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What is your favorite first date movie?

Asked at Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. on April 6, 2009

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“‘Knocked Up’ or anything with Seth Rogan.”

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“‘American Pie.’ It’s pretty hilarious —good characters.”

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“‘Sleepless in Seattle.’ It’s a classic — never gets old.”

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“‘Legend’ with Will Smith because of the action, and he is my favorite actor.”

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hitme 5 years ago

Passion of The Christ is a great make-out movie

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Newell_Post 5 years ago

OK, how about "Metropolis"?

It's a silent movie, so you can talk while it runs. If you have never seen it, you should. It is really quite amazing.

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slappedyomomma 5 years ago

The Big Lebowski or either of the Conan movies. she gets to see Arnold half naked and you get to see him cut people in two. its a win-win for both of you...

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Slowponder 5 years ago

Un chien andalou. It's 16 minutes long and after seeing those images, you'll know whether she's a keeper . . . .

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Pywacket 5 years ago

Newell Post~ Agreed! They simply do not write dialogue like that any more. North by Northwest delivers a similar punch with witty, sly dialogue and sexual/psychological tension, though, naturally, the tone and the times are very different.

Another keeper, in a different vein: Breakfast at Tiffany's. Many swoonable moments, interspersed with screwy humor, with wild early 60s style, all riding the tide of a superb Mancini soundtrack. What's not to love? My husband (purist that he is) loves the book better than the movie, but for me, it's a toss-up. They are very different, but each a classic.

And a newer one (1988), which quickly captured a place in my Top 5 the first time I saw it: Cinema Paradiso. It's another one that has it all--love, pain, joy, heartache, irrepressible humor, and a deep, soulful humanity to it.

CP makes for a good litmus test, too: is he or she patient and engaged enough to sit through the subtitles? Or (even better), worldly enough to understand the Italian?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years ago

Well, I'm never going to be in the position to have another first date.
If I ever am single, the only dates I will have will be rentals, so I will see any damn movie that floats my boat.

I've done the math, renting is actually cheaper.

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Christine Anderson 5 years ago

Problem Child. Went to see it in, was it, '85? with someone I wish I hadn't let get away.

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Newell_Post 5 years ago

OK, enough debate. The only real answer is:

Casablanca

It has it all: duty, loyalty, hypocrisy, unrequited love, great song, great costumes, Nazis, and 90% of the best lines in the entire history of movies.

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viewfromahill 5 years ago

Favorite first date movie... the one in which we're reflected in the darkened TV screen.

... second date... third date... carbon date....

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Chris Ogle 5 years ago

What is your favorite first date movie?

The time I really did have a date..... what was it.... HOME Alone.

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spacehog 5 years ago

Buttman's Anal Adventures, Reservoir Dogs, No Country for Old Men, anything romantic

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Newell_Post 5 years ago

First date not last, ocean.

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Danimal 5 years ago

I went to movie with a woman on a first date one time and it had a fairly graphic rape scene in it that I didn't know about; it was really awkward. Apparently she knew about it in advance. Never went on another date but we became friends.

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Newell_Post 5 years ago

How about "The Day After"? Yeah, I know the whole world gets nuked, but at least it's set in Lawrence. If not that, how about "Carnival of Souls"? Not specifically set in Lawrence, but filmed here. You can still recognize some of the buildings like the Masonic Lodge. And that Candace Hilligoss, now she was hot!

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ocean 5 years ago

farewell my concubine?

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Flap Doodle 5 years ago

Any live-action movie with a penguin is aces in my book. Double that if the penguin talks. Double again if Helena Bonham Carter is also in the movie.

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autie 5 years ago

I think Multi framed that whole thread. It couldn't be scripted any better. Low speed chase, long lost relatives, Wal Mart, K mart, jail..look out Hollywood.

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prospector 5 years ago

Bob, It will give many a reason to make Wichita the butt of the jokes. Lucky Topeka.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years ago

Pros, I thought you looked familiar!

