By Kaylee Brewster
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, many couples spend the evening with the classic dinner-and-a-movie combo.
But watching a movie can turn a romantic evening into a decision-making disaster when trying to come up with a film that both parties will enjoy. However, there is one universally accepted film that can solve all your problems on Valentine’s Day (or really any day): “The Princess Bride.”
For couples, it is the perfect movie for celebrating “twoo wuv.” Main characters Westley and Buttercup defy death and the wishes of a grumpy prince to be together. They fight for each other, protect each other and love each other. Unlike the grandson in the film, you won’t have to ask if it’s a kissing story, you’ll know right from the start.
If you’re single, this can also be the perfect movie. Many “Princess Bride” themes can be interpreted as satire, making fun of the nonsense of fairy tales and true love. This explains why Buttercup spends most of her time as a helpless damsel in distress and Westley is cast as a death-defying, over-the-top hero. Cynical singles can enjoy the sarcastic commentary while eating the greatest thing in the world that isn’t true love: a nice MLT — a mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich.
You could also completely ignore the romantic scenes and enjoy watching the side characters, Fezzik and Inigo. All of a sudden it’s no longer a love story, but a tale about two friends working together to get revenge.
If you’re looking to celebrate with a group of all singles, couples or a mix of the two, “The Princess Bride” is again the movie of choice. It has something for everyone: true love, fighting, great characters, good lines, comedy, heartfelt moments, fantasy and drama.
This pop culture favorite could please all members of your family — except maybe younger children. The film also showcases the familial love between a grandfather and his grandson, showing that true love isn’t always romantic.
So, if your Valentine’s Day plan includes the phrase “Let’s watch a movie,” all you have to say is, “As you wish.”