If you’re in a relationship it’s inevitable that at some point you’re going to get dragged to a lady-pleasing movie you don’t want to see, one that even the promise of a hot actress onscreen for ninety minutes can’t save. Would you sit through Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants just to see Blake Lively in said pants? Are you already excited to see Brooklyn Decker amongst a bevy of pregnant women in What to Expect When You’re Expecting? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean it can’t work the other way around. Here are three manly movies in theaters this week with leading men heartthrob-y enough that your girl will tag along.
If She Hates: Gore, Cars
She’ll Still See: Drive starring Ryan Gosling
Gosling stars as ‘Driver,’ a lone stunt driver by day and wheelman-for-hire by night. There are lots of moody shots of him driving his car around unfamiliar corners of LA and fixing it up in a garage. Soon a girl enters the picture, a job goes wrong, and there’s plenty of hardcore violence and gore from there. Still, Gosling looks totally dreamy stomping someone’s face into the ground.
If She Hates: Baseball, Statistics
She’ll Still See: Moneyball starring Brad Pitt
Given all the marketing behind this film (For men: Pitt's on the cover of Sports Illustrated. For women: he’s trash talking Jennifer Aniston in interviews…kind of.) you probably already know what it’s about. In case you don’t, Pitt stars as the Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane who attempts to put together a competitive team based on a computer-generated analysis…and has really great hair while doing it.
If She Hates: Mixed Martial Arts, Strained relationships between brothers and fathers
She’ll Still See: Warrior starring Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton star as estranged brothers who share a mutual disdain for their alcoholic father, who was also their former MMA trainer. The family drama between the three men actually takes center stage against some unnerving and bloody fight scenes in the ring. Remind your girlfriend that these fights are shirtless.