What: Valentine's Day option No. 1.
Why: Why do couples stay together, even if they seem mismatched, hostile or competitive? That's the deeper question behind Julie Delpy's charming, deceptively offhand movie, which follows a boho French woman (Delpy) and her uptight New York Jewish boyfriend (Adam Goldberg) as they travel to Paris and encounter her hippie parents and her old lovers, who seem to pop up at every party and on every street. It's Annie Hall via Before Sunset--disarmingly charming, especially Goldberg's laugh-out-loud grumpiness at French culture and his girlfriend's colorful past.
What: Valentine's Day option No. 2.
Why: Here they are again--the neurotic Jewish man and the free-spirited woman who loves him. Like 2 Days in Paris, it's written by its female star--Kissing Jessica Stein's Jennifer Westfeldt, whose willowy, directionless Abby could be Annie Hall's little sister. The story tracks the ups and downs of two New Yorkers who meet at the gym, impulsively marry and deal with crazy parents, beautifully embodied by Judith Light, Robert Klein, Fred Willard and Frances Conroy. It's a familiar story, played with charm and emotion, populated by great actors in small roles.
What: Valentine's Day option No. 3
Why: "Most dates succeed only if they involve a wacky situation." That's some of the great guy wisdom--derived from an eight-hour Three's Company marathon--of Tom, Henry and Rod, the Astoria twentysomethings of this popular web serial. It's the anti-Entourage--the goofy antics of three regular guys, clueless about yet obsessed with women, whose friendships are the heart of their lives. It's one of the most believable, enjoyable webcoms, and you can catch the whole last season before the guys' looming CBS pilot deal turns them into the male Sex and the City.