A first date can be both fun and very stressful. For some a first date is full of anxiety, nervousness and pressure. For others it might just be two people hanging out. A first date is the beginning of getting to know each other, which at times can be awkward and slightly uncomfortable. It can also be fun getting to know each other and creating a wonderful connection with another person. One of the most common first dates is to have dinner and watch a movie. Most people take the dinner into consideration. For example, going to McDonalds and letting her pay for her own happy meal might not be a good idea. Another important part of the first date is the potential movie. A movie date is possibly the most classic first date, regardless if it’s at the movie theatres, at home or the drive in. The tone, setting, plot and characters can help set the perfect mood for a first date. The right movie can increase the chances of cuddling and a great make out session.
However, the wrong movie could possibly send everything into a tailspin. There are some excellent movies that might not be a good choice for a first date. For both the man and the woman, the wrong movie can decrease the chances of cuddling and a make out session. Here is a look at 15 Awesome Movies You Should Never Watch On A First Date.
15. American Psycho
It’s safe to assume that with a title like American Psycho, you’re probably not getting a romantic drama with a beautiful and happy ending. Unless you want your date to think you’re addicted to cocaine, will seduce and eventually violently murder them you might want avoid American Psycho. American Psycho is a black comedy-horror film that revolves around a psychotic sociopath, Patrick Batmen, who seduces and murders women. He’s a good dresser, somewhat charming and all the ladies love him, until he brutally murders them. That might not be the best choice for a first date. Mary Harron directed American Psycho and it starred Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Chloe Sevigny and Reese Witherspoon. It was released on April 14th, 2000. Initially, some critics loved the film while other critics hated it. It did very well at the box office and later received positive reviews. It’s an excellent film that has gained in popularity over the years. However, for a first date this film doesn’t scream sweet romantic film.
14. 50 Shades of Grey
One would assume that an erotic thriller would make a great date night, but not for the first date and not if was one the most nominated films for the Golden Raspberry Awards. The plot revolves around a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, who enters into a sadomasochistic relationship with business magnate Christian Grey. The film in based on the book of the same name. Sam Taylor-Johnson directed the movie and it was released on February 13, 2015. It starred Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan and Marcia Gay Harden. The film is filled with sexuality with very little romance. The film did well at the box office but received mostly mixed reviews. The film was heavily criticized for its acting, pacing and writing. 50 Shades of Grey tied with Fantastic Four to win Worst Picture at the 36th Golden Raspberry Awards. Despite being all about sex it might give the wrong impression on a first date.
13. The Woodsman
The Woodsman revolves around Walter, a convicted child molester, who returns home after serving 12 years in prison. It’s an excellent film but it’s clearly not a romantic comedy that’ll set the right tone for a first date. Nicole Kassell directed the film, which was released in December 2004. It starred a fantastic cast including Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Benjamin Bratt, Mos Def, Eve and Michael Shannon. The film received positive reviews from critics with many praising Kevin Bacon’s performance. However, not even a show-stealing performance by Kevin Bacon could make this a good choice for a first date. There is a good chance that your date will feel uncomfortable sitting next to you through some of these scenes. It is a good movie worth checking out, just not on a first date. It’s better suited for when you’re married and your youngest child has just graduated from medical school.
The Saw series features a sick, sadistic serial killer named Jigsaw. He tortures his victims with elaborate traps and plays intense mind-games. Saw has become a Halloween classic but unless your first date is on October 31st, it might be wise to avoid this film on a first date. This goes for all Saw films but it was really the first film that did the best in the series. It’s highly recommended to avoid graphic violence that will cause horrific nightmares on a first date. Saw revolved around two men who awake in a dilapidated bathroom with one being ordered to kill the other. James Wan directed Saw and it starred Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Michael Emerson and Tobin Bell. It was released on October 29, 2004. It received mixed reviews upon its release but has since gained a cult following. It’s a great horror movie to watch on Halloween night but it’s a terrible choice for a romantic first date unless you want your date to be full of fear and dread.
