2. Movie, Meal… And Marriage?
The Film: True Romance (1993)
The Date Location: Fleapit Cinema and diner
The Couple: Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) and Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette).
An Elvis obsessive and a call girl. Not the usual couple, then.
Does It End Well? After bonding over Sonny Chiba’s cinematic output, dinner at a diner (old Tarantino loves his diners) and some blue-lit sex, they get married.
So depending on your view of first dates and/or commitment, yeah, it does.
How To Recreate It In Blighty: We suggest hitting your local art house cinema, but preferably one like London’s Prince Charles, which plays cult pics.
Add in a meal, but don’t expect to A) have sex (men) or B) get married the next day (women) on a first date. This is reality, folks.
3. Food Of Love
The Film: 9 ½ Weeks (1986)
The Date Location: New York Apartment
The Couple: John Grey (Mickey Rourke) and Elizabeth McGraw (Kim Basinger).
She’s a sexy, divorced gallery owner. He works on Wall Street. ‘80s tune-backed sparks fly.
Does It End Well? Hell yes.
Grey spoon-feeds McGraw food from the fridge, with the drippy, tasty grub action leading to some grubbier love action.
How To Recreate It In Blighty: This one’s pretty easy: it only really needs a kitchen (preferably with wipe-clean lino), a fridge and a trip to the supermarket.
Just make sure you pick the right foods. Strawberries=right. Sprouts=wrong.
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