The Ultimate Valentine's Day Rom-Com Drinking Game

by Alexia LaFata

As the bitter single girls on your Facebook timeline have continually reminded you, this weekend is Valentine's Day. It will be a day when candy will be eaten by the handful, roses will be delivered by the dozen and millions of people's expectations about how the day should go will probably be crushed. Love is in the air, people.

No matter your relationship status, however -- whether you are single (hopefully not bitter about it), in a loving relationship, or dating someone casually -- you really CAN enjoy Valentine's Day. And you don't have to have a fancy sit-down dinner at an expensive restaurant, either. Just look no further than this rom-com drinking game.

Watching a rom-com is a pretty standard low-key Valentine's Day activity. It's a casual way to lead into good ol' fashioned Netflix and chill. But if you want to up the ante (and horniness, probably), why not add alcohol to the mix?

For this game, you'll need literally any rom-com, your favorite hard liquor and your favorite beer. Let's begin.


When either member of the lead couple does anything that you would normally call the authorities for (examples include but aren't limited to: showing up at someone's front door or office unannounced, throwing rocks at the window, tracking down where someone is through a friend)

When the female lead wakes up in the morning looking flawless

When the female lead cries and her makeup remains perfect

When the female lead gets her nails done with someone

When the female lead's sassy best friend is sassy

When the female lead does anything embarrassing but it's seen as adorable (examples include but aren't limited to: getting too drunk, having food in her teeth, tripping)

When the male lead's best friend talks some sense into him

When the male lead plays a one-on-one basketball game with a friend

When the male lead plays basketball alone

When the male lead remembers a detail about the female lead (examples include but aren't limited to: her favorite candy, her favorite restaurant, her favorite outfit)

When either member of the lead couple indicates that he/she doesn't like the other

When either member of the lead couple tries to act all tough and guarded but someone makes him/her open up

When either member of the lead couple mentions a dream job in another city

When either member of the lead couple shows up late to work in the morning

When there's a dog (take TWO MORE GULPS if said dog is used to attract either member of the lead couple)

When there's a small child (take TWO MORE GULPS if the child is being wise and giving good advice)

When an older parental figure gives advice

When the platonic friend of the opposite sex of either member of the lead couple pines for him/her


If the movie features Katherine Heigl, Drew Berrymore, Matthew McConaughey, and/or Paul Rudd (1 SHOT per actor)

When there's an overhead shot of an entire city

When any male or female meets each other organically but poetically (examples include but aren't limited to: in an elevator, falling down on top of each other, on the street corner)

When either member of the lead couple runs frantically to find the other

When either member of the lead couple goes back to an ex, but it's all wrong

When there's a freakout with a condom

When a simple misunderstanding that could have been easily cleared up by one conversation tears the lead couple apart

When either member of the lead couple realizes he/she is in love with the other

When there's a scene showing a really outdated form of technological communication (examples include but aren't limited to: flip phones with all-caps texting, a weird form of AOL Instant Messenger, some e-mail program that doesn't even accurately depict how e-mail works)

When the song in the closing credits does not match the vibe of the movie at all


If you're 10 minutes into the movie and everyone is white

When there's a chase through an airport

When "I love you" is said way too soon

When the hardworking career woman finally learns to loosen up

When the player finally changes his ways

When the lead couple has sex (take 1 MORE SHOT if there is intense eye contact, simultaneous orgasm and he's on top)

If it's the end of the movie and nobody went to the bathroom

If you end the movie with unrealistic expectations about your own love life