Valentine's Day is fast approaching and over the weekend I chatted with some of my friends who aren't too excited to do the same old, same old thing of cards and candy. So we started thinking up other romantic gestures — quirkier, cuter things that a sweetie might not expect. And of course, this turned into a discussion of romantic gestures taken from — or inspired by — movies and TV.
For example, I know a woman who had her guy stand outside her apartment with the trench coat and the boom box raised over his head, a la Lloyd Dobler (does that cross over into creepy? Discuss.). A guy friend of mine said he wishes he had the courage to play a song on his guitar in front of a plane full of strangers, like Robbie (Adam Sandler) in The Wedding Singer. There was also some discussion of how awesome it might be to receive 1,000 daisies, like Lorelei does on Gilmore Girls, or dozen after dozen of those lovely lavender roses that Lewis (Christian Slater) sends to Lisa (Mary Stuart Masterson) in Bed of Roses. And, of course, my boyfriend had to joke that for Valentine's Day he'll put on a suit, get me one rose and ask if I'll accept it (OK, I get it, that is what I get for putting him through countless hours of The Bachelor).
Have you ever been the recipient — or the giver — of an entertainment-inspired gift or gesture? Are there moments from film and television that make you wish your significant other would do something similar?