11. Eyes Wide Shut
One would assume a film featuring orgies and beautiful people would make a perfect date movie. However, throw in Stanley Kubrick and everything changes. Eyes Wide Shut revolves around a young couple, Dr. Bill Harford and Alice. After Alice reveals that she contemplated an affair Bill goes on a night-long-sexually-charged adventure where he participates in a massive masked orgy with a secret society. Stanley Kubrick directed the film that was released on July 16th, 1999. It starred Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Sydney Pollack. Despite being sold as an erotic thriller many critics point out that the film has a much darker and complex story. Initially, the film received mixed reviews but has since become a favorite for Kubrick’s fans. However, it might be a good movie to avoid on a first date. Stanley Kubrick is one of the most iconic directors of all time but it might be a good idea to avoid all Kubrick films on a first date.
At first glance, Closer seems like the perfect date movie. It stars Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. However, at a closer look the film is clearly not the best idea for a first date. Natalie Portman plays a stripper who is hit by a car at the very start of the film. Not really the way to start off a first date. The film features lots of cheating and very little romance. In fact, there is nothing romantic about this film, especially the ending. The film revolves around two couples, Dan & Alice and Larry & Anna. Mike Nichols directed Closer, which was released on December 3, 2004. The film includes a scene where Dan (Jude Law) enters a chat room pretending to be Anna (Julia Roberts) and seduces/convinces Larry (Clive Owen) to meet Anna. It’s not really a romantic comedy but more of a dark and complex film about cheating. That’s not really the right tone for a first date.
9. Magic Mike
This is a perfect movie for a group of girlfriends who want to watch a movie with half naked sexy men. However, for a first date it might send the wrong impression or worse, get your date fantasizing about Channing Tatum. That goes for both men and women. Steven Soderbergh directed the film that was released on June 29, 2012. It starred Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn and Joe Manganiello. It was loosely based on Channing Tatum’s days as a stripper. The plot revolved around a 19 year old named Adam who enters the world of male stripping and is mentored by a veteran stripper. It’s a great film to watch but it might set the wrong tone for a first date. It was a box office success and was praised by many critics. However, if you’re a man it’s a poor choice for a first date and if you’re a woman, you’ve clearly already watched Magic Mike.
8. Blue Valentine
Blue Valentine is another excellent film that is worth watching at some point in life, just not on the first date. The film follows a married couple showing how they first met and the bitter end of their marriage. The film will take an emotional toll on the viewer and might set the wrong tone for a first date. It’s not really a slapstick comedy about opposites falling in love. Derek Cianfrance directed Blue Valentine that was released December 29, 2010. It starred Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Michelle Williams was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her phenomenal performance in Blue Valentine. It’s a great film that shows the struggles of a relationship and its inevitable end. However, that’s not really the right idea for a first date. It might be better to stick with a romantic comedy where the nerdy character gets the girl/guy. Regardless, Blue Valentine is a great movie to watch.
If you’re planning a romantic first date it might be a good idea to avoid an experimental horror film, which is directed by Lars von Trier, and starts with a child’s death. After losing their child, a couple retreats to a secluded cabin where the woman displays sadomasochism and violent sexual tendencies and the man experiences mysterious visions. It starred Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg and was released May 20, 2009. The film is the second instalment in Lars von Trier unofficial Depression trilogy. The film is broken down into a prologue, four chapters and an epilogue. If there is anyone unconvinced this excellent film would make a poor first date film, the four chapters are titled Grief, Pain (Chaos Regins), Despair (Gynocide) and The Three Beggers. The film features intense sex and extreme violence. That clearly doesn’t scream romantic first date. It might be a good idea to avoid this film on a first date and possibly not until the wedding night… wait, that’s a bad idea too.
