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Nine date night movies for geeks

Edmond Woychowsky lists films that satisfy his geeky expectations for a movie and his wife's non-geeky expectations. Share your geeky date night picks.

Edward Scissorhands

As the geek-half of a mixed marriage (my wife isn't a geek), I'm constantly searching for movies that fit both of our needs for those nights when the kids are out. This is my compiled "safe" movie list:

The list may seem somewhat odd, but each movie has something for both of us. In Kate & Leopold, there's time travel and causality for me and romance and Hugh Jackman for my wife. Now this doesn't mean all time travel romances are good date night options; those genre flicks need a happy ending, which is why The Time Traveler's Wife doesn't make the list.

Edward Scissorhands is the lone "horror" movie on the list. It has Johnny Depp for my wife and Vincent Price as an eccentric (and possibly mad) scientist for me. While the ending isn't as much happy as it is hopeful, it still counts for something.

What Women Want is the tale of a self-centered, chauvinistic man who, after an accident, gains the ability to hear what women are thinking. Initially, he uses his newfound power for self gain, but his new insight changes his outlook on life and his relationships with women. While my wife likes the story and Mel Gibson, I'm more of a fan of the telepathy.

Solaris is the story of a psychologist (played by George Clooney) on a distant space station where the dead are alive again and totally unaware of their former situation. The psychologist's objectivity becomes unglued when confronted by the return of his late wife. Both of us enjoy the fact that the movie questions the nature of reality and how people perceive it.

For more date night options, check out Jay Garmon's list of the top five sci-fi/fantasy chick flicks:

What film suggestions would you add to this list? Tell us in the discussion.

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56 comments
ddgeekgrrl
ddgeekgrrl

I have tried and failed so many times to find a movie to share. Head's up: Pi doesn't work (LOL!). I loved it but my partner fell asleep. Oh well! It would be much easier for me to list geek movies that I enjoyed, but which sent my partner to sleep or to play on facebook. I am not a big Solaris fan, but we did both enjoy K-Pax (was I the only geek in the US that enjoyed that flick?), ET and Groundhog Day. The Lake House, Big Fish, Bicentennial Man, and Minority Report worked for both of us, as well. This weekend, we have rented The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It has definite potential, but I'll have to wait till Monday to let you know if it is a successful non-and-geek movie for us. If we can add in tv shows - since they are easily rented and watched for date night - I would also include the first season of Heroes, Numb3rs, and Torchwood in the mix. Didi

sboverie
sboverie

The Clooney movie was the more understandable version of this story; but it still fails to bring out the message from the Stanislov Lem's story. The message is that before we explore other worlds that we should understand ourselves better. Solaris was a huge planet with some interesting events happening on it. The scientists were studying the planet for a long time and were starting to realize that there was an intelligence there behind different phenomenon. That intelligence was hard to understand because it did not behave in ways that the scientists could identify as conscious or intelligent. The scientists were confronted with something from their past that was very intense and shameful. Those things had an irrational compunction to be in sight of the person at all times. The question that does not get answered is whether Solaris was trying to communicate or was just reacting to the strongest emotions in each person.

jjenkins
jjenkins

Considering the path these movie suggestions went, I'm surprised no one mentioned any of Jackie Chan's older movies. Rumble in the Bronx, anyone?

Snak
Snak

This post suggests for me, another Geek Movie List: the movie with the most stupid premise. Whilst The Return of the Son of The Rampaging Killer Fruit Bat (or films of that 1950's ilk - you get the idea) might be contenders, for me Edward Scissorhands actually takes the biscuit - or at least, it would if he could pick the biscuit up. What a stupid waste of celluloid that film is.

