Durbin's other big 1940 movie, Spring Parade.

AVOID THESE: Ghost Date (2009), Night of the Living Date (1992), Zombies Ate My Prom Date (2008)

Movies for your next date night 04/09/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 9, 2010 9:00pm]
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