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"I re-enacted famous first dates from movies and this is what happened"
Dating IRL usually involves a few drinks in a not-too-expensive bar, but if movies are anything to go by we should be swept off our feet by a creative, unique date every single time.
I've yet to be treated like a leading lady, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and test out famous movie first dates. I streamed some of NOW TV’s flirtiest flicks for inspiration, spread the word that I was looking for eligible bachelors and pulled out all the stops – well, as many as I could – for the lucky men. Here’s what went down.
1. A drive-in movie (Grease)
I kicked off my week of romance with Dom*, a friend of a colleague. Unfortunately, living in London on millennial wages means that neither of us own a Dodge Wayfarer convertible to cosy up in. Instead, we headed to Kensington Palace for an outdoor film screening ofVictoria & Abdul(currently streaming on NOW TV), hosted by Luna Cinema.
I arrived 15 minutes late but Dom was waiting patiently - a good sign. He was immediately warm and easy to get along with, plus his chat was funny.
Was it love?
With such a romantic setting (picture fairy lights strung through ivy archways), I felt some attraction and would definitely see Dom again, but I’m not sure if it would be as more than friends.
2. A dinner party (Notting Hill)
What better way to spend a first date than exposing them to all your mates? Luckily I have great friends (who are also great cooks), so I invited Darren* to a dinner party, inspired by Hugh Grant's characterNotting Hill, who takes his movie star girlfriend (Julia Roberts) for a casual get-together with his pals.
He might not be a movie star but Darren ticked all my boxes from the get-go. He was super polite to my friends and messaged me to check I got home OK. He was so funny that we didn’t end up leaving until midnight.
Was it love?
We've been chatting since the date, but he turned down my invitation to date #3 so I’m not sure he’s interested in taking things further.
3. A trip to Ikea (500 Days of Summer)
Taken from500 Days of Summer, this date sees Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer (Zooey Deschanel) play house in Ikea. On screen, it's cute and playful. In reality, I could not getoneman to come to Croydon with me. Excuses ranged from "it's too far" and "I'm going for drinks with the boys" to "I just don't want to". This resulted in me third wheeling with my housemate and her boyfriend in the hope of meeting an eligible guy by the bed linen.
There were kitchens, there were bedrooms, but there were no single men I could entice on a date. Everywhere I turned were guys with young children or partners, with nobody for me to flirt with over meatballs.
Was it love?
Apart from the faux leopard rug I was eyeing up, there was no love to be found on my jaunt around Ikea. Going on a Saturday afternoon probably wasn't the best of ideas. Then again, do young single menevergo to Ikea?
4. A cooking class (Hitch)
I have a confession to make – I met James* on holiday earlier this year and was immediately interested. I definitely used this article as an excuse to slide into his DMs. Thankfully he said yes, so I copied Will Smith's 'date doctor' inHitch(stream this rom-com classic on NOW TV) and booked us in for a cooking class – minus the massive allergic reaction.
We met at Bunga Bunga Battersea where we sipped Aperol Spritz before making pizza. James was so good, the chef high-fived him for his perfect prove. There was even aGhostpottery moment where he helped me to stretch my less successful, sticky dough (not a euphemism).
Was it love?
The conversation flowed, there was plenty of physical contact and his ambition and confidence made him a winner in my eyes. I asked him out again a few days later, only for him to leave me on 'seen'. Brutal.
*Names have been changed
So, did taking inspiration from the silver screen improve my dating life? Having an activity to do took the pressure off keeping up a conversation and I did feel pretty sassy channelling the likes ofHitch’s Eva Mendes andNotting Hill’s Julia Roberts. It also showed me that there's more to do on a first date than chat over overpriced G&Ts.
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