You should have told everyone to just apply their beverage directly to the keyboard before going to that thread. Easier on the nose that way.

I think I better go save that thread, someone may end up getting pulled if it goes south.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years ago

Prospector -

I think that thread is about to go off the tracks real soon. Awesome. Thanks for bringing that too my attention.

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prospector 5 years ago

M-D, no, but my hand was in a LJW picture holding a beer not long ago.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years ago

lol! Have they put your pic in the icon box in their yellow pages ad yet?

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prospector 5 years ago

M-D, trust me, if she called there for me, I would know. Most call them the hostesses, I call them receptionist/secretary.

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Pywacket 5 years ago

T_O_B~ But is it as funny? AND as sad? I'll have to see it, for sure.

Newell Post~ Yes, I think that is okay as long as we don't play virtual footsies under our virtual bistro table while enjoying our virtual drinks after the virtual movie.

Autie~ I think you'd be pleasantly surprised to know that there are a lot of us fisherwomen out here. I've been baiting and gutting since I was just (pun intended) small fry.

And I've never tried moose meat but I've tasted (and enjoyed) barbecued raccoon.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years ago

rumor_man, I love the first 20 min of Ryan, the rest of it too.

Pros, maybe she doesn't understand when your "answering machine" answers "Freestate Brewery". Or perhaps she then understands all too well! And you need to add Ma Mere to your list. Now THAT'S a first date movie. ;)

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prospector 5 years ago

she lives, not "see lives"

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prospector 5 years ago

Psycho Sybil Fatal Attraction

Why don't my phone messages get answered? I leave 10 or 20 a day for my soon to be soul mate. If she would just call back or if I could just find out where see lives or works...

Real Fave

"Blazing Saddles"

"Me love Mongo" "The sheriff is a {bong}!" "Let me pull this out." (gasping and fainting) and The joys of sitting around a camp fire.

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rumor_man 5 years ago

Saving Private Ryan

Chicks dig the first 20 minutes.

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Jersey_Girl 5 years ago

Hmmmm, I don't believe I've ever had the opportunity to try moose meat. I think I need to go to Cabela's.

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fleeba 5 years ago

"50 first dates" with Drew Barrymore

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Multidisciplinary 5 years ago

Jersey, you've got competition in passionlibra, she fishes and love moose meat. She's from Alaska.

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Jersey_Girl 5 years ago

autie - I bait my own hooks and gut my own fish.

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autie 5 years ago

come to think of it, I wouldn't take a girl to the movie for a first date in the first place. I would take her fishing..that weeds out all non-hackers in a hurry.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years ago

Blue -

June 24th is the US release. I'm going to call Liberty Hall.

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Newell_Post 5 years ago

Py...:

I've been married for a long time too, but can I have a sort of virtual platonic date with you? I love Shaun of the Dead.

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zikzak 5 years ago

My husband took me to the movie Tombstone. It was a wonderful choice as I can't stand "chick flicks". He's was a keeper from that point on :)

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The_Original_Bob 5 years ago

Py -

Dead Snow looks sort of like Shaun of the Dead, except it has more snow and Nazis.

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Pywacket 5 years ago

Shaun of the Dead.

Actually, I've been married for a long time, so "first date" nights are irrelevant for me, but if I were in the dating pool, I think I'd use this (and a few other movies) as a compatibility measure. If he didn't love it, his chances for a second date would dim considerably.

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blue73harley 5 years ago

TOB - I hope it will go straight to DVD. Amazon does already have the Dead Snow poster for sale.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years ago

Dead Snow. And I haven't even seen it yet.

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blue73harley 5 years ago

My favorite movie -

"Tombstone".

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beatrice 5 years ago

maxc, I think of Requiem for a Dream as more of a Mother's Day movie.

snap, glad to see we have something in common. ;~)

Brazil, another great film.

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Flap Doodle 5 years ago

bea, All that Jazz is one of my favorite movies. I've never understood why it gets so little respect.

Wages of Fear is another great date movie.

