How to Make That First-Date Movie Count

Porn, as we learned from Mr. Bickle, is not a good idea
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2008 3:26 PM CDT
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(Newser) – "The difference between marital bliss and a train wreck of a relationship is the difference between Charlie Wilson's War and Saw IV, " writes Peter Hartlaub in the San Francisco Chronicle. There's no overestimating the power of that first-date movie. How to walk the tightrope:

  • Bad isn't bad: Think brainless Matthew McConaughey bad, not brain-exploding Dane Cook bad.

  • No porn, dude: Seriously. You'd think Taxi Driver would have drilled this one home. Also, no Taxi Driver.
  • No epics: If Braveheart seems like an awesome first-date movie to you, study this list like a textbook.
  • No hot actors: If it's a choice between Paul Giamatti and Brad Pitt as your leading man for the evening, think about which one is substantially more attractive than you.