Last week Megan Collins shared with us her breakup playlist. This week we return the favor by posting clips from the 10 movies we like to watch with a pint of Jeni’s Splendid ice-cream (PLUG!) and some good female BFFs. Enjoy…or at least try to, after you delete that jerk’s number from your cell for the last time.
Before Marky Mark became Mark Wahlberg: the actor in Boogie Nights, he did a decent job scaring the crap out of any girl who fell for the type of guy who would try to finger-bang you on a roller-coaster. See ladies? It could be worse: After you guys break up he could systematically try to hunt and kill your entire family.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
This is sort of considered a romantic movie when you’re in love, but it works just as well as a “people are horrible human beings who treat each other like dirt” movie during a break-up. Win-win?
Bet you were going to think I was going to say Annie Hall, didn’t you? But Manhattan’s got a much crueler, ironic undertone to the final lines of the film. It’s like choosing Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice” over “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue.” Yes, one is obvious because it’s great, but the other is so much more bitter. And that’s how you feel right now, isn’t it?
That being said, “Most of us need the eggs” is the quintessential analogy about relationships and why we keep going through the pain of it all, so watch it when you feel more stable and level-headed.
In the Company of Men
Enough misogyny in Neil LaBute‘s first film to make you want to be a lesbian. Watch Aaron Eckhart (the Dark Knight‘s Harvey Dent) as a more figurative Two Face, as he completely decimates a deaf girl’s life, just for the fun of it.
500 Days Of Summer
I’m not a huge fan of this film, but it gets props for billing itself as an anti-love story, and living up to that expectation. Unlike this scene, where Joseph Gordon’s hopes for how a dinner party will play out at his manic pixie crush’s apartment is contrasted with a split-screen in a heavy reality check.
And four bonus films without clips:
Breathless – When you’re young, French, in love, and end up turning in your boyfriend to the cops so he can get shot in the street like a dog.
Thelma and Louise – Watch after In the Company of Men.
Bridget Jones’ Diary – Okay, she gets two guys, not just one. But at least you won’t feel bad about all that ice-cream you’re eating.
Contempt – Another great Godard film about how much relationships suck: This one uses 30-minute long single shots in one apartment to show you how claustrophobic relationships get.
Heathers – Because sometimes a psycho guy isn’t worth it, even if he does look like Christian Slater and your friends all deserve to die.