7 romantic shows and movies to impress your lover in Valentine’s month

Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey in The Wedding Planner.
Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey in The Wedding Planner.
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SPONSORED | We’ve got nothing against bling on Valentine’s Day – everyone deserves lavish gifts now and then. But what your date also deserves is a cosy night at home with you, indulging your soppy side with a romantic movie or two.

Here’s our pick of the top local and international movies and reality shows that are perfect for every type of South African couple. All of these are available to stream or download on ShowMax, which costs R99 per month.

Add some sweet treats and something to drink, and your date night is sorted. Now it’s time to ShowMax and relax.

1. I Now Pronounce You Black and White

If you and your partner are from different racial backgrounds, like celebrity couple J’Something and Coco Gotti, you’ll love the way a Jewish man and the young black woman with whom he falls in love come together in this South African romcom. They have to try to reconcile their two very different families while not losing sight of their love. Watch now »

2. Mo Love

Are you and your partner inspired by each other's creativity within the arts, like our very own Tol A$$ Mo and his wife, Mome? Then you’ll both relate to their reality show Mo Love.

Watch the couple juggle not only their careers in the South African entertainment industry but also their children, families and a wedding! If anything, this show will teach you the importance of having a balanced relationship with your partner. Watch now »

3. Soweto Green

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Did you or your lover grow up in exile, like Unathi Msengana and rapper Tumi, who grew up in Europe and Tanzania, respectively? Then this romcom is the movie for you. It’s about a middle-class African-American couple who move to post-apartheid South Africa and have to deal with the realities of the new South Africa.

You’ll be able to relate to it if your parents struggled to come back home, arriving in a country that was totally different from how they left it. 

Cast members include renowned actor John Kani and comedian Casper de Vries. Watch now »

4. Molly's Mojo

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Ladies, you probably never thought you’d fall in love with a bad boy, just like we’re sure Unathi surprised herself when she fell in love with, and then married, Bad Boy T. 

This movie will remind you once again how you fell for your boyfriend's bad-boy charms. Molly, who lives on the edge, swears to never date a player ... until she falls for the biggest player of them all. Cast members include Sisanda Henna and Palesa Nhlengethwa. Watch now »

5. Why Did I Get Married?

If you're wondering how the likes of Connie and Shona Ferguson have managed to last this long, maybe you and your spouse should take the time to watch this Tyler Perry romcom. Its message is that patience, love and companionship are essential in any marriage.

And with an all-star cast of Janet Jackson, Malik Yoba and Tyler Perry, you're bound to both be entertained. Watch now »

6. The Wedding Planner

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All the single ladies: quit planning your wedding by yourselves and pull your man close to enjoy this romantic classic while you plant subtle hints about how he seriously needs to put a ring on it. 

Let Jennifer Lopez help you open your man's eyes to how perfect you are for him – because you’re nothing like Matthew McConaughey’s fiancée. (No pressure, gentlemen.) Watch now »

7. Boys & Girls

This Freddie Prinze Jr movie calls to mind celebs like Psyfo and Hulisani Ravele, who were childhood stars who eventually fell in love and got married.

If you’ve been friends with your lover since you were kids, remember how you never really liked each other but, as you grew older, you grew on each other? Then you’ll know all about how to be a friend first and a lover second because, as this movie teaches us, friendships are the cornerstone of any romantic relationship. Watch now »

Now start watching!

All these movies and series can be streamed online or downloaded to watch offline on tablets and smartphones on internet-TV service ShowMax right now for just R99 a month.  

ShowMax has also recently launched ShowMax Select. It costs R49 and is available to Vodacom customers and is optimised for mobile devices.When you sign up at ShowMax.com, you’ll get a 14-day free trial »

This article was paid for by ShowMax.

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