Date night is always challenging. Once you decide what and where to eat, there's the big decision: home theatre or movie theatre? Most people typically choose the home theatre because you can wear pajamas and cuddle under a fuzzy blanket versus sitting still and the trauma of spilling popcorn without the option of unlimited refills.
Once you decide to stay home, a more significant hurdle comes: fighting a movie you and your date can agree on. Then there's the separate debate of if the film is appropriate for Christian viewers, whether R or PG-13 is the limit, or whether you should scale back to G. However you say it, the point is it's tough to find a film that you and your date can agree on that doesn't compromise your faith.
The plus side is by choosing to watch a movie at home, your options are limitless compared to what's showing at your local theatre. There are streaming services, rental places, and even network television available for suggestions. So here are some non-stereotypical, genre-busting options for date night. Some options are meant for Christian audiences, and others aren't. Hopefully, you can find something on this list that you and your date agree with and doesn't create a faith crisis.
"Hitch" - Rated PG-13
Some people may call this film a romantic comedy, but it's more appropriately labeled as a comedy. It's not a newly released movie, but its comedic elements are timeless. Kevin James stars as a single man struggling to find a date. He hires “Hitch,“ played by Will Smith, a well-defined dating expert, to help him. The movie's funniest moments are between Smith and James, whose on-screen chemistry negates any romantic chemistry between their female co-stars. The film is excellent for those who enjoy playful romance, like to laugh, and need some help with their dance moves. Christians can enjoy the positivity of male friendships and a feel-good ending.
"Dances With Wolves" - Rated PG-13
If you love westerns or your significant other loves history, this is the perfect film for your date night. Set in the Civil War era, Kevin Costner stars as Lieutenant Dunbar, whose successful war career earned him a position of his choice. While headed west, Dunbar confronts the significant challenges that come with his post. His dealings with the Native Americans, hesitant romance with a white woman being held captive, and struggles between being white and his brand new loyalty to the Tribe make this movie a tale of tug and pull. This movie is perfect for people who love westerns and drama, while Christians will enjoy a historical film with fantastic acting.
"God's Not Dead" - Rated PG
God's Not Dead is a film for those in the mood for a feel-good and faith-challenging movie. This film will take viewers on a journey into God's existence, the validity of faith, and whether or not we should take a stand for Him. Follow the ride of a college student who fights with his atheist professor who inflexibly wants his student to abandon his faith. You'll walk away from the film with thought-provoking concepts and be inspired to grow in your faith, standing stronger than ever before.
"Breakthrough" - Rated PG
Nothing will break your heart more than a film where a mother fights for her child's life. In Breakthrough, you'll hear the story of Joyce Smith, who goes into a spiritual battle to save the life of her son, John. When John is rescued after falling through ice and considered brain dead, Joyce pleads with God to save his life. This heartwarming but anxiety-riddled movie tells Joyce's story through a miraculous series of events. Based on a true story, this film will give viewers a new perspective on the fierceness of a mother's love and the power of prayer. This movie focuses on the importance of faith and is perfect for couples who love family drama and medical storylines.
"Braven" - Rated R
For those who enjoy a little action in their movies, look no further than Braven. This film stars Jason Momoa in a far cry from his Aquaman role; he plays a logger, Joe Braven, who's hopelessly devoted to his family. While caring for his dementia-suffering father, Momoa and his family journey to their secluded log cabin, where they face their nightmare. Braven goes to battle to protect his property and family from drug runners. Together, the family fights for each other, which makes this film relatable. People who love fight scenes will enjoy this film, while Christians will appreciate the lack of sex scenes.
The truth is everyone has varying tolerance, interests, and what we see the as good quality for date night. The fun part about watching movies is finding what you and your date like together. Once you find that, date nights can be fun.