Slvrknght
Slvrknght

Now, my list also includes showings for the history geek in me: "Princess Mononoke" (1997) "The Lion in Winter" (1968) "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947) "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1944) - Come on, the movie had Peter Lorre in it, for Christ's Sake! And, how could I forget: "Harvey" (1950) I suppose I could add to that list any of the Marx Brothers movies and I'd be safe. I grew up with a lot of classic films in my house.

stephanisat_z
stephanisat_z

Star Trek (J.J. Abrams), Star Trek: First Contact, Total Recall, Stargate, and Frequency. Of course, being a geek girl puts a twist on things, but geek guys, here's a tip: almost anything w/Kurt Russell will be a good choice for a date night.

antplate
antplate

Hehe, I also remember recommending Todd Solondz excellent 'Happiness' film with one ex-girlfriend, then going back to her parents house to watch it (she was temporarily living with them) and then learning her parents had chosen to watch it with us... she was cool, but not sure what the parents thought of me afterwards. Oddly I bonded more with my now fiance afterwards Shane Meadows brilliantly excellent (and highly recommended by us!) debut film 'A Room For Romeo Brass'.. funny, dark but very heart-warming.

zzdobrusky
zzdobrusky

I liked Dark City... I think non-geek people like sci-fi movies when its main idea is not about sci-fi

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

[i]Big Fish[/i] and [i]Zorro[/i]. Antonio and Anthony. How could you? :0

hcwtbase
hcwtbase

I think you missed 'Die Hard Live Free ' which show the potential ills of the cyber society we now live in and Bruce Willis generates a lot of action too.

lore1002
lore1002

Don Juan DeMarco made a true romantic of my husband. Chocolate is also lovely with its magical realism. Three others that are always fun, though not romantic, are Galaxy Quest, Men in Black, and Mars Attacks! While I have not seen The Time-Travelers Wife, both of us absolutely loved the book.

matthew.lunsford
matthew.lunsford

Since you like "Groundhog Day," might I suggest "12:01."

jtankard
jtankard

Anyone remember Labyrinth from the 80s with David Bowie?

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

That is a good one. Has bits of everything.

wgd
wgd

Such a bizarre/great movie. :)

wgd
wgd

The Clooney version is perfectly good and very approachable, but if you are in for a night a classic Russian art cinema, you must check out Andrei Tarkovsky's original film version of Solaris. Some minor changes from the novel, but does a better job IMHO of bringing forth the different themes of the book in a very powerful way.

bob.weaver
bob.weaver

If you're going there, be sure to check out the older 'The Big Brawl' or as it got retitled "Battle Creek Brawl'.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Classic, twisted fun. Yeh. That's a goodie. :D

Tink!
Tink!

If you're going to go that route (I was leaving anime out of my list) you should include Howl's Moving Castle Spirited Away

glelems
glelems

Don't forget "Captain Ron"

Tink!
Tink!

with Stargate and Total Recall My non-geek husband likes original Star Trek cast, nothing beyond. Myself I go up to Next Generation and quit there.

guardian
guardian

Try "Timeline" for a twist. You will like it for the geek value AND romance (a 2-fer) and your husband 'cause things blow up, bad guys get it, battle scenes, etc. Tom

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

Follow Me, Boys! (even though he wasn't the star), The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Now You See Him, Now You Don't, The Strongest Man in the World, Escape from New York, Escape from L.A, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Miracle, Overboard, Executive Decision, Stargate

Tink!
Tink!

It has mystery, romance and leaves you guessing til the end. As the geek half of my marriage, I love sci-fi but hubby can only take so much. If it is too unrealistic he doesn't really care for it. Aeon Flux Equilibrium

arthurborges
arthurborges

True sci-fi is about what how you would happen if we changed a single important fact in the givens of your daily life.

jck
jck

Dogma (for that atheist girl you wanna watch a movie with) The Sweetest Thing or Almost Like Heaven (for that romantic girl who appreciates your softer side) Stripes or Caddyshack (for that girl who can appreciate 70s and 80s humor and actually knows who Ted Knight and Rodney Dangerfield are)

arthurborges
arthurborges

You mean any real woman would get overwarmed by such a tubby green giant? No wonder the Caucasian population of the USA is nosediving!

Ed Woychowsky
Ed Woychowsky

Because the kids bought that movie "for mom" as a gift a couple of years back.

SMparky
SMparky

I've found women like The Matrix, and V for Vendetta, Aliens (the second one with the little girl in it) and even 300, as long as you can convince them to watch the first few minutes. Don't let them look at the case or read what they're about before hand. A horrible date night movie is Sin City. I can't see a women enjoying that at all considering the disturbing topics it covers.

