Valentine’s Day may be over, but that’s no reason why all the love and kilig should end! Celebrate love in all its glorious forms all year round with these marvelous movies.
This unlikely story of the world’s most beautiful actress unexpectedly falling in love with a Notting Hill bookshop owner has got to be one of the best chick flicks of all time. Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, a killer soundtrack, and a charming supporting cast make this a true classic. Watch it with your BFF and a pint of ice cream each—and giggle away as you speak the line “And don’t forget… I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” Stream now on Netflix.
Tanging Yaman (A Change of Heart)
This is a story many Filipinos can relate to as it portrays two things important in our lives—family and faith. Estranged siblings return home when their mother’s dementia begins to worsen. Old resentments and past issues slowly begin to rise to the surface, and we witness the strength of a matriarch hoping to reconcile her children and grandchildren. This movie showcases the best of Philippine cinema complete with a stellar cast—Gloria Romero, Johnny Delgado, Edu Manzano, and Dina Bonnevie. Available on iTunes for P499.
A Crazy Little Thing Called Love
This Thai romantic comedy is about a teenage girl with a secret crush on her senior classmate—an all-too-familiar story for most of us. In order to impress him, she goes on a journey of reinventing herself, leading to an amazing self-discovery and one very important lesson. Starring Fern Pimchanok and Mario Maurer, this laugh-out-loud movie perfectly captures the cheesiness, awkwardness, and heartbreak of first love. Available on Amazon for $18.92
Four Sisters and A Wedding
Gabby (Shaina Magdayao) tells her sisters to come home because their only and youngest brother CJ (Enchong Dee) is about to get married to a girl they do not approve of. Soon, secrets and grudges among Teddie (Toni Gonzaga), Bobbie (Bea Alonzo), and Alex (Angel Locsin) come bubbling up as they discover the hardships and joys that are part and parcel of being a family. With its funny one-liners and tear-jerking confrontation scenes, this film by highly acclaimed director Cathy Garcia-Molina has gained quite a cult following. Stream now on Amazon Prime for $5.99 (rent).
On the Greek island of Kalokairi, a single mom goes on a frenzy as her bride-to-be daughter invites all three of her ex-lovers to the wedding on a quest to find out who her father is among them. Chaos ensues, and the characters belt out classic tunes of pop group ABBA as new love blooms and old romance rekindles. Top billed by the wonderful Meryl Streep, this film will have you dancing and singing at the top of your lungs. Stream now on Netflix.