April 20th, 2012
01:24 PM ET
Opening in theaters today - just in time for your date night pleasure! - are two movies focused on affairs of the heart.
One of them, Zac Efron's "The Lucky One," is based on the novel of by Nicholas Sparks and falls squarely in the romantic drama category. The other is "Think Like A Man," an adaptation of Steve Harvey's relationship guide for women.
It's a romantic comedy with a plot that chronicles the sometimes-backwards tactics men and women employ when it comes to dating, but you just know that someone, somewhere, is probably going to have an ill-fated "lightbulb" moment while watching it.
Obviously, none of us live inside of a rom-com, and we all know that dating in the real world doesn't play out the same way it does on the big screen. But nonetheless, there are still occasions when we take something that Hollywood sells us to heart, for better or worse. So here are five lessons on dating that we've learned from movies over the years. What are some of yours?
1. "Say Anything" (1989) - Sometimes the best way to express how you feel is with a "boombox under the window" - or your best version of it.
2. "A Bronx Tale" (1993) - Nearly 20 years after this movie was released, and "the door test" still holds water.
3. "When Harry Met Sally" (1989)– Go for the one who's the last person you want to talk to before going to sleep at night. (And hopefully, you can name someone other than your mother.)
4. "Love and Basketball" (2000) - Every now and then, an ultimatum just might work. Doesn't hurt if it involves playing one-on-one in a sports bra.
5. "(500) Days of Summer" (2009) - This rom-com isn't the most, shall we say, uplifting, but it does remind us that heartbreak can be followed by a new opportunity. That, and don't try to date Zooey Deschanel. (As in, her character, obviously.)
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