Shame is a critically acclaimed film that is praised for its tremendous directing and phenomenal cast. The film revolves around sex addiction, so it’s probably not a great idea to watch this film on the first date or possibly any subsequent dates. Honestly, just wait till you’re married to watch this movie with your significant other. The plot revolves around Brandon and delves into his sex and p*rn addiction. Steve McQueen directed the film, which was released January 13, 2012. It starred Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. The film received an NC-17 rating because of its dark and intense sexual nature. The film is considered one of the best films of 2012. Generally, Michael Fassbender and nudity make a great film, however in this case it doesn’t make a great first date movie. It might give off the wrong impression…
5. Old Boy
Old Boy is a South Korean mystery film that is known for its disturbing and violent images. It’s a great movie to watch but certainly not on a first date. The plot follows Oh Dae-su who is mysteriously imprisoned in a hotel room for 15 years without knowing the reason for his capture. Upon his sudden release he sets out to find out the reason for his imprisonment and to gain vengeance. The film features intense violence, incest and a character cutting out their own tongue. Clearly, these are not the key ingredients to a successful romantic first date. Park Chan-wook directed the film, which starred Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae and Kang Hye-jung. It was released on May 15, 2004. Spike Lee directed an American remake in 2013. The film received praise for its complex plot and directing. The film is known for its disturbing violence and uncomfortable situations. It’s an excellent film but probably not the film that will lead to a hot make-out session.
4. Fatal Attraction
With a title like Fatal Attraction it’s safe to assume this is not a romantic comedy about two best friends falling in love. Fatal Attraction is probably not the best way to start off a potential relationship. It features infidelity, stalking, obsession and a pet rabbit getting boiled in a pot. The plot follows a married man who has an affair with a woman who won’t let it end and becomes obsessed with him. Adrian Lyne directed Fatal Attraction and it starred Michael Douglas, Anne Archer and Glenn Close. It was released on September 18, 1987. Glenn Close portrays Alex Forrest who is widely regarded one of the greatest villains in cinema history. Fatal Attraction was one of the highest grossing films of 1987. It was nominated for several awards at the Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It was critically and universally acclaimed and is worth watching. However, it might not be the best choice for a first date.
3. Blue Velvet
If you’re looking to watch a cinematic masterpiece, then Blue Velvet is the movie for you. If you’re hoping to get your date all hot and bothered you might want to watch a slightly less disturbing film. The film revolves around Jeffrey Beaumont who finds a severed ear and his curiosity sends him into direct connect with a mysterious woman and a sick, sadistic sociopath. David Lynch directed Blue Velvet, which was released on September 19, 1986. It starred Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini and Dennis Hopper. Dennis Hopper was praised for his chilling performance as the ruthless and evil Frank Booth. Initially the film received mixed reviews. Some critics absolutely loved the film while others hated it. It has gained popularity and is now considered one of the greatest films ever made.
2. Schindler’s List
Schindler’s List is one of the greatest films of all time. It’s a cinematic masterpiece that is beautifully shot. It’s been praised for its writing, directing and cinematography. It’s a classic movie with an important story that should be watched by everyone. However, it’s highly recommended not to watch this film on a first date. To be honest it’s a sad and heartbreaking movie on many different levels. Not the best idea for a first date… maybe a second date. Schindler’s List tells the true story of an ethnic German businessman, Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of a thousand mostly Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust. Steven Spielberg directed Schindler’s List that was released on December 15, 1993. It starred Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes. It won several Academy Awards, including, Best Picture and Best Director. It is an excellent film that truly is one of the greatest but it doesn’t make a very good first date film.
1. A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange is a critically acclaimed and highly controversial film that is a great choice for film students to watch but probably a poor choice for a first date. Iconic filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, directed A Clockwork Orange, which starred Malcolm McDowell, Miriam Karlin, Adrienne Corri and Patrick Magee. It was released on February 2, 1972. The film takes place in a dystopian future and revolves around a charismatic, delinquent sociopath named Alex and his gang of friends that enjoy “ultra-violence”, classical music and r*pe. The film follows the gangs disturbing crime spree and controversial rehabilitation. The film caused a considerable amount of controversy due to its violent and disturbing images that comment on juvenile delinquency, gangs, political and social issues. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and is listed on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies. It was also listed on Time’s ‘Top 10 Ridiculously Violent Movies’. The film initially received an X rating in America and was withdrawn from British cinema due to several copycat crimes. This clearly isn’t a movie to watch if you’re hoping for a good first date.