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Must Love... Chocolate?
by Anastasia Betts

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Best Have-A-Laugh-At-Online-Dating Movie: Must Love Dogs

For anyone who has tried the online dating scene, or has been the victim of family matchmaking, Must Love Dogs is good dating choice this week. Although, I wouldn't recommended this to couples on first dates—some of the parody might hit a little too close to home. The romance between Diane Lane and John Cusak is quirky but believable, as is the relationship between Lane and her well-meaning (if not meddling) family. A good story that could have been great, it suffers slightly from predictable directing and some missed beats.. That being said, Must Love Dogs is charming in a sweet and "lovely" (as Cusak puts it) sort of way. Must Love Dogs is filled with one awkward dating situation after another—which in the end is why this movie is one that almost any dater could enjoy.

Best Childhood-Friend Date: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

For those of you that might find yourselves hanging out with a childhood friend, and in the mood for a bit of nostalgia—don't miss Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A remake (if you can really call it that) of the very best sort, this flick doesn't miss a chance to reinvent the Willy Wonka we used to know, while more faithfully revisiting Dahl's original narrative. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will no doubt provide you (and your friend) with endless opportunities to compare this version with Wilder's Willy Wonka. But remember, only this version gives you the chance to find out what happens when you touch the squirrel's nuts....

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Anastasia Betts
Anastasia Betts met her husband online and knows what makes a successful meeting between two people.

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