BobNRay
BobNRay

Former military, current taxi driver Bruce Willis, chase scenes, fights, wise-cracking, beautiful protaganist, evil bad guys, sexual tension, space travel, romance, girl-gets-guy/guy-gets-girl ... saves the world. Let's see, did I leave anthing out?

patwashburn
patwashburn

I like movies with science in them. "Contact" is a favorite, but I also like "The Dish" and "October Sky," which both celebrate the wonders of discovery. Wish there were more movies with strong women in the alpha geek roles!

arthurborges
arthurborges

A true sweetie: troubling moments rounded out with moments of great beauty and ending on a note of happy hope. Then there's always "Room With a View" or (if you can find it) "Apple Game" by Vera Chytilova and practically anything by Lena Weimuller -- the last is advised only if you've no hang-ups about stepping down off the high happy horse of macho pseudoheroic posing.

jr.switlik
jr.switlik

Try "Riddick the chronicles of" in the middle of the night! Blade Runner with fantastic music

Tink!
Tink!

Moved this one over to the "Disturbing" topic. :D

Tink!
Tink!

Gotta love "Big Trouble in Little China"! That one is sooo much fun! Overboard too.

dlindnerjr
dlindnerjr

Tombstone (my favorite Kurt Russell film) and Breakdown. Both are action packed and appeal to the ladies as well.

jevvv
jevvv

Have to agree with you on those three, and also on hubby's oppinion- matches my hubby's ;)

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Particular the drills at the end when they win the competition. I like that sort of drill stuff. [i]Drumline[/i] was great for that kind of thing.

richard.east
richard.east

I am unaware of the meaning of this- What is a baseball glove thing? - I presume it's an American expression..... and I am a long time resident of the "mother country" (UK) and, sorry, do not know. Please enlighten me.

LouCed
LouCed

My wife enjoys action movies, so I have to agree with the above posts :) When all her friends had Duran Duran posters as kids, she had Chuck Norris.

night
night

I have to agree with the original poster..... My wife, the eterenal chick-flick queen, loves the die hard movies so this film is a definite for our list!

jevvv
jevvv

lol - I liked it, hubby didn't I think the point here is that in our mixed marriage I'm the geek, not him ;)

Tink!
Tink!

A bit over-the-top with certain specifics, but overall was an enjoyable movie for both geek and non-geek.

guardian
guardian

It has everything for both parties: Time Travel Things blow up People fall in love Bad guys eat it Happy ending Best sci-fi romance ever produced... Tom

jck
jck

General Barnicke: Where the hell have you been, soldier? Bill Murray: TRAINING SIR! General Beanicke: What kind of training, son? Bill Murray:AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARMY TRAINING SIR! :^0 I love that movie...especially the use of a wisk and an ice cream scoop...I think that movie and the oil massage scene from Caddyshack made me into the King of Swill and the rascally guy I am. ]:)

richard.east
richard.east

Thanks, so much! - By the way this is not aimed at you jevvv As for the bitching about who won independence from whom, and whether we (Great Britain) can survive without you (USA) ... realistically no. But you seem to forget that we (Britain/France/Holland + others) were the start of your *great* country and the only reason that we left you alone in 1776 was 'cos it was too expensive to kick your a**ses back into line. And when we ask for help you usually turn up several years later(WW2) if at all (Suez) - and you don't learn from others mistakes (Vietnam,Afghanistan, etc.)

jevvv
jevvv

the present the kiddos get their for their parents when they really want it for themselves A more adult version in our house is a Skill-Saw Blade present.

Histrion2
Histrion2

These days, everyone's remembering Tron - cuz there's a sequel coming out later this year. Although I have a hard time picturing the original as a date movie.

lowtimeppl
lowtimeppl

Before anyone arrived on your shores, there was no-one there. So ultimately you are, like it or not, still linked to back here. Live with it.

Stan.Williams
Stan.Williams

Now back to the movies - does anyone remember "Tron"? Or is it mentioned further down on the post?

psingleton
psingleton

As am I...and hey, Great Britain may be where the founding fathers were from, we're the ones you have to call whenever you get in over your head, doesn't sound like a "mother" to me.

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