Love Is Bizarre: 7 Odd Movies for Valentine’s Day

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Everyone is familiar with the classic Valentines Day movies. There’s Dirty Dancing, Casablanca, Say Anything, and maybe even a little Pride and Prejudice. Many of them are great films, and there’s nothing wrong with a straightforward romance if that’s what you’re looking for. For those who haven’t lost patience with this love-fest and rented Saw III for February 14 because you just can’t stomach A Walk to Remember, here’s a few unusual love stories that don’t completely overdo it on the sugar.

1. Benny and Joon

Benny and Joon is nothing if not unique. It combines the slap-stick humor of Buster Keaton with a more serious tale of unique individuals finding love that works. Johnny Depp plays Sam — a young man who may think a little slower, has difficulty reading and writing, but knows how to iron a decent grilled cheese with a sunny disposition and strange brand of physical comedy that make him brilliant in his own right.

It also makes him the perfect partner to the troubled young woman, Joon, who’s brother Benny cares for her to the neglect of his own love life. Joon is intelligent, a painter, both well-read and well-spoken, but socially and mentally tormented beyond a point where her brother considers her capable of romantic attachment. Then Sam comes to stay with them after Benny loses a bet and life gets messy.

The film pairs two challenged individuals, but makes their challenges complementary. Of course, the movie isn’t without its frustrations, worries, and difficulties surrounding a family with special needs — even high-functioning disorders — but it adds humor and sweetness in there as well.

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