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Jersey_Girl 5 years ago

Screw a movie. Go to a comedy show. Not only do you get to drink, they usually require you to!

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Newell_Post 5 years ago

"Tin Cup." No kidding.

For the guys: golf and Renee Russo.

For the gals: romance, Kevin Costner, Don Johnson, and an opportunity to salvage a damaged guy

For everybody: comedy by Cheech Marin, and "throwing it all away on one grand gesture" almost like Lawrence of Arabia. Well almost....

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mom_of_three 5 years ago

Probably want to go to a comedy for a first date movie.
Went to '9 to 5" on one first date. That was pretty good.
Dramas might be too intense for a date movie. Scary movies may not be bad, because then you have an excuse for grabbing your date's arm. Aww, gave away the secret.

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bobberboy 5 years ago

Make that "always". Sorry.

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bobberboy 5 years ago

Everything you ever wanted to know about sex.

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conservativepunker 5 years ago

"Forbidden Zone" If she can handle the twisted humor and bizarre characters, she's a winner!

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maxcrabb 5 years ago

favorite

Chinatown and Dr. Strangelove tied for first.

Date movie?

Requiem for a Dream, duh.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years ago

favorite film of all time? - beatrice

"Highlander", best movie... Ever.

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beatrice 5 years ago

best date movie imaginable, that is. The best dates don't include films.

Other good date films: Eraserhead would be good too, as would Enchanted April.

Bonus question -- favorite film of all time? Mine is All That Jazz with Roy Scheider. Great story, acting, music, dance, and it introduces Jessica Lange as Death. Great flick.

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beatrice 5 years ago

”' then do you think that “On Golden Blonde” or “Pulp Friction” be too presumptuous?'”

"Eh, you'll find out pretty quickly how the date is going to turn out."

Which brings us back to Taxi Driver. A similar plan didn't work all to well for Travis, now did it?

Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen is the best date imaginable. Or maybe Night of the Living Dead. Guess it depends on the mood.

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Rae Hudspeth 5 years ago

Hitman Transporter 3 (same plot, slightly different story) 13th Warrior

Nothing like an adrenaline rush and imminent death scenes to get the old hormones rushing about. ;)

I'd worry about someone who wanted to see a romantic comedy on the first date... too squishy.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years ago

" then do you think that “On Golden Blonde” or “Pulp Friction” be too presumptuous?"

Eh, you'll find out pretty quickly how the date is going to turn out.

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Bassetlover 5 years ago

Jery Maguire or When Harry Met Sally....classic!

Years ago, went on my first blind date to a movie called "Nothing in Common" with Tom Hanks. It was to be a harbinger of that relationship, unfortunately.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years ago

Get some of those, sit next to your date and at the appropriate moment tell him, "Oh yes, I want us to do that, it's my favorite" Then watch his face turn white knowing he could never, or would never be up for it. Then crack up. Of course, there's the wise guy who would pull out his cell phone to make a conference invite call to his buddies telling one to be sure to bring his handycam and lights. At which point I would turn white.

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Flap Doodle 5 years ago

"Yank my doodle, it's a dandy"?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years ago

jonas, Well, if we are talking about date movies viewed at home, then do you think that "On Golden Blonde" or "Pulp Friction" be too presumptuous?

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sgtwolverine 5 years ago

"I'm sure the UN will come out with some baloney this afternoon to make itself look tough."

You just described every single day of operations at the UN.

Anyway ... yeah, I'm not sure I'd choose a movie as a first date. And if I did -- which I probably wouldn't -- it most certainly wouldn't be a Seth Rogen movie.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years ago

Legend and American Pie are "date" movies?

Enjoy your celibacy, dudes!

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jonas_opines 5 years ago

Well, in March you can always watch Duke fail to play to their seeding, eh Walter?

If we're going to be home (and since most of these response movies' theatre runs ended much time ago, I guess we are) I'd have to say that a good B movie is great, for a personal MST3K experience. Anything by Troma does the trick, but you have to have that type of person with you to enjoy it.

