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6 Movies To Avoid On A First Date

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In the 1976 film Taxi Driver, the character of Travis Bickle, played by actor Robert De Niro, famously takes a first date to a porno movie. The date ends quickly. And that awkward incident is a reminder that movie dates can be tricky at the best of times. Going to the movies on a first date can be especially tricky. You want to see a movie that will leave both parties in a good and energetic mood with lots of positive energy. However, many people make the mistake of seeing the wrong movie on a date and it can potentially ruin a budding relationship. Whether the movie is too violent, contains too much graphic sex, or just a depressing ending, taking a date to the wrong type of film on a date can have disastrous consequences. So, in an effort to be helpful, here are six movies to avoid on a first date.

6. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

Billed as a love story between the two main characters, played by actors Nicolas Cage and Elizabeth Shue, Leaving Las Vegas is actually a very depressing meditation on alcoholism and suicide. And while the two main actors have great chemistry, the movie contains one heartwrenching scene after another leading up to an incredibly sad and depressing ending. The 1995 film, directed by Mike Figgis, basically involves watching the character played by Nicolas Cage drink himself to death as a hooker played by Elizabeth Shue watches helplessly and tries in vain to save him. Engrossing and well-made, this movie is nevertheless a total downer for a first date. Safe to say that nobody will want to grab a drink after seeing this movie.

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5. Blue Valentine (2010)

The 2010 movie Blue Valentine is another example of a critically acclaimed film promoted as a love story that is actually a tearjerker about the disintegration of a marriage. During the movie, audiences watch as the characters played by actors Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams implode personally and within their relationship. Sad, depressing and with an ending that packs an emotional punch, the debut film by director Derek Cianfrance is a grim and excruciatingly raw portrait of a toxic marriage. The relationship in the movie seems to blossom only so that it can shatter and then unravel. This is a movie with a very bleak view of love. It basically asserts that all love is doomed. Not the right note to start any relationship on.

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4. Antichrist (2009)

Directed by Lars Von Trier, the 2009 movie Antichrist contains some of the most extreme, masochistic, and violent sex ever in a movie. This includes violent masturbation, genital mutilation, graphic horror scenes, and a nihilistic ending. The movie concerns a sad couple, played by actors Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe, who are grieving over the death of their infant son and then retreat to a cabin in the woods where they decide that the best way to get over their grief is to subject themselves to unrelenting pain. Many of the scenes are sure to turn stomachs and leave people feeling absolutely awful. If the disturbing and violent sex scenes don’t ruin your libido, perhaps you need to see a psychiatrist.

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3. Shame (2011)

About a man, played by actor Michael Fassbender, who is addicted to sex, Shame is graphic and extreme, and it shows sex as a purely mechanical act for people who have a compulsion to perform it all the time. The pornography that runs throughout the film will make people squirm, and there is also a depressing subplot involving a suicidal sister, played by actress Carey Mulligan, to make things even sadder and bleaker. People hoping to set the mood with a movie should avoid this one, which paints sex in a cold and brutal light. The only positive moments in the movie comes when the Michael Fassbender character takes a break from his sex addiction to go jogging.

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2. The Woodsman (2004)

The Woodsman, starring Kevin Bacon and his real life wife Kyra Sedgwick, is actually a very good movie—with great acting, a strong script and decent directing and pacing. The problem with this film is the subject matter… it’s about a child molester. Kevin Bacon plays a man who spends 12 years in prison for child molestation and then returns home to start a new life. And it’s not like the character has been wrongly convicted. He admits to molesting children and the movie focuses on his struggle to not give into his impulses once released from jail. Uncomfortable to say the least, this movie is hard for couples to sit through, even after they’ve been together for years. Playing this movie on a first date would be an absolute disaster. It will leave everyone involved feeling sad and wanting to take a shower. Avoid it.

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1. Fatal Attraction (1987)

The ultimate cautionary tale about having an affair, 1987’s Fatal Attraction is about a married man, played by actor Michael Douglas, who has an affair with an unhinged woman, played by actress Glenn Close. The Glenn Close character then proceeds to stalk the man she had an affair with and terrorize his family. Kidnapped children, suicide attempts, a boiled bunny rabbit and a terrifying ending are just a few of the reasons to avoid this movie on a first date. It makes modern relationships look positively terrifying. Popular when first released, the movie today plays like one long lesson in how to stalk and frighten people. You know it’s a bad sign when the happiest thing that takes place in a movie is a killing at the very ending. People wanting to get a relationship off to a good start should avoid Fatal Attraction at all costs.

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