Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and as a drivers ed company, we should probably tell you that in order to pick up your date in style, you need to get your driver license asap. While this is definitely true, we don’t want to set any unrealistic expectations. In fact, we realized when looking through date pickup scenes in romantic movies, that there’s a lot out there that’s pretty implausible. (We doubt you’ll be picking up your date this February 14 in a luxury vehicle, for example.)
Nevertheless, we wanted to take a look at some of the best date pickup scenes in famous rom-coms. These scenes might not represent the typical teenage date well, but we don’t love them any less because of it.
Say Anything… (1989)
No driving involved, but a car certainly makes the perfect backdrop for Lloyd Drober’s boombox serenade. Nowadays, your crush just shares their Discover Weekly playlist with you and hopes that sends a signal. Way less romantic.
Recreate the Scene for Valentine’s Day: Buy a stereo from 1989 off Ebay. Also buy a Peter Gabriel tape. Play “In Your Eyes” loudly outside your significant other’s window and hope their parents and/or neighbors don’t hear it and call in a noise complaint. You got this.
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had the most popular kid in your high school pick you up from a wedding in a red Porsche. Not me. Also, what high schooler drives a Porsche?
Recreate the scene for Valentine’s Day: Somehow find a Porsche and blast “If You Leave” by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark from your car radio. Finish the night with birthday cake.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Another ridiculous car for a high school student to be driving. If only it were so easy for you to skip class, pick up your girlfriend in a Ferrari and fool your principal with a shoddy disguise consisting of Ray-Bans and a trench coat. Though unrealistic, Ferris certainly does make it look fun.
Recreate the scene for Valentine’s Day: When your date asks you’re going to do that night, slyly say: “What aren’t we going to do?” Then hide your friend in the backseat and make him be your third wheel.
Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)
Okay, but has anybody ever given you a ride on a lawnmower and then driven off into the sunset while simultaneously kissing you and somehow not crashing the lawnmower? This may be even more unrealistic than the 16-year-old who drives a Porsche.
Recreate the Scene for Valentine’s Day: Don’t. We strongly discourage kissing and driving.
Roman Holiday (1953)
Not exactly a date, but romance is in the air when Princess Anne accidentally steals a Vespa and reporter Joe Bradley jumps on the back of it to try to stop her. (By the way, it’s not very Aceable to steal a vehicle or ride a scooter without a helmet.)
Recreate the Scene for Valentine’s Day: Travel to Rome. Be a royal pretending to be a commoner. Actually, don’t even try this one.
Love Actually (2003)
Only in the movies does the attractive, single Prime Minister of the United Kingdom pick you up from your house and take you to your kid cousin’s school nativity play.
Recreate the Scene for Valentine’s Day: Hire a limo driver to pick you and your date up. When your date asks what restaurant you’re going to, break the news that you’re actually going to an amateur theater production starring children in papier mâché animal costumes. Score!
Cruel Intentions (1999)
Bad boy Sebastian Valmont actually has a bit of a rule-following streak in him as evidenced by this car scene. When love interest Annette Hargrove tries to make Sebastian laugh while he’s driving, he says to her: “Stop it; it’s distracting.” Wow, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Sebastian. So much for being a rebel.
Recreate the Scene for Valentine’s Day: Also don’t. Wow, why are there so many bad drivers in rom-coms?
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
Compared with other date pickup scenes in movies, the one in Bridget Jones’s Diary is the most true to life. The “no-longer-tragic-spinster” Bridget is having a Grace Kelly moment in her new beau’s convertible when she loses her headscarf to the wind. Later, she arrives at their destination with a not-so-glamorous windswept ‘do. Pro-tip: Never pick up your long-haired date in a convertible.
Recreate the Scene for Valentine’s Day: Don’t, unless you desire this hairstyle.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
This isn’t a scene in which a guy picks up a girl for a date in his car, but rather an unforgettable pickup line that happens between two people driving cars. When underachiever David Wooderson sees intellectual Cynthia Dunn at the drive-in window next to him, he can’t help but comment, “Alright, alright, alright.” And thus, Matthew McConaughey’s famous catchphrase was born.
Recreate the Scene for Valentine’s Day: Pull up to any drive-in close to DKR Stadium at UT. Wait for Matthew McConaughey to appear.