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10 Lessons We Can Learn From Romance Films

Dating & Relationships / February 23, 2015

Since it is post Valentine’s Day, I thought I should personally share lessons I have learned (amongst every other person in the dating world) all through my favorite romance films. Don’t worry you, too, can learn a thing or two from this list.

  1. Never open another door without closing another one.Love Jones

Nia Long’s character made the mistake of not properly ending things with her fiancé without moving on to someone else. What made matters worse is that she went back to him after she was “kicking it” with Larenz Tate’s character Darius. Why leave things unfinished with one person and start something new with someone else? Either way this made for the plot of a great film, but this can land you in hot water in the real world.

  1. Putting your career before your partner will only leave you by yourself.Love & Basketball

Sanaa Lathan played Monica, the highly driven, ambitious tomboy who eventually got the man she loved. When pressures come and you feel that your career will always put your partner last, it’s time to start making some decisions. Hopefully, you won’t make the same one she did.

  1. Never let family tear apart your relationship. – Jason’s Lyric

What we can learn from romance films: Dating, Love and Relationships

Family is funny sometimes. There are those that will intentionally do anything to destroy your relationship simply out of jealousy or because they do not want to share. In this film, Bokeem Woodbine mastered the character as the dysfunctional, problematic brother of Allen Payne who nearly killed Payne’s onscreen lady but pretty much sabotaged the relationship between the two of them.

  1. Sometimes love is much closer than you think. – Brown Sugar

It took two fiancés and a dose of jealousy to bring two people together that have known each other since kids to realize that they were meant to be with each other all along.

  1. Keep an open mind and heart. – Something New

Sanaa Lathan’s character also plays another romance film as she is the leading lady caught up in an interracial relationship with her landscapers despite the critics. Don’t worry what others will say. Their criticism will not keep you warm at night.

  1. Sometimes friends do not give you the best love/dating advice. – Think Like A Man

What we can learn from romance films: Dating, Love and Relationships

We meet Megan Good’s character who plays Mya as she takes ill advice from her friend who is played by La La Anthony.  “I don’t see nothing wrong with being a chirp chirp girl” speaks volumes about what women are willing to accept in this day and age. When a friend tells you that it is okay for you to accept something that you don’t, you have to learn which advice you should take from them.

  1. Every dog has its day. – Boomerang

Eddie Murphy plays the ladies’ man that gets his turn at Karma himself when he gets treated by his female boss the same way he would treat the women he would mess with. Karma is definitely a white horse running off into the sunset. Be careful whose heart-strings you play with.

  1. Never judge a book by its cover. – Poetic Justice

The late rapper Tupac played a jerk that seemed to be all into a woman’s vagina before anything else. But as the film delved more, we learned that there was another side to him that made Janet Jackson’s character opens her eyes and heart again.

  1. Some relationships are just not worth fighting for. 35 and Ticking

What we can learn from romance films: Dating, Love and Relationships

While this film is a lighter tone compared to the others, I must admit it was hilarious watching Mike Epps play the foolish boyfriend that bought an engagement ring from Walmart. Now although the value of the ring should not determine how much you love them, proclaiming that you bought a ring from a place where you can also buy pampers and TVs will not get you any cool points.

  1. Everyone makes mistakes. Dysfunctional Friends

While this does not classify as a romance film, it seemed like almost everyone had some sort of relationship drama. Everyone makes mistakes, but it is a matter of owning it and making it right.

  1. Everybody plays the fool sometimes. – Every romance film ever

It may sound cliché but it’s the truth. We all have done crazy things or have experienced embarrassing moments (good or bad) in the game of love. But in the end, it is all about the experience and the lesson learned behind it.

If you have not seen any of these films, I definitely suggest you do. I’ve learned something. Maybe you can too.

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Krystal Richards

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