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Tony Kisner 5 years ago

Roadhouse. Well written, terrific acting. Trucks with big tires. Something for everyone.

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webmocker 5 years ago

It's a tie between Casablanca and Deliverance.

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missmia 5 years ago

for the record- it's spelled Rogen, not Rogan

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Christine Pennewell Davis 5 years ago

No chick flick or horror movie give me a shoot em up blow them up kinda movie. Resident evil, Starwars, underworld, jason stateman movie any of them, The Bourne movies those are date movies.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years ago

So I guess they expect first dates to be at home watching a DVD? What happened to going out? Maybe they should have asked what restaurant was good for a first date. NL's Vacation was good for laughs in the theater. Seabiscuit is good for the not so young, ridden hard put away wet crowd.You don't throw someone away just because they're broken. I suppose Runaway Bride would be good for those women who want romance, but don't want him to think she's a sure thing.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years ago

autie, Straying from the party line?

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autie 5 years ago

with my first round of spousal indemnity, the movie would have been "nightmare on elm street".

TOB, I shot a missile in the air, it quickly landed, I know not where. Dear Leader is pissed by this miss, we all must now slit our wrist. Reportedly the satellite is broadcasting patriotic music...it must sound kind of blurb..gurgle..blub..gurgle.

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Flap Doodle 5 years ago

Devil Girl From Mars or Gladiator

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Donnuts 5 years ago

My Bloody Valentine or other horror... so she will jump in my lap when the scary part happens.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years ago

Autie -

I've been following that and it appears North Korea just embarrassed themselves. It was so bad, the rest of the world can't stop from giggling to issue an official condemnation. I'm sure the UN will come out with some baloney this afternoon to make itself look tough.

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Julie Craig 5 years ago

Aurora and Jay should get together. Any movie with graphic sex would be awkward to me on a first date. Times have changed, but that's just wrong. I agree with Bob and autie.

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waka1 5 years ago

dude it has gotta be mad max or a close second whoold be i spit on your grave

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autie 5 years ago

but on a brighter note, I see that North Korea launched a missile into the Pacific ocean. Kinda of like the three stooges in outer space?

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couranna1 5 years ago

Would never go to a movie on a first date Not a good way to get to know someone

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The_Original_Bob 5 years ago

"I should have taken her to “Boxing Helena”."

Boom.

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autie 5 years ago

My kid got us to rent that Knocked Up movie. I would rather let ants crawl on me as watch that again. That guy is a moron. and not funny.

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prospector 5 years ago

Clockwork Orange

She talked me into marrying her some fifteen years later and left me for an alcoholic pharmacist a few years after that. I should have taken her to "Boxing Helena".

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The_Original_Bob 5 years ago

Walter -

I would assume that an anonymous person as yourself, who picks an commenting name from a Coen Bros. movie, would dislike the sludge that generally results from Seth Rogan movies. Nothing personal against the gal. Unless, you are calling me a loser for not liking Seth Rogan movies. If so, I wear that badge with honor.

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autie 5 years ago

movie date? does what we did in seventh grade count? Then it would be one of those old westerns with James Garner or something like that. Too damn long ago to remember.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years ago

Taxi Driver, or in a pinch Red Dawn.

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walter_sobchak 5 years ago

Bob- you wouldn't have a first date, anonymous loser

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trinity 5 years ago

heh, blue...not my "favorite" first date movie, but i can remember a first date with a fella when i was in high school; we went to the local drive-in. "the exorcist" was playing. oy.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years ago

“‘Knocked Up’ or anything with Seth Rogan.” — Aurora Barker

It would appear that Aurora and I would not have a second date.

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blue73harley 5 years ago

Any movie at a drive-in.

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hitme 5 years ago

Who would go to a movie on their first date and sit there in silence for 90 minutes....boring.

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shadowbox66044 5 years ago

Religulous, she was a hard core christian, I never got the memo! oops!

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