At long last, Fall has arrived and with it cooler weather, shitty pumpkin spice and finally an excuse to spend your night in, making out on the couch with your honey bunny. October is prime cuddle season and movie nights are the perfect place to practice this snuggly pleasure.
Choosing a movie to smooch to can be hard. It’s important to find a balance between an enjoyable cinematic narrative and the fact that you’ll likely be too distracted with lip-locking to actually watch it. A make-out movie shouldn’t be so complicated that a ten-minute distraction would spoil the experience. Avoid films like Mulholland Drive, Memento or Run Lola Run that require a lot of attention and focus. Violent, depressing or gory movies aren’t the best choice either, because they’re just boner-killers. No one feels romantic with Amistad, Reservoir Dogs or Clockwork Orange in the background. Finding an ideal make-out movie can be a tricky decision, but don’t fret! Say goodbye to frustrating scrolls through Netflix or HBOGo (You lucky dog!) NYU Local is saving you more time for canoodling with this helpful list of the 9 greatest films to only sort-of watch.
If a terrifying extra-terrestrial bursting out of an unsuspecting spaceman’s chest doesn’t make you grab your cuddle-buddy’s hand, we don’t know what will. Director Ridley Scott’s famous sci-fi horror flick, starring Sigourney Weaver as a badass monster-killer, is surprisingly sexy. The disturbingly loud sound effects, Sigourney’s sweaty half-fro and her minute to minute gripping run-ins with death are certain to raise your blood pressure. The alien isn’t even that scary if you close your eyes when he’s on screen. After everyone on board the Nostromo is pretty much dead, you and your date will be free to make-out with the confidence that Sigourney’s got it handled. If it’s going to be a long night, the franchise has loads of sequels to keep the party going.
She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
Spike Lee’s film about the infamously luscious Nola Darling is the perfect combination of sexy and sweet. The movie is full of nudity and candles, if you’re looking for inspiration. It’s lighter side alleviates any potential awkwardness and it’s visually stunning in a crispy black and white. Nola is a free-spirited, capricious young lady who is involved with three very different men at the same time. Spike himself is hysterical as Mars Blackmon, one of Nola’s devotees. There’s an enormously long series of stills of Fort Greene in the beginning of the film which, although artistically fascinating, can be substituted with mack-time on the couch if necessary. Further into the movie, there’s another plotless dance sequence which is stunning and skippable. Film majors don’t hate us, your creative obsessions can be cock-blocky on occasion. Tommy Redmond Hicks’ forehead will allow for quality giggle time. Spike Lee is a Tisch alumnus, so you’re doing our school a great service by watching!
Say Anything (1989)
This romantic comedy, directed by Cameron Crowe, stars John Cusack as the lovable loser Lloyd Dobler. Desperately in love, Lloyd will stop at nothing to win the heart of Ione Skye (Diane Court), his school’s stunning valedictorian. The film includes a now iconic scene of true puppy-love devotion. Lloyd stands outside Ione’s house with a boombox over his head blasting Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.” #adorable. We literally have nothing more to say about the plot, because we were too busy making out the whole time.
As an almost flawless kiss-flick, this movie’s plot is simpler than a Ramen-noodle dinner. Alicia Silverstone stars at Cher, a Beverly Hills high school student who’s looking for love in all the wrong places. Based on the novel Emma by Jane Austen (We know, right?!), Clueless is your quintessential 90′s teen comedy. It’s a lackadaisical romp through a candy-coated, plastic California wonderland. Paul Rudd stars as Cher’s sexy stepbrother and the throwback bubblegum soundtrack is great for innocent spit swapping. Not to mention the song “Shoop” by Salt n’ Peppa is the way to start any fabulous night, “just chillin, chillin minding your business”. Once again, the film’s director Amy Heckering is a Tisch School of the Arts alumnus!
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Wes Anderson’s first film is slow like molasses and totally tune-outable. For the hippest of smooches, this movie stars Owen and Luke Wilson as buddies with a poorly constructed plan to pull several robberies. After helping Owen escape from a mental institution, Luke spends the rest of the film looking disappointed and cute. Owen’s character is named Dignan, so right off the bat you know it’s going to be cool. Most of the movie takes place in an abandoned motel in Texas. Luke’s character, Anthony, hooks up with a maid named Inés who barely speaks English. Not only will you impressive your significant other with your extensive knowledge of early-Wes Anderson, but you’ll also have plenty of time to doze off or get freaky without missing too many plot points.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Chances are, you either hate this movie or you love it. But you’re not writing this article, so it’s on the list! Ewan McGregor and Nicole “Ice Queen” Kidman sing and dance to death in this period melodramedy about a Parisian strip club at the turn of the 20th century. It’s hilarious to watch Obi-Wan Kanobi belt out Elton John’s “Your Song” in a giant elephant bedroom. The film is romantic, goofy and contains a pretty awesome original song by Fatboy Slim. It’s high energy and colorful, but as easy to take as a shot of Burnettes. If nothing else, it’s tremendously expensive soundtrack copyrights are laudable and impressive. You may start making-out just to escape such an overstimulating spectacle.
Yes, we’re serious. This documentary chronicles the journey of eight awkward teens vying for the title of National Spelling Bee Champion, 1999. Not only is this film brilliant directed, compelling and informative, it’s also hysterically funny. Watch as the well-disciplined Nupur Lala battles with the pressure of her tiger father, Parag. Harry Altman’s complete inability to read social cues will have you in stitches. The competitors late-90′s attire is endlessly entertaining. You might even be inspired to enhance the rigor of your own academics. The movie’s slow pace makes it easy to abandon for moments at a time. Climax right along with Nupur as she attempts to spell “logorrhea” in the final round. With this make-out choice, you’ll make love your language of origin.
Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008)
Okay, so this film by Woody Allen stars Scarlett Johannson and should therefore only be used under especially sexy circumstances. Javier Bardem plays Juan Antonio, a horny painter who seduces Cristina (Johannson) and her friend Vicky (Rebecca Hall) during their vacation in Barcelona. Penelope Cruz plays Maria Elena, Juan’s psycho ex-wife. Basically, the film involves a great deal of love-making and just enough Castilian lisps to melt your hearts into a puddle of agua (water). Cruz won an Academy Award for the movie and hopefully her work with inspire you to perform just as well with your date.
This film about deep space stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. We hear it’s long and slightly boring. Take your smoochy-selves to the theaters this weekend and spice things up in there!
Good luck, readers. We hope this is a useful resource for current or future make-outpportunities. Sign up for OKCupid and go get ‘em!